#3 Musician Pharrell Williams (tribe unknown) claims his Native American connection, although he did get in trouble for a publicity stunt – wearing a cultural headdress on a magazine cover without permission or rights. Moral of the story is, do your research – don’t offend Indian Country!
#4: Beloved Coretta Scott King (Creek ancestry) acknowledged her Native American roots.
#5: When mogul Oprah Winfrey appeared on Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots, he revealed that she had Native American ancestors.
Even if you don’t know your tribe, celebrating and acknowledging your oral narrative of Native American heritage, as Beyoncé and many others do, is welcome! Sometimes, our oral history is all we have to connect back to the past. Do you or your family have Native American heritage?