A proud descendent of the first group of humans to settle in the Americas. According to recent archaelogical findings, they migrated from Asia via glacier bridges and sea travel more than 12,000 years ago and within a short time, they branched off into thousands of unique cultures. Sadly, the North American natives were nearly exterminated by greedy and gold-thirsty European settlers who tricked them through the use of treaties, butchered entire cultures in the name of God, raped their women, stole their land, and infected them with smallpox, syphillis, and other deadly diseases. Today, what's left of the North American natives are now either drinking themselves to death on the reservations, or getting their sweet revenge by building casinos.

Although the South American natives were luckier than those of the north, they were mostly converted to Catholicism, forced to speak Spanish, and what little earnings they make are sent to the modern Roman capital known as the Vatican.
Today, the descendents of the European settlers add insult to injury by honoring a holiday called Thanksgiving, which basically celebrates how their ancestors ass-raped and culled back the once widespread Native American population.
by sarcastic November 27, 2003
People who migrated from Asia to the continents of North and South America. They don't all live in tee pees, that is only in the Southwest of North America. They have different tradtions and unique culture and language. One idiot posted "omg I hate white ppl cuz Im lyke 35% Native American, I wanna like kill white ppl". Just because a group of White people killed Native Americans does NOT speak for all white people, especially those of the modern day.
Idiot: "Omg I'm like 2% native american fuck white ppl"

Real Native American: "If your only 2% than your more white or than you are native american. Also not all Native Americans hated whites/europeans. They did trade with them and actually did co-exist equally for a while. Yes, white people stole our land, more specifically ENGLISH and SPANISH. Would you blame an Italian or a Russian for stealing your land even though they had nothing to do with the colonization of America?
by jersey kid November 19, 2007
1. original settlers of America
2. original hippies
3. people who think nature is the shit (which it is)
4. some of the most gorgeous peoeple in the world

Fulano: i dunno, ese, all those gringos killed them in the 16th century

Indians you might know of: Pocahauntas, Jacob Black...yep.
by Maricela September 14, 2007
The people on Earth that were attacked, and cheated out of their land. Life for them was destroyed from the moment white people entered their country. The Lumbee tribe, in particular, are especially strong and proud of their heritage. They do not live on reservations. Most live in Robeson County, N.C. The Lumbees are also believed to be descendents of the "Lost Colony", though it hasn't been proven. Also, the Ku Klux Klan attempted to attack the Lumbees, but the Lumbees fought back and owned them. You come lookin' for a fight, boy, you don't wanna know how bad you'll get beat. I am a proud Lumbee, and I am kind of tired of stupid people asking me if I am Indian from India, or Hispanic. Get your facts straight people.
Idiot talking to me - "Hey, are you mexican?"
Me - "No, I am Native American, actually. I am part of the Lumbee Tribe, one of the many types of Native Americans."
Idiot talking to me - "So, you're mexican, right?"
Me - "Go sit in the corner."
by XxiLuSiOnZxX April 05, 2011
People that lived in what is known as North, Central and South America now before greedy Europeans came about 500 yeras ago and shat on the people already there in their search for gold. Every tribe is different, some lived in mountains, others on plains, forests, every climate that America contains. Original Native Americans had brown, reddish looking skin, straight black hair, big cheekbones and dark eyes. A small percentage of the North American population is of Native American descent but most South Americans have some Native American descent. Mixed with the ancestry of Spanish invaders (rapists).
Christopher Columbus thought he'd reached India when he reached the shores of a large lagoon natural harbour that is now San Salvador. His arrival was overlooked by Native American inhabitants.
by powervolume March 05, 2009
This is a politically correct term used to refer to the indigenous people of the American Continents. They are also referred to as American Indians.

Native Americans originally came to the North American continent somewhere around 12,000 years ago from East Asia. It is thought that their migration happened over a number of centuries rather than all at once.

In the Americas they formed many different tribes each with a unique culture and history. Contrary to popular belief, only some were nomadic. Most had developed cities and advanced systems of government, language, and social structure.

The coming of the Spanish had many devastating effects for the Native Americans. Diseases such as plague and smallpox wiped out more than 95% of the indigenous population within the first hundred years of contact.

The Europeans also imposed harsh terms on the Natives. Many were massacred for no apparent reason other than hate and greed. Often the Europeans were controlled by the search for gold. Christopher Columbus himself and many others took them as slaves. The only reason this did not pan out long term is because the Natives died too quickly from exposure to new viruses. It was then that the Europeans decided to use African slaves instead since they already had previous exposure to the diseases of the Old World and were, therefore, less likely to die.

The Natives were forced off their lands as more settlers came to the continent. They were pushed further and further West by the government and the increasing number of settlers who were intolerant of them. Those that refused were either killed or forced into removal -- Trail of Tears.

Native Americans have continued to be the victims of racism up into the 20th century. It wasn't until the early 20th century that they earned the right to vote and many were forced into segregation just as other minorities were.

The remaining Native Americans that chose to hold on to their culture reside on reservations. These small tracts of land are usually desolate and have are not capable of being farmed. Most are placed far away from other cities so the occupants exist in a state of isolation.

It wasn't until recently that the development of Indian Gaming took place. Contrary to popular belief (i.e another poster) these casinos are not provided by the government. Indeed, the tribes pay for the development and maintenance of the casinos all on their own. Furthermore, it is ignorant to generalize all Indians to be profiting off of gaming. Only a few lucky tribes benefit from gambling proceeds. Most are not fortunate enough to be located close enough to other cities for gambling casinos to be profitable.

For instance, Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, NC was purchased by the tribe from tribal (not US Government) money. Prior to this, this and other tribes have had to rely mainly on tourism for income since most of their reservations are located in inhospitable places. Cherokee is the exception and with good reason: the land of the NC reservation was purchased by the Cherokee over 100 years ago -- not set aside by the government as a "gift".

Today, many Native American suffer from a variety of social issues. Diabetes plagues them at higher rates than any other minority. Suicide, alcoholism, and murder are also extremely high. Unemployment is high as well -- but this is attributed mainly to the fact that there is usually no outside industry other than tourism. Most reservations are located far away from desirable land so jobs are scarce to be had. Often, a Natives choices are to either remain poor or leave the reservation and their last ties to their culture.

More than any other minority per capita, Natives live in poverty. The idea that they get benefits and tax breaks from the US Government is appalling and a myth. Natives pay federal taxes just like everyone else. True, they do not have to pay state taxes on anything purchased inside the reservation but at the same time they do not receive anything for the reservation that tax money would be used for -- i.e. roads, schools, public services (police, ambulance, etc.) All of these services are provided internally by the tribe out of tribal earned money therefore there is no reason for them to pay state taxes for it.

Perhaps more than any other minority in the nation, Natives stuffer from misunderstanding and stereotypes in the general public. The term, the "Forgotten Race" is very apt ... as one of the other posters to "Native Americans" has made a good example of with their ramblings and misinformed and misdirected anger.

The author encourages each of you to try to understand the TRUE story of the Native people -- not just what you overhear from people who would rather have us forgotten. The common information on the indigenous people that is passed around as truth nowadays is often dead wrong and based on stereotypes from popular culture. In reality, Natives have a rich history and are worthy of more than token recognition.
Native Americans still exist as a minority race today.
by Erin French August 02, 2005
Another group of people that the whitie's screwed over by raping our women and stealing our land.
A bunch of my native american friends hate white people.
by 93g73 July 04, 2009
The Solutrean people who The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History has proven came to north america 5000 years before american Indians came from northeast Asia over the Bering land bridge

Archaeologists tracing the earliest to later sites in the Americas find that they tend to be older in south America and on the East coast of the USA. This trend is exactly opposite one would predict if the Indians were first over the Bering Strait.

Language links or similarities for many words exist between ancient Europeans and ancient Stone Age Americans. These links appear to point to the Basque people of the France/ Spain region of Europe, and the North Eastern part of North America. This overlaps almost perfectly with multiple lines of genetic evidence (Haplogroup-X and Human Lymphocyte Antigens) which also shows ancient links between Europe and the Northeastern USA. Links between these ancient languages suggests an obvious prior European migration.

The idea that Caucasian or European peoples could have migrated to and inhabited the Americas in ancient times is really not a new idea. As far back as the late 1700’s it was speculated upon. Since then people have noted physical similarity between some Indian tribes and Europeans, similarities between spearpoints, tool kits, and other artifacts. In many ways this is an open secret in the archaeological community, but has been suppressed to the general public, by the mass media.
The the Head of the Division of Archaeology at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History Dr. Dennis Stanford, Ph.D. has shown that all Archaeological and scientific evidence points to the Solutrean peoples of Europe as being the True First Nation of North America, and therefore the real Native Americans
by Iberian connection September 24, 2011
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