Subscriber Account active since. I don't know if there's a culture in the United States whose language, symbols, and traditions get appropriated more than that of Native Americans. After centuries of forced assimilation and federal laws preventing us from practicing our culture until , for some reason, many Americans now feel comfortable coopting Native culture. Even the most progressive people may have said something to a Native friend or coworker that was offensive to them. With that in mind, here are seven things you should never say to a Native person — and one more thing that you should never do.