7 Ridiculous Google Search Questions About Native Americans


These questions were either submitted algorithmically or by seriously confused folks sitting at their computers with nothing better to do. 


1.     Do Native Americans Pay Income Tax?

Map of Mitt Romney's 47 percent. (BusinessInsider.com)

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2.     Are Native Americans Indian?


The search results pulled up this query: Do Native Americans Originate from India?

See (map) above from times before pilgrims landed.


3.     Do Native Americans have body hair?

Even if it was an ‘accidental Google’ (where you type in the first few words and then something else pops up, but you accidentally click on it), why is this a searchable term?

It’s Wikipiedia, but nevertheless, read here


4.     Why do Native Americans look white?


This is the part where the person placing the search clicks on the ‘image’ bar on Google.

Here’s the first image (above) it found about cultural assimilation


5.     Why do Native Americans wear feathers?

These guys might know.

Offensive red-faced Indians fans (Getty Images)

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6.     Do Native Americans get free money?


No they make their own.  Read this


7.     Do Native Americans live in teepees still?

Catherine Robbins work of non-fiction about the unique experiences of individual Native Americans.

The ridiculous part of this search is the word still.  The short answer is that circumstances have removed Indians from their tipis. (P.S. Not all Native Americans lived in tipis.) 

The better answer is: read the book

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Jim Pease's picture
Jim Pease
Submitted by Jim Pease on
simple answer...Nope!...use as you see fit those clowns won't know the difference.

j. nicholas's picture
j. nicholas
Submitted by j. nicholas on
aboriginals in Canada pay taxes which is a direct violation of all treaties agreed to, gst 5%. british north American act: Canada my make laws to govern their people not other nations that exist there

Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
What about: A. "Aren't Indians really just Mexicans with long hair?" B. "Aren't Apaches all devil worshippers (no doubt they've seen pictures of the Gan)?" C. and, "Don't Indians all speak the same language?

Juliet's picture
Submitted by Juliet on
A complete list of ridiculous questions would require a sister site. Many misconceptions can be traced to what we learned in school, followed by comic books, books, movies, and television. 'This character's Indian? Where's the headband and feathers? C'mon, at least a set of braids.' Sheesh. And some idiots think 'tipi' and 'wigwam' are synonyms. I'm still trying to work out how a conical arrangement of poles covered with either buffalo hide or canvas is identical to a round-topped framework covered with sheets of bark..