from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of any of the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The ancestors of the Native Americans are generally considered by scientists to have entered the Americas from Asia by way of the Bering Strait sometime during the late glacial epoch.
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- n. An American Indian, especially in the United States.
- adj. Of the American Indians.
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- n. any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
- adj. of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages
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The term Native American is sometimes preferred over Indian because the latter is a misnomer that originated with Columbus, who mistook the inhabitants of America for the people of India.
In my experience, the term Native American gets used occasionally with a sort of mocking tone.
The phrases are drawn from work by other academics Linstead & Pullen; Barad, et al. along with Native American myths and his own family experiences growing up in rural Washington State.
About 80 percent of Tananans are Native American, 18 percent Caucasian, and there's a smattering of Latinos and others.
I terminated the most talented Native American employees that I had because they could not control their taste for alcohol.
Utah's Ms. Kinsman said her office decided against signing the deal in part because it required new legislation that might have hurt relations between the state and Native American tribes.
Maybe gambling is just the Native American way of retaliation.
And in dealing with Native American tribes, the US needs to be cognoscente that this is the same as making a treaty with Russia over bombs.
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