Why are Indians called native Americans?

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
    Best answer

    They aren't called that by scholars & the

    original inhabitant of this land all died off

    as 1st wave natives no longer exist :(

  • 4 weeks ago

    It is now considered politically correct.

  • 1 month ago

    Because they're the natives of the United States of America. In other places they're called First Nations (Canada) or Pueblos Indígenas (Mexico) or simply Indians, because Columbus thought he was in India in 1492.

  • A C
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    They got here first.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    because they are native to America they are indigenous they’re the ones who found the land simple as that.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Indian is consistent with Roman Latin naming conventions, it comes from the word for Indigenous (genus in / of the area). You can have Indians any where.

    India isn't the original name of that country / area. That's an English thing, just like poorly educated people say "Latins" come from south America. The Latins are the people who built the city of Rome (where Christopher Columbus came from).

    Native American is government management term, it’s used to separate the indigenous Mexicans (Mesoamericans) from the indigenous US populations ... After all we all know Indios and Injuns are different people, right?

  • Lita
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Because Columbus incorrectly identified indigenous americans as Indians and the name stuck.

  • 1 month ago

    Because Indians are native to the Americas.

  • Robin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    indians come from India. the native people are aborigini

  • Marla
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Native Americans is the correct term. The term "Indians" comes from Columbus, who thought he was going to get to India by sailing westward, and instead stumbled upon the Americas. He thought he had found people from India, hence called the Native Americans he found "Indians". The term stuck.

    • abdul
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Bullshyt. Columbus didn't "think he was in India". The Euros had been trading with India for decades. They knew what and where it was. He was looking for a shorter route to the spice islands, the east indies. This is why he named the region he found the west indies.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No - Indians come from India.

    A long time ago Americans called the indigenous people of America 'Indians' in the mistaken belief that they were in India.  However, no-one has called them 'Indians' for a long time now.  They're called Native Americans because they, unlike all the white and Mexican settlers and their descendants, were native to North America.

    • abdul
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Bullshyt, Americans never thought they were in India. 

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