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"We've been defined by everyone else and continue to be slandered despite easy-to-look-up-on-the-internet facts about the realities of our histories and current state as a people. We have the sad, defeated Indian silhouette, and the heads rolling down temple stairs, we have it in our heads, Kevin Costner saving us, John Wayne's six-shooter slaying us, an Italian guy named Iron Eyes Cody playing our parts in movies. [...]All the way from the top of Canada, the top of Alaska, down to the bottom of South America, Indians were removed, then reduced to a feathered image. Our heads are on flags, jerseys, and coins. Our heads were on the penny first, of course, the Indian cent, and then on the buffalo nickel, both before we could even vote as a people — which, like the truth of what happened in history all over the world, and like all that spilled blood from slaughter, are now out of circulation."

Media that stars Native American characters, defined by the US census as being "American Indians, plus Alaska Natives of all ethnicities." Also included in this list are media centering around the First Nations, the indigenous people of Canada. These works may or may not focus on Native heritage, racial identity, and culture.

For indigenous creators, see Native American and First Nations Creators.

See also Native Americans Tropes, African-American Media, Asian-American Media, Latino-American Media, and Pacific Islanders in Media.

Not to be confused with Indian Media, which is about media from the country of India.

Note when adding examples: Native Americans have a long, bloody, and often inaccurate history in American media and entire film genres like The Western are likely to treat them less sensitively. This index is meant to compile works that focus on Native Americans; we ask that added works be limited to those that feature indigenous characters as protagonists (as opposed to part of an ensemble) or is otherwise about Native characters and their culture.


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    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Arrowhead: One of the two protagonists, Cody, is First Nations.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • Emergency!: Co-protagonist John Gage is Native American. His actor, Randolph Mantooth, is a Seminole/Cherokee/German mixture, though no tribe was named for Johnny in the episode where his heritage came up.
  • Frontier: The protagonist is half-Cree, half-Irish.
  • Into The West: Focuses on several Native American characters during America's western expansion.
  • Strange Empire: One of three protagonists is Metis.
  • Trickster: Protagonist is Haisla.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Protagonist is half-Cherokee.
  • Yellowstone: The series features a wide range of Native American main characters, and the conflict between a local Indian reservation and a white rancher is a primary factor in the plot.


    Video Games 

    Web Original 
  • Amerindian Arbalists: An alternate history story where Native Americans invented crossbows in the 10th century AD. Features Native American protagonists of various nationalities, from a wide variety of regions, mostly North American.

    Western Animation 
  • Bravestarr
  • Gargoyles: The main human protagonist is half African-American and half Native-American.
  • Infinity Train: The protagonist of the second season in this anthology series is Apache.
  • Molly of Denali: The protagonist is an Alaska Native.

Alternative Title(s): Native American Media


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