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The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV

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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  • 1

    Walter Crow Horse

    Thunderheart
    92
    7

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • Dances with Wolves
    149
    14

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • Dances with Wolves
    125
    14

    Played By: Rodney A. Grant

  • The Last of the Mohicans
    115
    13

    Played By: Russell Means

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    135
    20

    Played By: Will Sampson

  • 6

    Suzy Song

    Smoke Signals
    78
    11

    Played By: Irene Bedard

  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    100
    16

    Played By: Adam Beach

  • 8

    Thomas Builds-the-Fire

    Smoke Signals
    71
    12

    Played By: Evan Adams

  • 9

    Little Bear

    The Indian in the Cupboard
    103
    19

    Played By: Litefoot

  • 10

    Virgil White

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    75
    15

    Played By: Gil Birmingham

  • 11

    Maggie Eagle Bear

    Thunderheart
    79
    16

    Played By: Sheila Tousey

  • 12

    Victor Joseph

    Smoke Signals
    91
    19

    Played By: Adam Beach

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel Universe
    63
    13

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight, Superhuman speed

    Played By: Booboo Stewart

  • Young Guns, Young Guns II
    86
    19

    Played By: Lou Diamond Phillips

  • Inspector Gadget, The Lone Ranger
    85
    22
  • 16

    Billy Sole

    Predator
    75
    22

    Played By: Sonny Landham

  • 61
    18

    Played By: Zhan McClarnon

  • Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek
    68
    22

    Played By: Robert Beltran

  • Dances with Wolves
    69
    29
  • Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation
    34
    15

    Powers & AbilitiesShapeshifting

    Played By: Litefoot

  • 21

    Fern White

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    32
    16

    Played By: Sheri Foster

  • 22

    John Redcorn

    King of the Hill
    56
    31

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

  • Pocahontas, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
    52
    35

    Voiced By: Irene Bedard

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
    50
    37

    Powers & AbilitiesShapeshifting, Healing factor

    Played By: Taylor Lautner

  • DC Universe
    33
    25

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