Facebook Accidentally Blocks Native Americans For 'Fake' Names

| by Michael Allen

Dana Lone Hill, a Native American, says that she was recently locked out of her Facebook account for allegedly using a fake name, even though she uses her real name per Facebook's policy.

Hill, who has been on Facebook since 2007, wrote on that she was able to log back into Facebook temporarily using her parent's last names, but soon got locked out of the social media site again.

Hill wrote, "To date I have sent 3 forms of ID, one with a picture, my library card, and a piece of mail in file form [to Facebook]. I received a generated message to be patient while they investigate to see if I am a real person."

According to, Hill's Facebook account was restored on Monday and she received a note from Facebook apologizing for the "mistake."

However, other Native Americans have reportedly been locked out of Facebook because of their tribal names.

Shane Creepingbear, a Native American, tweeted in October 2014 of a similar incident, "Try again @Creepingbear apparently my family name does not meet @facebook standards. Way to go #ColumbusDay #facebook."

His account was eventually reinstated after some of his friends employed in the tech biz contacted Facebook.

In response to the controversy, Facebook issued a statement to

“Over the last several months, we’ve made some significant improvements in the implementation of this standard, including enhancing the overall experience and expanding the options available for verifying an authentic name. We have more work to do, and our teams will continue to prioritize these improvements so everyone can be their authentic self on Facebook.”

A petition calling for Facebook to "Allow Native Americans to use their Native names on their profiles" has over 12,000 signatures.

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