Famous Native Americans You Had No Clue About!

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Thanks to movies, books and pictures on the internet, the image of people wearing feathers on their heads is what conjures up in the minds of most people on hearing ‘native Americans’. Several movies in recent times, including the critically and commercially acclaimed ‘The Revenant’ has revolved around Americans and their conflicts with the US military. Warriors like Red Cloud, Geronimo and Crazy Horse, ballerina Maria Tall Chief, actor Will Rogers and Pocahontas are a few famous native Americans, who have great historic significance. Pocahontas is a famous figure who has got many people around the world curious. According to legends, Pocahontas was a kind-hearted woman who saved an Englishman who almost died at the hands of her American father. Red Cloud, Geronimo and Cloud Horse are warriors who revolted against the US military forces and gave the sophisticated army troops nightmares. Will Rogers is an actor who has essayed several roles in almost 71 films and has penned several articles. Here are the names of other famous yesteryear Americans the history books probably didn’t tell you.
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 1 
Jim Thorpe
(Athlete)
Jim Thorpe
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28, 1953
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 2 
Pocahontas
(Native American)
Pocahontas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1596 AD
Birthplace: Gloucester County, Virginia
Died: February 29, 1617
 3 
Vivica A. Fox
(Actress)
Vivica A. Fox
9
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 4 
Sitting Bull
(Warrior)
Sitting Bull
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1831 AD
Birthplace: Grand River
Died: December 15, 1890
 5 
Crazy Horse
(Military Leader, Folk Hero)
Crazy Horse
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota
Died: September 5, 1877
 6 
Charles Curtis
(Former Vice President of the United States)
Charles Curtis
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Topeka
Died: February 8, 1936
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Evo Morales
(President of Bolivia)
Evo Morales
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orinoca Canton
 8 
Crispus Attucks
(First person killed during the Boston Massacre)
Crispus Attucks
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1723 AD
Birthplace: Framingham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1770 AD
 9 
Sara Evans
(Singer-Songwriter)
Sara Evans
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boonville, Missouri, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 10 
Edmonia Lewis
(First African-American and Native American Sculptor to Achieve International Prominence)
Edmonia Lewis
1
Birthdate: July 4, 1844
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1907
 11 
Joe Medicine Crow
(Native American Writer, Historian and War Chief of the Crow Nation)
Joe Medicine Crow
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lodge Grass, Montana, United States
Died: April 3, 2016
 12 
Sam Bradford
(American football player)
Sam Bradford
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 13 
Maria Tallchief
(Ballet dancer)
Maria Tallchief
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfax
Died: April 11, 2013
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Ira Hayes
(Military Leader)
Ira Hayes
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sacaton, Arizona, United States
Died: January 24, 1955
 15 
Russell Means
(Activist)
Russell Means
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porcupine, South Dakota, United States
Died: October 22, 2012
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 16 
Sherman Alexie
(Novelist)
Sherman Alexie
8
Birthdate: October 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spokane
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 17 
Chief Joseph
(Nez Perce leader)
Chief Joseph
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 3, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wallowa River
Died: September 21, 1904
 18 
Evelyn Frechette
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1907 AD
Birthplace: Neopit, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1969 AD
 19 
Squanto
(Folk Hero)
Squanto
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 30, 1622
 20 
Hiawatha
(Orator)
Hiawatha
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: 1595 AD
 21 
Susan La Flesche Picotte
(American doctor)
Susan La Flesche Picotte
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha Reservation, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 18, 1915
 22 
Charley Patton
(Musician)
Charley Patton
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hinds County, Mississippi, United States
Died: April 28, 1934
 23 
Billy Mills
(Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)
Billy Mills
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Ridge
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 24 
Tatanka
(Professional Wrestler)
Tatanka
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pembroke, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 25 
Notah Begay III
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albuquerque
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 26 
Stand Watie
(General)
Stand Watie
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calhoun, Georgia
Died: September 9, 1871
 27 
Pontiac
(Warrior)
Pontiac
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1720 AD
Birthplace: Great Lakes region
Died: April 20, 1769
 28 
Black Kettle
(Leader)
Black Kettle
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 7, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Black Hills
Died: November 27, 1868
 29 
Lucy Parsons
(Journalist)
Lucy Parsons
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1851 AD
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Died: March 7, 1942
 30 
Bronson Koenig
(Basketball player)
Bronson Koenig
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 31 
Eugene Bennett Fluckey
(Navy Rear Admiral)
Eugene Bennett Fluckey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: June 28, 2007
 32 
John Herrington
(Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator, Aquanaut)
John Herrington
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wetumka
 33 
N. Scott Momaday
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma
 34 
Cornplanter
(politician)
Cornplanter
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1750 AD
Birthplace: Genesee River
Died: February 18, 1836
 35 
Charles Bulfinch
(Architect)
Charles Bulfinch
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: August 8, 1763
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Died: April 15, 1844
 36 
Paula Gunn Allen
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Died: May 29, 2008
 37 
Marjorie Tallchief
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
 38 
R. C. Gorman
(Artist)
R. C. Gorman
2
Birthdate: July 26, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chinle, Arizona, United States
Died: November 3, 2005
 39 
Joseph Yoakum
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ash Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: December 25, 1972
 40 
Yvonne Chouteau
(Ballerina)
Yvonne Chouteau
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: March 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 24, 2016
 41 
Rosella Hightower
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Durwood, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 4, 2008
 42 
Nana
(Warrior)
Nana
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1800 AD
Birthplace: New Mexico, United States
Died: May 19, 1896
 43 
William Pogue
(Astronaut)
William Pogue
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 3, 2014
 44 
Mildred Loving
(Civil Rights Activist)
Mildred Loving
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Central Point, Virginia, United States
Died: May 2, 2008
 45 
Shabbona
(Chief)
Shabbona
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1775 AD
Birthplace: Ohio, United States
Died: July 17, 1859
 46 
Louis W. Ballard
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States
Died: February 9, 2007