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The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV

Updated April 4, 2019 2.0k votes 212 voters 4.5k views34 items

Looking for the best Native American characters in film and TV history? When it comes to fair representation in pop culture, Native Americans are pretty scarce. However, of the small percentage of these characters in entertainment, most are known for leaving a lasting impression.

Not simply limited to historic roles in films like Dances With Wolves, this list features superheroes, detectives, crime fighters, and more. In fact, most of these characters feature leading roles - which is a far cry from the olden days where most Native American actors were only reserved for Westerns. Every character on this list brings something special to the table, whether they’re in animated form, historical garb, or superhero attire. Do you have a favorite character?

Vote up the best Native American characters on this list or add your own favorites who aren't listed but deserve to be acknowledged.

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    13

    Kicking Bird

    Dances with Wolves

    Played By: Graham Greene

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    97
    18

    Chief Bromden

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Played By: Will Sampson

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    78
    6

    Chingachgook

    The Last of the Mohicans

    Played By: Russell Means

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    82
    11

    Wind In His Hair

    Dances with Wolves

    Played By: Rodney A. Grant

  • 5
    64
    11

    Victor Joseph

    Smoke Signals

    Played By: Adam Beach

  • 6
    59
    7

    Walter Crow Horse

    Thunderheart

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • 7
    66
    14

    Little Bear

    The Indian in the Cupboard

    Played By: Litefoot

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    64
    15

    Chester Lake

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Played By: Adam Beach

  • 9
    52
    9

    Suzy Song

    Smoke Signals

    Played By: Irene Bedard

  • 10
    50
    11

    Thomas Builds-the-Fire

    Smoke Signals

    Played By: Evan Adams

  • 11
    54
    15

    Maggie Eagle Bear

    Thunderheart

    Played By: Sheila Tousey

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    54
    15

    'Jose' Chavez y Chavez

    Young Guns, Young Guns II

    Played By: Lou Diamond Phillips

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    51
    16

    Billy Sole

    Predator

    Played By: Sonny Landham

  • 14
    47
    15

    Tonto

    Inspector Gadget, The Lone Ranger
  • 15
    45
    15

    Played By: Zhan McClarnon

  • 16
    46
    18

    Chakotay

    Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek

    Played By: Robert Beltran

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    43
    15

    Virgil White

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Played By: Gil Birmingham

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    36
    10

    Warpath

    X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel Universe

    Played By: Booboo Stewart

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    41
    20

    Stands With a Fist

    Dances with Wolves
  • 20
    39
    24

    John Redcorn

    King of the Hill

    Voiced By: Victor Aaron (Season 1), Jonathan Joss (Season 2–13)

  • 21
    28
    18

    Elisa Maza

    Gargoyles, Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken

    Voiced By: Salli Richardson

  • 22
    33
    25

    Pocahontas

    Pocahontas, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

    Voiced By: Irene Bedard

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    26
    17

    Apache Chief

    DC Universe

    Voiced By: Regis Cordic (The All-New Super Friends Hour, Episode 1 ), Michael Rye (remaining episodes), Maurice LaMarche (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law)

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    20
    10

    Nightwolf

    Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation

    Played By: Litefoot

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    20
    14

    Fern White

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Played By: Sheri Foster