Top 10 Most Native American U.S. States

Name the states with the highest percentage of people who report their race as Native American.
2019 estimates. U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey.
Does not include native Hawaiians
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Last updated: September 18, 2020
First submittedAugust 19, 2017
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State
15.8
Alaska
9.5
New Mexico
8.6
South Dakota
8.0
Oklahoma
6.3
Montana
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State
5.4
North Dakota
4.6
Arizona
2.4
Wyoming
1.4
Nevada
1.4
Washington
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Level 57
Aug 20, 2017
Great Quiz! Just could not think Alaska..
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Level 62
Oct 28, 2019
Yup. Same here.

Somehow Alaskan Natives don't feel somehow native USAmerican, especially since they were Russians first.

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Level 66
Nov 8, 2020
What.
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Level 72
Nov 8, 2020
*The state was owned by Russia. There were always natives there, but I get your point that they feel somewhat distinct from the typical continental tribes that come to mind when you think Native American.
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Level 83
Nov 8, 2020
That literally makes no sense. Are Navajos less "native American" since they lived under Spanish rule?
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Level 23
Feb 9, 2021
Alaskan Natives have a very different culture and history than mainland US Natives. Calling them the same group is silly.
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Level 73
Apr 6, 2021
Different groups within the continental US also have very different culture and history from each other...
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Level 46
May 3, 2021
Me too!
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2018
Was surprised that Oklahoma (i.e. "Indian Territory") was not #1.
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Level 40
Mar 5, 2018
It makes a little since why because the state has 4 million people and all the other states above Oklahoma have under a million people except

For New Mexico with just above 2 million

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Level 70
Mar 5, 2018
And Arizona just under 7 mio?!?! :D
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Level 58
Nov 8, 2020
No, both Kansas and Nebraska have over a million, genius
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Level 48
Mar 5, 2018
I was surprised because I thought that I typed it, but apparently not.
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Level 65
Aug 9, 2022
Oklahoma was "Indian Territory" for a while until the federal government (and American society at large) decided they wanted white settlers there too, and decided that they wanted Indians to "assimilate". During the land runs of the late 1800s and related policies, all tribal authority in Oklahoma was stripped away and a ton of land was opened up for white settling.

Lots of tribes were sent to live there but it's not a reservation, more like a former reservation that was later seen as lebensraum.

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Level 69
Mar 5, 2018
Are Inuits counted for Alaska?
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2018
Yeah, why wouldn't they be?
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Level 63
Mar 6, 2018
People usually don't think of them as indians. Many people count eskimos as a separate group of people since they have a different culture and are separated by a large amount of land.
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Level 84
Mar 7, 2018
It's not as if all the different tribes south of the Canadian border have the same culture or live in the same place.
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Level 59
Mar 10, 2018
I'm Metis, Inuit is most definitely considered Native American. Each tribe has cultural differences, some were historically wanderers who followed their migrating food sources, some had more permanent shelters, not all tribes lived in teepees, some lived closer to water thus they fished rather than follow migrating herds. if we didn't we'd all be one big tribe.
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2018
They are considered Native Americans but Inuit are a different race than the ones in continental US. They look more closely related to Mongolians or Chinese.
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Level 84
Sep 30, 2019
gx: race does not exist in homo sapiens. There are different populations of people in different places, but that's not the same thing. All of the people indigenous to the Americas have ancestors that came from Asia via Alaska over 15,000 years ago.
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Level 50
Feb 4, 2020
Tinkle pork: Indigenous people and Inuit, not Indians and Eskimoes.
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Level 23
Feb 9, 2021
I don't know... they have a COMPLETELY different history, culture, and lifestyle. Calling them the same is a bit like calling Western Europeans and Eastern Europeans the same
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Level 57
Oct 19, 2021
Uh yeah. You call them Europeans.
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Level 40
Jun 7, 2022
It's not 'Indians' it's Native Americans. Be a bit more culturally sensitive.
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Level 65
Aug 9, 2022
Chiming in that even within indigenous communities there's a lot of debate about what the right word to use is. "Indians" and "Native Americans" are both preferred by different indigenous individuals and are both are despised by some indigenous individuals. "Indigenous" is similar. There is no one "culturally sensitive" word to use, because the words have their own pros and cons and their own histories as words.

"Eskimo" really isn't a good word to use, though.

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Level 81
Sep 18, 2020
It's all the American continent(s) isn't it
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Level 70
Mar 5, 2018
I was a bit surprised to not see Minnesota on the list.
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2018
According to Wikipedia (not the same source as used for this quiz), MN is tied for 16th (with Colorado) at 1.1%: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States
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Level 49
Mar 5, 2018
yeah I guessed Minnesota before the hardest one that I got last which was middle of the pack state that started with M ;)
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2019
I guess I don't learn. A year and a half later, and I came here to say the same thing, only to see I already said it...
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Level 77
Mar 5, 2018
Would be interesting to see the same quiz before the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2018
The Carolinas would almost certainly make it. I was a bit surprised that North Carolina doesn't still.
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Level 85
Sep 19, 2020
And Florida, certainly, prior to Andrew Jackson.
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Level 77
Nov 8, 2020
Georgia and Alabama, too.
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Level 51
Apr 19, 2021
...and Mississippi
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Level 50
Mar 5, 2018
Fun quiz.
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Level 34
Mar 5, 2018
I was thinking ¨Washington... nah.¨
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2018
Where does Hawaii come in?
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2018
Given that the quiz description says "Does not include native Hawaiians," I'm gonna guess pretty low.
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Level 37
Jul 12, 2018
I would guess that Hawaiians would fit in genetically more with people from Fiji, Palau, Indonesia, New Zealand and Malaysia than with Native Americans.
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Level 40
Nov 5, 2018
I forgot about Alaska...
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Level 51
Apr 28, 2019
I got Alaska. That's it. :(
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Level 37
Apr 28, 2019
Why Alaska. Why!!!!!!!!!
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Level 63
Apr 11, 2020
Why doesn't Hawaii count?
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Level 81
Sep 18, 2020
It's a different "continent"
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Level 76
Sep 19, 2020
My guess is that their exclusion is because their history and culture are far too distinct from continental Native Americans.
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Level 51
Sep 3, 2020
Got Wyoming with a second left
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Level 72
Sep 19, 2020
I guess it wouldn't be quite the unique boon it is in other states to grant the tribes in Nevada the right to open a casino.
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Level 66
Oct 6, 2020
Weird that Native Americans, despite arriving first, chose to settle on some of the most deserted and least fertile lands, with the most hostile climates. I wonder how that happened...
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Level 84
Nov 8, 2020
They settled all over the continent. Then after Europeans showed up those people often intermarried and intermingled with Europeans. If they did not, they were often displaced, relocated, or killed off. Some of my ancestors were in both camps. Are you trying to be clever? Also... if you're the first to get to place, isn't *everywhere* you settle going to be deserted?
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Level 61
Nov 8, 2020
He's being sarcastic
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Level 84
Nov 8, 2020
It's not really sarcasm it's more passive aggressive dissimulation. But anyway, I know. And he's trying to make some point about Native Americans being pushed off their land or something. It's just a weird comment with implications that are not entirely true. I also don't think the nonsensical use of deserted was intentional.
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Level 58
Nov 8, 2020
I was a bit surprised about Washington. I would think that the large populations of Seattle and it’s suburbs would outweigh the Native American populations.
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Level 75
Nov 10, 2020
No Massachusetts???
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Level 51
Nov 10, 2020
No Washington D.C.???
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2020
Not a state
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Level 51
Apr 19, 2021
Just joking
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Level 76
Apr 21, 2022
i'm surprised about Hawaii.