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Celebrity Native Americans claim ties to various tribes indigenous to the United States. These notable faces in art, film, and music often draw from their background for their work, ensuring indigenous people are accurately represented in pop culture.

Native American heritage, however, can be complicated territory. Some celebrities fail to verify their ancestry, leading to accusations that such stars are exploiting questionable Native ties to deflect criticism. Actors like Johnny Depp and Taylor Lautner's claims of indigenous ancestry, for example, were questioned after the actors took on roles playing Native Americans. 

Luckily, many famous Native Americans can prove their ties definitively, and do a good job of representing the traditionally marginalized group in media. Singers like Beyoncé, Tori Amos, and Jimi Hendrix have Native ancestors, and singer and actress Rosario Dawson is of a mixed race background that includes some Native heritage.

Browse this list to learn about more celebs who are Native American! 

Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Are Native American
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Cameron Diaz has stated she has Native American ancestry on her mother's side.

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Age: 45

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Are Native American
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Elvis Presley's great-great-great-grandmother was reportedly a full-blooded Cherokee Indian.

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Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

Birthplace: Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, United States of America, Tupelo, + more

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#67 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#4 on The Best Singers of All Time

#7 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Rock Vocalists

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Megan Fox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Are Native American
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Megan Fox has a small amount of Powhatan Native American blood in her ancestry.

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America

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#1 on The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

#57 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#3 on The Most Beautiful Women in the World

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Are Native American
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Jimi Hendrix's grandmother was Cherokee.

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Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)

Birthplace: Washington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America, + more

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#86 on The Best Singers of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#45 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#8 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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