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The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Dances with Wolves

Played By: Graham Greene

2
Chief Bromden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Played By: Will Sampson

3
Chingachgook is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
The Last of the Mohicans

Played By: Russell Means

4
Chester Lake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Played By: Adam Beach

5
Billy Sole is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Billy Sole Predator

Played By: Sonny Landham

6
Chakotay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek

Played By: Robert Beltran

7
Tonto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Inspector Gadget, The Lone Ranger
8
'Jose' Chavez y Chavez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Young Guns, Young Guns II

Played By: Lou Diamond Phillips

9
Wind In His Hair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Dances with Wolves

Played By: Rodney A. Grant

10
Maggie Eagle Bear is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Maggie Eagle Bear Thunderheart

Played By: Sheila Tousey

11
Elisa Maza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Gargoyles, Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken

Voiced By: Salli Richardson

12
Little Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Little Bear The Indian in the Cupboard

Played By: Litefoot

13
Joseph Gribble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Joseph Gribble King of the Hill

Voiced By: Brittany Murphy (1997–2000), Breckin Meyer (2000–2009)

14
Tiger Lily is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
The Adventures of Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Peter Pan
15
Walter Crow Horse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Walter Crow Horse Thunderheart

Played By: Graham Greene

16
Apache Chief is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
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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Forge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Marvel Universe

Voiced By: Marc Strange (X-Men: The Animated Series), Samuel Vincent (X-Men Evolution), and Roger Craig Smith (Wolverine and the X-Men)

18
Virgil White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Virgil White Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Played By: Gil Birmingham

19
Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Pocahontas, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, The New World

Voiced By: Irene Bedard

20
John Redcorn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
John Redcorn King of the Hill

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

21
Suzy Song is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Suzy Song Smoke Signals

Played By: Irene Bedard

22
Thomas Builds-the-Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Thomas Builds-the-Fire Smoke Signals

Played By: Evan Adams

23
Hanzee Dent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Fargo

Played By: Zhan McClarnon

24
Tommy Oliver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers

Played By: Jason David Frank

25
Victor Joseph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV
Victor Joseph Smoke Signals

Played By: Adam Beach