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Native Americans
Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. Vol. 6. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. p4.
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2003 Charles Scribner's Sons, COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale, COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale, Cengage Learning
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NATIVE AMERICANS. "Native American" is the official term used by the U.S. government to refer to the original inhabitants of the lower 48 states. It was adopted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1960s after considerable "consciousness raising" on the part of Native activists to abandon the official use of the misnomer "Indian."

Although accepted by many tribal groups and people, many Native people reject the term because it is the "official" government designation and therefore immediately suspect. Also, the term still refers to "America," considered by many to be an inappropriate Eurocentric term. Finally, the term is confusing because it is also used to refer to people born in the United States—"native Americans."


Bellfy, Phil. Indians and Other Misnomers: A Cross-Referenced Dictionary of the People, Persons, and Places of Native North America. Golden, Colo.: Fulcrum Press, 2001.

Phil Bellfy

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Bellfy, Phil. "Native Americans." Dictionary of American History, edited by Stanley I. Kutler, 3rd ed., vol. 6, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003, p. 4. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 23 Aug. 2019.

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