A nation of people who are originally native to what land is now America. But this also includes places like Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and so on.
The southern Natives were nearly and mostly destroyed after the Spanish explorers came over on boats, bringing with them deadly diseases (smallpox, scurvy ect.)
The Natives in the -what is now the United States and Canada- practically suffered the same tragedies.
There are many different tribes, each tribe has their own language, traditions, beliefs, and inhabit a certain area. Unfortunately, a lot of these things are lost. But still, some has still continued on to this day.
With heavy stereotyping and lack of education, people often misunderstand Natives. For example: Reservations aren't accompanied by brightly lit casinos. Dancing around a drum (usually at a pow-wow) is a spiritual experience, it's not silly. There are urban Natives. Virtually no Native has a "flat ass". People sacrifice so much and work hard for their families, but the idiots are responsible for the stereotypes, make this literally impossible to believe.
The Cherokee is just one Native American tribe. Arguably the most spread and most famous. A Cherokee is not a car!
by *Bee* August 21, 2006
Asiatic people who migrated to the American Continents. They were the first explorers of the "new world". They were called "Indians" by the Europeans who wrongly believed that they had found India. The Natives were pushed off of their land by whites who believed in Manifest Destiny. As a result, the Native Americans are minorities in extreme terms. Not all mixed with blacks during slavery. That's a lie, some mixed after slavery as freed men such as my family in the 1950's, these people are called Griffes. Confused with Mulattos but we are not Mulattos.
Hasapa hemacha/Lakhota. My two people
by Quickdraw January 03, 2005
The once peaceful people who live in what is now North, Central, and South America. But since the Europeans came over the ocean, everything has changed, no shit. The Spanish and Africans (slaves) blended with many of the southern natives who weren't dead yet. Some natives retreated far into the mountains and forests (and saved their languages and cultures) so in a way, they were luckier than the northern natives. As for them, they were nearly fucking exterminated (again through diseases, poverty, and murders). 95% of natives were killed by the mid 1800's. And it didn't help when they were "removed" by the people who believed in Manifest Destiny, forced onto reservations (might as well be concentration camps), forbidden to practice traditions and speak their languages, and converted to Catholicism.
Here's a few random things people should know:
1. DON'T compare our suffering to other peoples' (like the Africans and Jewish people). What, is there a contest to see who's suffered the most?
2. It's safe to say that we LOVE to dance and sing. And have sexual relations. Some more obvious than others.
3. Not all of us are fucking alcoholics. And only a SMALL percentage of reservations own casinos, which they pay hard worked CA$H for.
4. There are lots of DIFFERENT tribes.
5. Not all of us are bitter for what happened. After all, many of us are blended with other nationalities (like latinos/metizos, metis and griffes...)
6. No matter how much the opression towards us, we will stay strong.
Native Americans, get it yet?
by *Gurl-w-Curls* October 23, 2006
the indigidious people of the united states/canada/mexico/south america. they have a reputation of being pushed around and still work for equal rights today.
i have ancestors from the indigidious part of newfoundland who were brought back to norway by my viking ancestors. i am more norwegian than native american but i love my heritage as a native american. being native american makes me absolutly HATE andrew jackson.
by sniper dude June 25, 2007
An indigenous person of the Western Hemisphere, which includes the North and South American continents, as well as the West Indies, and even Greenland. Believed to have crossed over the Berring Strait during the last Ice Age. They produced great and technologically advanced civilizations such as the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Incas, and many others.
Also known as American Indian, Amerind (also their language group), Amerindian, & Native American Indian etc

Most (north of the Rio Grande in particular) were killed off by various means.

The people of Mexico, ranked by wealth and influence (at least for the first 3), from least to most, are somthing like 20% Native American, 70% Mestizo (a mixture of White, typically Mediteranian Spanish European, and Native American), 7% White\European, and 3% Other (typically of or containing African and or Middle Eastern Ancestry)
So my point is, when people immigrate from Mexico to the USA (EEUU), whether legally or illegally, they are oftentimes just returning to the land that they had always occupied, millenia before Columbus or Leif Erikson
north of the Rio Grande, most Native Americans were killed off by European diseases or by Euro-American imminent domain (which not only involved getting kicked off their land, but also the coldblooded murder of the men, the rape of the women, the sending of the children off to fascistic orphanages and boarding schools where their culture was systematically suppressed so they could instead speak english and follow protestant christianity)

Most of the people in Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador are Native Americans.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 December 09, 2006
As a proud seminole well actually ima black Seminole yea my great great great grandfather escaped slavery went to florida nad lived withthe Seminole tribe.Most seminoles are black anyway.So yeah we were smart enough not to listen to the white people even so I think it was my great great granfather who along iwth thousands fought in hte Seminole war against american.REally one of the few wars the USA actually lose.

Us NAtive Americans and actually Africans realised htta everything on this earth is recycled and we learned how to coexist with Nature.Ever since the Europeans came this country has changed dramatically.There are few to no buffalo herd.I saw a few in oklahoma but thats it.Brown Hispanics who dont realise it but they are half spanish and half native american.
WE are a strong pride people that was killed off.
by lordblazer October 10, 2004
A proud race that migrated from the North to the "New World." People whos ways of Nature and beauty were more cherished then others. Some Tribes believed that a "Native" was born with a quality under a wheel. Courage, Braviery, wisdom, Honor, medicine man. "Tun-Han-kua" -Lokota for Buffollo, was a symbol of God.
But in the 1800s Europeans, now reconized as the white man, stole land and raped my people. Put us in Rez and tried to make us like them. In old classical Films, we were saw as the "Bad Guys, Savages" When the savages were really greedy mine workers. The term "Indian" is a ignorant statement from that fag Christopher Columbus.
"The White Man Are Like Locust." - From 'Into the West'
Native Americans - True owners of American.
Idiot - So what rase are you?
Native- Im Native American.
Idiot - an Indian! cool!
Native - No, a Native American, or Native, I dont call you honkie do I?
Idiot - No duhh
by White Wind February 06, 2006
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