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In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 13, 2020), we’re highlighting Black celebrities who have Native American ancestry.

Below you’ll find a list of musicians, political figures and actors who have family connections like grandparents or in some cases, unknown familial ties to Indigenous American ancestry. You may be surprised by some of the celebrities listed. I know we were!

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments.

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1. Christian Keyes

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Actor Christian Keyes once explained his ethnic breakdown as Black, French and Native American. 

2. Jimi Hendrix

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Late rocker Jimi Hendrix had a grandmother with Cherokee heritage. 

3. Solange and Beyonce

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Solange and Beyonce are part Native American through their mother, Tina Lawson’s family lineage. 

4. Vivica A. Fox

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According to various reports, actress Vivica A. Fox is part Native American.

5. Ben Harper

Musician Ben Harper’s grandmother was part Cherokee. 

6. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods has Native American roots through his late father Earl Woods, who once identified himself as, “half-black, one-quarter American Indian, and one-quarter Chinese,” according to 

7. Joe Louis

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Joe Louis reportedly had a grandmother who was Cherokee. 

8. Eartha Kitt

The legendary Eartha Kitt’s mother was Black and Native American according to various reports online. 

9. Coretta Scott King

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The late Coretta Scott King reportedly had Creek ancestry. 

10. Lena Horne

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Actress and singer Lena Horne was Black, White and Native American. 

11. Joe Jackson

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Before his death, Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson was very open and proud of his Choctaw ancestry. 

12. James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones (pictured right) shared that his grandmother was part Cherokee and Choctaw. 

13. Rosa Parks

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The late Rosa Parks reportedly had a great grandmother who was of Native American descent. 

14. James Brown

According to various reports, Soul and Funk legend James Brown was part Native American. 

15. Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson is Afro-Cuban, Irish, Puerto Rican and Native American.