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17 Celebs You Didn’t Know Are Of Native American Descent

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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Jolie’s mother, Marcia Lynne Bertrand, was of Native American heritage. Bertrand, also an actress, founded the All Tribes Foundation. This humanitarian act was inspired by Bertrand’s partner, a Native American poet.
Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi
Cudi’s Native American history comes from his father. Cudi’s father was half Mexican and half Native American. Unfortunately, Cudi’s father passed away when Cudi was only 11.
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
The Native American Music Hall of Fame actually inducted Hendrix as their first member! Through his grandmother, this famous musician was one-quarter Cherokee. While his father was African-American, Jimi’s mother had Cherokee and Aztec blood.
Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
Dawson claims her Native American heritage through her biological father. Dawson’s father was caucasian with Native American ancestry. Dawson’s mother is of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican descent.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
Depp lays claim to Native American ancestry through his great-grandmother. Depp’s family is from Kentucky, rich in Cherokee and Creek Indian heritage. His great-grandmother was “quite a bit of Native American”, according to the actor.
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
The Cyrus family is quite vocal about their Native American heritage. Miley and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, claim they are part Cherokee. The Cyrus’s have even celebrated their descent through tattoos featuring Native American themes.
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
This iconic musician was part Native American. Native American blood came to Presley through this mother’s side. Presley’s great-great-great-grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee Indian.
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel
Biel’s family includes Native American lineage. It is Biel’s mother, Kim Biel, who passes on the Native American blood. Many have credited Biel’s cheekbones to her Native American ancestry.
The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers, all musicians, are said to be of Native American descent. Cherokee blood runs through their father’s side of the family. Additionally, the boys have German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian and French-Canadian ancestry.
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
Diaz comes from a meld of heritages. Her father is Cuban-American. Diaz’s mother is a descendant of Native Americans, Italians and Germans.
Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
An acting and martial arts legend, Norris’s family has Native American lineage. Norris’s father passed on the Cherokee blood. Norris’s mother was Irish.
Jennifer Tilly
Jennifer Tilly
This actress has Native American and Chinese heritage. This blend of blood has offered Tilly an unique and exotic look. Her Native American ancestry was contributed through Tilly’s mother.
Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear
Locklear’s father passed on his Native American blood. The actress’s heritage lies in the Lumbee Indians. The Lumbee Indians are still living in North Carolina.
Ben Harper
Ben Harper
This musician has played a variety of instruments and music genres. Perhaps part of his versatility comes from his mixed heritage. Harper’s ancestry includes Cherokee, African-American, Jew, and Russian-Lithuanian Jew.
Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips
Though born in the Philippines, this American actor is of mixed heritage. Phillip’s father had Cherokee blood as well as Scottish and Irish. His mother’s heritage was a mix of Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese and Spanish.
Tori Amos
Tori Amos
Cherokee Indians were in the her mother’s side of the family. Her mother’s great-grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee Indian. This same great-great-grandmother lived through the Trail of Tears as well as the Civil War and remained in the Smoky Mountains.
Will Rogers
Will Rogers
This famous American writer was born on Indian Territory – now Oklahoma. Rogers was part Cherokee. He was said to have identified with Native Americans from an early age.

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