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The term Native Americans may refer to:

In its broadest sense, the entirety of the indigenous peoples of the American continents:

Or, more-specifically, to the indigenous people living within a particular country:

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English

Noun

Native American (plural Native Americans)

  1. An American Indian, especially in the United States.

Synonyms

Adjective

Native American (comparative more Native American, superlative most Native American)

Positive
Native American

Comparative
more Native American

Superlative
most Native American

  1. Of the American Indians.

Usage notes

Native American is replacing American Indian, although the latter is not usually considered offensive. However, confusion or offence can be avoided by referring to Indians from Canada as First Nations people, Native Canadians, or Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

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Simple English

Native Americans (also Aboriginal People, Aboriginal Americans, American Indians, Amerindians, Amerind, Indians, First Nations, First Peoples, Alaskan Natives, Native Canadians, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the people who were in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands when Europeans arrived. Christopher Columbus was travelling west, so he thought he was going to India. This is why he called the people "Indians". There are more than three million Native Americans in Canada and the U.S. combined.

Sometimes these people are called "Indians", but this is confusing, because it is the same word used for people from India. The words aboriginal or first people or indigenous people are also used. Other names for these for Native Americans are First Nations (in Canada) and "Red Indians" (this is not used much any more). There are many different tribes of American Indian people, with many different languages.

Many American Indians died after the Europeans came to the Americas, from diseases that came with the Europeans that were new to the Indians, in wars with the Europeans, or because the Europeans made them work as slaves. Most of the American Indians were hurt or killed by settlers who wanted to take their lands.

Most people think that the ancestors of American Indians came to the Americas from Asia. Some of them may have come to America over 12,000 years ago when Alaska was connected to Asia by land. Some people think that they came to the Americas even before that. Some of their ancestors may have come along the coastline in small boats or canoes, because sometimes there were glaciers blocking the land between Alaska and Asia.

Some Indian tribes and languages of North America are Cherokee, Maya or Yucatec Maya, Aztecs, Navajo, and Sioux.

Some Indian tribes and languages of South America are Aymara, Guarani, Quechua, and Tupi. File:Native American with

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