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2.2 Prominent Individuals

  • Frederick Alexcee, artist (also of Tsimshian ancestry)
  • Henry Armstrong, boxer, #2 in Ring Magazine’s list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years
  • George Armstrong, hockey player, most successful captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs with five Stanley Cup victories
  • Joseph Brant or Thayendanegea, Mohawk leader
  • Cornplanter or Kaintwakon, Seneca chief
  • Deganawida or The Great Peacemaker, the traditional founder along with Hiawatha of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy
  • Graham Greene, Canadian Oneida
  • Handsome Lake or Ganioda’yo, Seneca religious leader
  • Ki Longfellow, novelist
  • Oren Lyons, Onondaga, a traditional Faithkeeper of the Turtle clan
  • Ely S. Parker, Seneca, Union Army officer during American Civil War, Commissioner of Indian Affairs during Ulysses S. Grant’s first term as President
  • Red Jacket, Seneca orator and chief of the Wolf clan
  • Robbie Robertson, Mohawk, songwriter, guitarist and singer best known for his membership in The Band
  • Joanne Shenandoah, Oneida singer, songwriter, actress and educator
  • Jay Silverheels, actor, of Canadian Mohawk origin
  • Kateri Tekakwitha, first Catholic Native American saint, patron of ecology, of Mohawk and Algonquin ancestry
  • Canassatego, Tadadaho of the Iroquois Confederacy