Famous Native Americans You Had No Clue About!

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Pocahontas

Pocahontas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Native American
Birthdate: 1596 AD
Birthplace: Gloucester County, Virginia
Died: February 29, 1617

 2 Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28, 1953
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 3 Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 4 Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: 1831 AD
Birthplace: Grand River
Died: December 15, 1890

 5 Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Military Leader, Folk Hero
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota
Died: September 5, 1877

 6 Evo Morales

Evo Morales
9
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Bolivia
Birthdate: October 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orinoca Canton

 7 Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Vice President of the United States
Birthdate: January 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Topeka
Died: February 8, 1936
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 8 Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First person killed during the Boston Massacre
Birthdate: 1723 AD
Birthplace: Framingham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1770 AD

 9 Sara Evans

Sara Evans
5
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boonville, Missouri, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 10 Joe Medicine Crow

Joe Medicine Crow
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lodge Grass, Montana, United States
Died: April 3, 2016

 11 Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: sculptor
Birthdate: July 4, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rensselaer County
Died: September 17, 1907

 12 Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 13 Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfax
Died: April 11, 2013
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 14 Russell Means

Russell Means
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porcupine, South Dakota, United States
Died: October 22, 2012
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 15 Ira Hayes

Ira Hayes
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: January 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sacaton, Arizona, United States
Died: January 24, 1955

 16 Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spokane
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 17 Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Nez Perce leader
Birthdate: March 3, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wallowa River
Died: September 21, 1904

 18 Squanto

Squanto
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Folk Hero
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 30, 1622

 19 Hiawatha

Hiawatha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Orator
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: 1595 AD

 20 Charley Patton

Charley Patton
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 31, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hinds County, Mississippi, United States
Died: April 28, 1934

 21 Susan La Flesche Picotte

Susan La Flesche Picotte
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: American doctor
Birthdate: June 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha Reservation, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 18, 1915

 22 Billy Mills

Billy Mills
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Ridge
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 23 Tatanka

Tatanka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: June 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pembroke, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 24 Notah Begay III

Notah Begay III
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albuquerque
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 25 Pontiac

Pontiac
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: 1720 AD
Birthplace: Great Lakes region
Died: April 20, 1769

 26 Black Kettle

Black Kettle
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Black Hills
Died: November 27, 1868

 27 Stand Watie

Stand Watie
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: December 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calhoun, Georgia
Died: September 9, 1871

 28 Lucy Parsons

Lucy Parsons
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1851 AD
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Died: March 7, 1942

 29 Bronson Koenig

Bronson Koenig
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 30 Evelyn Frechette

Evelyn Frechette
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1907 AD
Birthplace: Neopit, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1969 AD

 31 Eugene Bennett Fluckey

Eugene Bennett Fluckey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Navy Rear Admiral
Birthdate: October 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: June 28, 2007

 32 John Herrington

John Herrington
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator, Aquanaut
Birthdate: September 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wetumka

 33 N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma

 34 Charles Bulfinch

Charles Bulfinch
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: August 8, 1763
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Died: April 15, 1844

 35 R. C. Gorman

R. C. Gorman
1
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 26, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chinle, Arizona, United States
Died: November 3, 2005

 36 Paula Gunn Allen

Paula Gunn Allen
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Died: May 29, 2008

 37 Marjorie Tallchief

Marjorie Tallchief
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: October 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 38 Joseph Yoakum

Joseph Yoakum
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ash Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: December 25, 1972
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 39 Yvonne Chouteau

Yvonne Chouteau
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: March 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 24, 2016

 40 Rosella Hightower

Rosella Hightower
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: January 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Durwood, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 4, 2008

 41 William Pogue

William Pogue
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 3, 2014

 42 Shabbona

Shabbona
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Chief
Birthdate: 1775 AD
Birthplace: Ohio, United States
Died: July 17, 1859

 43 Nana

Nana
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: 1800 AD
Birthplace: New Mexico, United States
Died: May 19, 1896

 44 Cornplanter

Cornplanter
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1750 AD
Birthplace: Genesee River
Died: February 18, 1836

 45 Mildred Loving

Mildred Loving
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Central Point, Virginia, United States
Died: May 2, 2008

 46 Louis W. Ballard

Louis W. Ballard
1
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States
Died: February 9, 2007