Are there any indigenous tribes that are “white”?



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    This is an interesting question. According to a definition generally accepted by international law indigenous people are ethnic groups defined in a variety of ways (there is no universally accepted meaning). The phrase has historically referred to the original inhabitants of an area, but this is problematic because all groups throughout time have migrated, which makes that definition obsolete. Perhaps you could say that the indigenous people of Europe and particularily Scandanavia are racially “white,” but the twentieth century useage of the term has come to be associated with colonialism and nation states. Because Europeans were the central colonizing powers they would not be considered indigenous in the twentieth century useage of the word. This is a very Euro-centric viewpoint though and complicated because your question conflates race and ethnicity, which are not the same things.  

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