American Indians - Native Americans The term Indian, in reference to the original inhabitants of the American continent, is said to derive from Christopher Columbus, a 15th century boat-person. Some say he used the term because he was convinced he had arrived in the Indies (Asia), his intended destination.
What is the proper name for Native American?
American Indian, Indian, Native American, or Native are acceptable and often used interchangeably in the United States; however, Native Peoples often have individual preferences on how they would like to be addressed. To find out which term is best, ask the person or group which term they prefer.
Who were the most peaceful Indian tribes?
Prior to European settlement of the Americas, Cherokees were the largest Native American tribe in North America. They became known as one of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, thanks to their relatively peaceful interactions with early European settlers and their willingness to adapt to Anglo-American customs.