Race and Ethnic Relations Native Americans • The pattern of land seizure, subjugation, assimilation, and resistance to domination has been repeated with indigenous peoples in nations throughout the world. Indigenous peoples on almost every continent are familiar with the patterns of subjugation and the pressure to assimilate. • The common term American Indians tells us more about the Europeans who explored North America than it does about the native people. The label reflects the initial explorers’ confusion in believing that they had arrived in “the Indies” of the Asian continent. The term “Indian” and most other names of major Native American groups are terms of convenience applied by White Americans. In most history books, not one of the major Native American groups is recorded under its own name. For example, the “Navaho” call themselves Dine , meaning “The People.” The renaming of Native Americans by outsiders is a result of their subordination and suggests one major difference between colonized groups and
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