American Indian

noun

plural American Indians
: a member of any of the Indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere except often certain peoples (such as the Yupik and Inuit) who live in arctic regions
especially : an American Indian of North America and especially the U.S. compare native american
American Indian adjective

Examples of American Indian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web United American Indian Involvement’s behavioral health program provides outpatient substance use disorder treatment and mental health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives living throughout Los Angeles County. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 Of these, 781 were identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, 452 as Hispanic, and 462 as white, according to the Nation Center for Education Statistics. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 In 2019, there were about 3 drowning deaths for every 100,000 people among American Indian and Alaska Natives, a rate that has seen little change over the course of the pandemic. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Drowning rates were the worst overall for Black people as well as American Indian and Alaska Native people in those first two years. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 14 May 2024 Faculty who signed the letter represented various departments including those of mathematics, American Indian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Asian American Studies, history, Chicana/o and Central American Studies, African American Studies, and anthropology. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2024 Wow in Balboa Park The San Diego American Indian Health Center hosts the 36th Pow Wow from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. May 11-12 in Balboa Park at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2024 While the largest number of deaths involved parents of white children, the highest rates of loss were among children of American Indian or Alaska Native parents. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 The highest number of deaths were among white parents, but children of American Indian or Alaska Native parents experienced the highest rates of loss, the study found. Chantelle Lee, TIME, 8 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American Indian was in 1650

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“American Indian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20Indian. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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American Indian

noun
: a member of any of the Indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere except often certain peoples (as the Yupik and Inuit) who live in arctic regions
especially : an American Indian of North America and especially the U.S.
American Indian adjective

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