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Old 07-12-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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.....Americans refering to Native Americans as Indian? I am pretty good with referring to the native people of America as Native Americans. But my family still has it in their heads that these people are "Indians".

I don't know any people from India to ask this question to and it does cross my thought every time my friends or family calls a Native American an Indian.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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Well, I think it's strange that the indigenous peoples of America have even been called Indians for all these centuries.

It was a stupid naming mistake that should have been corrected a long time ago.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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Myself and most of the Indians I know do not give much thought to it besides maybe a chuckle or two.

Though because of this, sometimes in some application forms, we have to be more specific in the Ethnicity column by mentioning that we are "Asian-Indians" instead of just putting "Indian" in there.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:54 AM
 
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It's outlandish to call Americans as Indians and i do agree with big that it's just a mistake which needs to be corrected in the naming part and which need to be very pretty long ago


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Old 07-13-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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When I was in India, I used to get royally confused whenever they say "Indians" in American movies or documentaries. Later I came to know that native Americans were (incorrectly) referred to as Indians by Mr. Columbus. Never really cared about that after. But I always wish I did own a casino or two.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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In India, native americans were known as "Red Indians".
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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I imagine they would think it silly, but would find it annoying rather than offensive.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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In India, native americans were known as "Red Indians".
Although it's rare in the U.S., that identification has not been completely lost.

Case in point: Washington Redskins
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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.....Americans refering to Native Americans as Indian? I am pretty good with referring to the native people of America as Native Americans. But my family still has it in their heads that these people are "Indians".

I don't know any people from India to ask this question to and it does cross my thought every time my friends or family calls a Native American an Indian.
I believe the word 'Indians' in the U.S was corrected to Native Americans around the late 60's . The older generation got the word Indians stuck in their vocabulary. The only time you would refer to 'Indians' in current U.S. vocabulary is when referring to old pop culture such as 'Cowboys and Indians...'.

U.S. demographic identities needs to be updated again, IMHO.
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