List of people of self-identified Cherokee ancestry
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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, Cherokee descent claim by mother dubious.
- 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
- Dana Loesch
- Sylvester Clark Long (Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, 1890–1932), actor, author, journalist
- Loretta Lynn, country singer
- Willie Nelson, singer and songwriter.
- Wayne Newton, Las Vegas singer; also of Powhatan descent 
- Joseph Noonan "Waáno-Gano," artist
- Chuck Norris, 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
- Elizabeth Warren (born 1949), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, also claimed Delaware descent
- Frankie Welch (born 1923), fashion designer from Rome, Georgia
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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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- 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.
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- "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.
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- 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.
- Barbara Smith (2011). Hoaxes and Hexes: Daring Deceptions and Mysterious Curses. Toronto, ON: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd., page 56.
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- 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.
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