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View Poll Results: When you hear "Indian" do you mostly think of:
I mostly imagine a person who is Native American Indian 19 29.23%
I mostly imagine a person who is from India, in Asia 46 70.77%
Voters: 65. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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People from India. I always specify "Native American" for America's indigenous people.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:38 AM
 
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I used to think of "Indians" as Native Americans because my family is from Oklahoma and has a lot of Native American ancestry. They always say "Indian" But as I've gotten older, I've met far more Indians from India, so now I refer to them as "Indians" and Native Americans as "Native Americans"
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:28 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Damn you Columbus!
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My friends from India called the native Americans "red Indians." In Trinidad they are known as Amerindians. I prefer native Americans because "Indians" perpetuates the mistake of the early European explorers. To avoid confusion, I'll sometimes call people from India "Asian Indians".
This is true. I am from India, and while growing up read many comic books which featured "Red Indians" . After reaching the US, I tend to call them "Native Americans" though.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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I always think of Native Americans, because so many rivers are named after Native American Indians. Also here in South Florida Native American Indians own most of the Casinos.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: no longer new england
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Why is that sad.....
you got a problem with me or my people? everybody else in the americas ancestors have come here after mine, there used to be hundreds of millions of aboriginals in the americas, until the europeans came and mass murdered most of us, it was the largest genocide in history, far larger than the holocaust, and most history books dont even recognize that. Im part of a dying culture, pne that used to be strong and proud, and now is being destroyed by modern society, so many of my people are mistreated and poor, and its all thanks to the explorers who wanted to get rich, so to watch a great people dissapear and have their land taken and used by immigrants who are ignorant, selfish, self centered and greedy is pretty sad. Tell me you feel the same sorrow.

to adress the oridinal question, i usually think of people from india, which is correct. in canada they dont say indian referring to native americans as much, usually they use the term aboriginal.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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I used to think of "Indians" as Native Americans because my family is from Oklahoma and has a lot of Native American ancestry. They always say "Indian" But as I've gotten older, I've met far more Indians from India, so now I refer to them as "Indians" and Native Americans as "Native Americans"
Same with me. I used to think of Native Americans, but now I know many more people from India than Native Americans, so over time, I've only called those from India Indians.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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you got a problem with me or my people? everybody else in the americas ancestors have come here after mine, there used to be hundreds of millions of aboriginals in the americas, until the europeans came and mass murdered most of us, it was the largest genocide in history, far larger than the holocaust, and most history books dont even recognize that. Im part of a dying culture, pne that used to be strong and proud, and now is being destroyed by modern society, so many of my people are mistreated and poor, and its all thanks to the explorers who wanted to get rich, so to watch a great people dissapear and have their land taken and used by immigrants who are ignorant, selfish, self centered and greedy is pretty sad. Tell me you feel the same sorrow.
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Um, I don't think he meant "why is that sad?" in reference to the mass extermination of Native Americans. Who would say that?!!! I think he meant that it isn't sad that that the word "Indian" makes people think of Asian Indians because "Indian" as applied to Native Americans was a mistake on the part of Columbus.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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you got a problem with me or my people? everybody else in the americas ancestors have come here after mine, there used to be hundreds of millions of aboriginals in the americas, until the europeans came and mass murdered most of us, it was the largest genocide in history, far larger than the holocaust, and most history books dont even recognize that. Im part of a dying culture, pne that used to be strong and proud, and now is being destroyed by modern society, so many of my people are mistreated and poor, and its all thanks to the explorers who wanted to get rich, so to watch a great people dissapear and have their land taken and used by immigrants who are ignorant, selfish, self centered and greedy is pretty sad. Tell me you feel the same sorrow.

to adress the oridinal question, i usually think of people from india, which is correct. in canada they dont say indian referring to native americans as much, usually they use the term aboriginal.
What are you talking about? The guy said it is sad he thinks of Asian Indians instead of Native Americans when he hears the word "Indian." Then, in another thread, he said that immigrants (who are citizens) aren't "as American" as him or his family. I see a pattern of bias between those two posts, and that is what I was referring to.

Not sure what caused you to think I have a problem with Native Americans.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: no longer new england
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What are you talking about? The guy said it is sad he thinks of Asian Indians instead of Native Americans when he hears the word "Indian." Then, in another thread, he said that immigrants (who are citizens) aren't "as American" as him or his family. I see a pattern of bias between those two posts, and that is what I was referring to.

Not sure what caused you to think I have a problem with Native Americans.
oh, i see. the wording of what he said wasnt as clear, so i misunderstood.
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