The original peoples of the United States. They're also the only race that you need a piece of paper that says you're of native blood. While more Native Americans are becoming more aggravated by the process of government determining who's really "Indian". Some nations are beginning to talk about dropping it completely because it's decreasing the Native American population. This is also a politically correct term used to refer to the indigenous people of the American Continents.
There are also many African Americans that are descended of Native Americans but because of the "Blood Quantum Law" and the fact that most people of mixed African American and Native American descent don't live on reservations. Many African Americans don't take an interest in that part of their heritage and as a result the Native American population continues to drop, however there has been a recent increase in more people with that mixed background are becoming enrolled into their respective tribe/tribes.
Hi I'm Mike.
Teacher: Hi Mike. Wow you're handsome what are you mixed with?
Mike: I'm not mixed I"m full blood Native Ameican from the Delware tribe.
Teacher: Oh really..where's your proof?
Teacher:Yeah your indian papers. You can't claim to be Native Ameican and not have Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood with you.
Mike: Oh I forgot it in my Bible at home.
Teacher: You go to church? but you're Native American don't you just talk to the spirits??
Mike: I'm Christian sorry if that shocks you. (As he walks away)
Teacher: Well I guess you're not a real Indian but you do have color in your skin I'll but you down as Black.