List of people of self-identified Cherokee ancestry
This list of self-identified people of Cherokee ancestry includes notable people who claim to have some Cherokee ancestry but are not enrolled citizens of any of the three Cherokee tribes.
- Asa Earl Carter, speechwriter and member of the Ku Klux Klan, attempted to reinvent himself as "Cherokee" author under the name "Forrest Carter"
- Johnny Cash, singer; believed he had Cherokee heritage but dropped the claim after he had his genealogy checked and none was found
- Cher, actress and singer; actually of Armenian descent by father; no evidence has ever been found to verify her mother's claim of Cherokee descent
- Ward Churchill, author and professor; claims to be Cherokee-Muscogee Creek
- Rae Dawn Chong, actress; also of African, Scotch-Irish, French, and Chinese descent 
- Kenneth Copeland, televangelist
- Kevin Costner, actor; claims Cherokee descent through his paternal grandfather
- Johnny Depp, actor; has "guessed" that he has Cherokee, "or maybe Creek," heritage, despite his genealogy showing no Native ancestry
- Cameron Diaz, actor
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author; used to claim to be Cheyenne
- Jimmie Durham, artist
- Micki Free (born 1955), musician, also claims Comanche descent
- Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs, born 1946), professor, writer
- James Garner, actor
- Crystal Gayle, country singer
- Superstar Billy Graham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman), professional wrestler and fine artist
- Ben Harper, musician
- Allison Hedge Coke, poet, author, claims to be of "of Cherokee, Creek, Huron, Metis, French Canadian, Lorraine, Portuguese, Irish, English, and Scottish heritage"
- Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970), musician, singer, and songwriter
- Jamake Highwater, author; claimed to be Cherokee-Blackfeet
- Litefoot, rapper
- Dana Loesch, radio talk show host
- Sylvester Clark Long (Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, 1890–1932), actor, author, journalist
- Loretta Lynn, country singer
- Willie Nelson, singer-songwriter, marijuana entrepreneur
- Wayne Newton, Las Vegas singer; also of Powhatan descent 
- Joseph Noonan "Waáno-Gano," artist
- Chuck Norris, actor
- Jayhawk Owens - Major League baseball player/catcher
- Dolly Parton, country singer
- John Phillips, musician/singer
- Bijou Phillips, actress
- Chynna Phillips, singer
- Lou Diamond Phillips, actor
- Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008), Modern artist;
- Heather Rae (born 1966), film producer, director, and actress
- Della Reese (1931-2017), actress, singer
- Burt Reynolds (born 1936), actor, director
- Bob Ross (1942–1995), painter and television personality
- Selena (1971–1995), singer
- Andrea Smith, associate professor, author
- Leon Polk Smith, Modernist painter
- Willard Stone, Art Deco sculptor
- Quentin Tarantino, film director
- Kimberly Teehee, Democratic White House Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs
- Elizabeth Warren (born 1949), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, continues to claim Cherokee heritage despite lack of evidence and protests from Cherokee citizens; also claimed Delaware descent
- Frankie Welch (born 1923), fashion designer from Rome, Georgia
- Gretchen Wilson, singer
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- Bataille, Gretchen M. American Indian Representations. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001: 49. Retrieved 26 June 2012. ISBN 978-0-8032-1312-8.
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- Richardson, Valerie. Report on Conclusion of Preliminary Review in the Matter of Professor Ward Churchill. Archived 2012-06-29 at the Wayback Machine. University of Colorado at Boulder. 2005 . Retrieved 26 July 2009.
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- "Is 'Tonto's Giant Nuts' a Good Name for Johnny Depp's Band?". Indian Country Today Media Network. May 22, 2013.
- Jenkins, David (2003-01-09). "Girl, interrupted". London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- "Cameron Diaz: Hollywood crowd-pleaser". BBC News. 2005-07-29. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
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- Flanders, Laura (October 14, 2014). "From Indigenous Socialism to Colonial Capitalism, Examining Native History of a Settler State". Truthout.
- Cornelius, Sloane (September–October 2016). "Caged by Myths". Native Peoples. 29 (5): 46.
- Tóth, György Ferenc (2017). From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie: The Alliance for Sovereignty Between American Indians and Central Europeans in the Late Cold War. New York: State University of New York Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-4384-61229.
- Tóth, György Ferenc (2017). From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie: The Alliance for Sovereignty Between American Indians and Central Europeans in the Late Cold War. New York: State University of New York Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-4384-61229.
- "Micki Free American Horse: Biography". Micki Free. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- "Unlearning the Language of Conquest." University of Texas Press. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "James Garner". WCHS TV. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- "Allison Adelle Hedge Coke". Academy of American Poets. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Caesar (1995). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (Updated ed.). St. Martin's Press. pp. 5–6, 13. ISBN 0-312-13062-7. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- Nagel, Joane. American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgence of Identity and Culture. Oxford: University of Oxford Press, 1996: 238. ISBN 978-019512063-9.
- Hoxie, Frederick E. Encyclopedia of North American Indians: Native American History, Culture, and Life From Paleo-Indians to the Present. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006: 191-2. Retrieved 26 June 2012. ISBN 978-0-395-66921-1
- Weaver, Jace. Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law, and Culture. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001: 138. Retrieved 27 June 2012. ISBN 978-0-8061-3352-2
- Jacobs, Alex. "Fool's Gold: The Story of Jamake Highwater, the Fake Indian Who Won't Die". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Levesque, Carl (1 August 2002). "Unconventional wisdom: James Earl Jones speaks out". Association Management. The Gale Group. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- Gruber, Eva (2012). Thomas King: Works and Impact. Rochester, NY: Camden House. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-57113-435-6. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Barbara Smith (2011). Hoaxes and Hexes: Daring Deceptions and Mysterious Curses. Toronto, ON: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd., page 56.
- Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Edwin (2000). Willie : an autobiography. New York: Cooper Square Press. p. 49. ISBN 9781461661313. OCLC 671560482.
- Nelson, Willie; Ritz, David (2015). It's a long story : my life. New York: Little, Brown and Company. p. 13. ISBN 9780316403559. OCLC 915374737.
- Snodgrass, Jeanne O. "American Indian Painters: A Biographical Directory." New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1968. Retrieved 15 Oct 2013.
- Chuck, Norris. "Against All Odds: My Story". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
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- "Robert Rauschenberg". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- "Heather Rae". Vision Maker Media. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- Bob Ross. NNDB. Accessed 19 June 2015.
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- "Activist Andrea Smith Speaks at PSR". Pacific School of Religion. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Buck, Robert T. "Personal Recollections and Some Observations on Selected Paintings". Leon Polk Smith Foundation.
- "Stone Family History". Willard Stone Museum. 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Bernard, Jami (1995). Quentin Tarantino : the man and his movies (1st. U.S. ed.). New York: Harper Perennial. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-06-095161-0.
- "Interview: Sarah Vowell." Identity Theory. 22 May 2003 . Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- "I am a Cherokee woman. Elizabeth Warren is not". ThinkProgress. Nov 30, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "Elizabeth Warren's Native American problem goes beyond politics". The Boston Globe. January 19, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
But claiming Native blood without evidence cuts to the very core of Native American identity because it usurps the rights American Indians have to define their own people and nations, according to native advocates. “The problem with Elizabeth Warren is she is not the average wannabe,” said David Cornsilk, a Cherokee historian and genealogist. “She is an academic. She has a higher level of aptitude to examine these issues. And a higher responsibility to examine them, and accept the research that is done, or to counter it with alternative research.” Cornsilk described himself as a liberal who supports Warren’s agenda of attacking income inequality. “Warren could be an ally,” Cornsilk said. “But she will not be an ally that we will accept if she continues to claim Cherokee and Delaware heritage without proof.”
- Harjo, Suzan Shown."What’s the Deal With Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee?" Indian Country Today. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.