I’m Native, But I’m Not… Stereotypes Natives Deal With Daily

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 10th, 2016 Last Updated on: August 14th, 2016

Buzzfeed does it again! They have so many hilarious videos out there giving a nod to the struggles most of us face like the Mascot controversy, Halloween costumes and the Thanksgiving Myth.

This most recent video shows us what stereotypes Natives deal with on a daily basis. See if you can relate to any of them.

Can you think of any other stereotypes they left off?

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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I’m Native and I’m Irish. Can you believe that combination? I’m just proud of me…All of me!

Heather Paulette

I’m native American also I get it from my mom’s mom’s side which had cherokee & I also get it from my dad which is half cherokee,Sioux. I don’t know how much I have in me cause I can’t afford the blood test, but I do believe in the native American ways. I would like to know how much, but it don’t matter cause besides my husband & 13yr.old daughter the native American family I have made at these powwows are as much my family as my husband & 13yr.old daughter & the rest of my family that is still alive.


You don’t have to be enrolled to claim it, but know where you’re from. Too many say, “I’m part Native…” and don’t have a clue what tribe, what the culture is like, etc. A blood test will NOT get you enrolled, no way, no how. As to the Cherokee lines, you need to be able to trace back to someone on the Dawes roll, direct descendancy. The Dawes Roll can be viewed online. It would have to be a grand parent, great grand parent, etc, it can’t, sadly, be great aunt/uncle, etc. Lakota have a blood quantum requirement, I believe, plus you have to prove descendancy.

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Running Doe

Iam am native and i am proud,


Hey, neat vid. i have a question tho i noticed some of the natives in this video stated they are citizens of a native nation or tribe and so do i have to be a card carrying native in order for me to claim to be native. according to a DNA test through (first nations accumetrics viaguard) I am about 1/12 native 7% being Cherokee and about 1.2% Ojibwe


No, but you need to know who, where they’re from, etc, because too many claim they think they’re *tribe here*, but beyond that, they know nothing.

Chris evans

I am in the same situation I’ve been looking on and off for probably 25 years I did this accumetrics test
Says I’m Cree and Algonquin
Everywhere I look is a dead end
I’m certain my father was in a residential school he won’t acknowledge he’s native and gets angry when I bring it up
I’m at a loss

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