Forrest Goodluck

Goodluck in 2018, photo by

Birth Name: Forrest N. Goodluck

Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 6, 1998

*father – Navajo Native American
*mother – Hidatsa and Mandan Native American, Tsimshian Native American, one eighth Japanese, one eighth Norwegian, small amounts of English, French-Canadian, German

Forrest Goodluck is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Revenant, Indian Horse, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Blood Quantum, I Used to Go Here, and Cherry.

Forrest is the son of Laurel/Laurie and Kevin Goodluck.

Forrest has said:

The Dine is the Navajo nation. Mandan and Hidatsa are people up in North Dakota. And the Tsimshian are in Alaska. My father comes from the Navajo people in Shiprock, New Mexico, in the Four Corners area. That is the Dine, which means “the people” in Navajo. If you ever hear the name of a native tribe it usually translates to “the people” or “human beings.” My grandmother on my mother’s side is from the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota – which is the reservation where the Arikara are from. The Arikara, of course, are in The Revenant.

Forrest’s paternal grandfather is Clement John Goodluck (the son of Hosteen Goodluck and Elizabeth/Marie Peshlakai/Peshligai). Clement was born in Lukachukai, Arizona, into a Navajo Native American family.

Forrest’s paternal grandmother was named Harriet Marie Morgan (the daughter of John Morgan and Mary). Harriet was born in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, and was listed as “Indian” on the 1940 U.S. Census.

Forrest’s maternal grandfather was Fredrick/Frederick Earle “Fred” Atkinson (the son of Percy H. Atkinson and Luella/Leuella/Louella Elizabeth Shirai). Fredrick was born in Ketchikan, Alaska. He and his family were listed as “Indian” on the 1940 U.S. Census, and were members of the Tsimshian tribe. Percy was born in Alaska, of Tsimshian Native American, one eighth French-Canadian, and possibly other European, descent. He was the son of Donald “Don” Atkinson, who was Canadian, and of Emily Maud/Maude Hamilton, who was born in Alaska, to Canadian parents. Forrest’s great-grandmother Luella was born in Alaska, and likely was the daughter of Kichinojo “Harry” Shirai/Shirae, who was Japanese, and of a Tsimshian mother.

One of Forrest’s maternal great-great-great-grandmothers, Lucille Jerome Juriou/Jurie/Zuriet, was born in British Columbia, Canada, to a French-Canadian father and a Tsimshian mother.

Forrest’s maternal grandmother is Dorothy Cross (the daughter of Thomas Martin Olddog Cross and Dorothy Genevieve Bartell). Forrest’s grandmother Dorothy was born on the Fort Berthold reservation, in North Dakota. Thomas was Hidatsa and Mandan, and was the son of Wa- Su- Ka- Di- As Old Dog/Long Time Dog and Akulisishu Many Dances. Forrest’s great-grandmother Dorothy was the daughter of Jesse/Jess Alden Bartell/Bartels, who had British and German ancestry, and of Sina/Sena Andrina Severson, whose parents were Norwegian, from Vangsnes, Vik kommune, Sogn og Fjordane fylke.

Sources: Genealogy of Forrest’s father –

Obituary of Forrest’s paternal grandmother, Harriet Marie (Morgan) Goodluck –

Obituary of Forrest’s maternal grandfather, Fredrick/Frederick Earle “Fred” Atkinson –

Genealogy of Forrest’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Cross (through Dorothy’s brother, Forrest Old Dog) –

Genealogy of Forrest’s maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Genevieve (Bartell) Cross (focusing on her mother’s side) –

5 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Forrest isn’t Arikara. There where Arikaras in a movie he was promoting and he just noted they’re from the same reservation as his grandmother who is Hidatsa and Mandan. Arikaras aren’t even Sioux like the other two.

  2. madman says:

    Percy was born in Alaska, the son of Donald “Don” Atkinson, whose parents were Canadian, and of Emily Maud/Maude Hamilton. —> Percy was born in Alaska, of Tsimshian Native American, 1/8th French-Canadian, and possibly other European, descent, the son of Donald “Don” Atkinson, who Canadian, and of Emily Maud/Maude Hamilton, who was born in Alaska, to Canadian parents.

    Was Martin Arikara or Hidatsa and Mandan? He surely wasn’t both.

    British —> English

    Forrest is just as much Norwegian as he is Japanese, so I’d change to:
    Tsimshian Native American, Arikara Native American, 1/8th Japanese, 1/8th Norwegian, small amounts of English, French-Canadian, and German

  3. bablah says:

    Dorothy isn’t Arikara. Forrest played Arikara in a movie and his quote says his grandmother is from the same Rez as the Arikara. Dorothy Bartell was a white woman of Norwegian, British and German descent.

  4. bablah says:

    These are his great-grandparents Thomas Martin Cross and Dorothy Genevieve Bartell:

    All the rolls have Martin as belonging to Gros Ventre tribe, but the 1910 census has him as Hidatsa and Mandan which is in line with what Forrest says in that quote.

    Wiki says:”semisedentary Hidatsa were known as Minnetarees of the Missouri or Gros Ventres of the Missouri.” which probably explaines the confusion.

    Interestingly, wiki also has the picture of Forrest’s great-great-grandfather Long Time Dog/Old Dog on their Hidatsa article.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.