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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  • Kicking Bird
    Dances with Wolves
    155 votes

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • Wind In His Hair
    Dances with Wolves
    135 votes

    Played By: Rodney A. Grant

  • Chief Bromden
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    143 votes

    Played By: Will Sampson

  • Chingachgook
    The Last of the Mohicans
    122 votes

    Played By: Russell Means

  • Walter Crow Horse

    Walter Crow Horse

    98 votes

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • Chester Lake
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    112 votes

    Played By: Adam Beach