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As I noted earlier this month, November is designated
as "Native American Month." I've had some email from
people, asking if they should say "Native American" or
"American Indian."

I use both interchangeably. Often in an article, the author
will include a footnote that says he/she will use the two
terms interchangeably unless they are referring to a
specific person or tribe.

For example, if you are telling a colleague about my
blog, you could say:

Debbie Reese, a Native American, has a blog called
American Indians in Children's Literature.


You'll do more to educate that colleague if you say:

Debbie Reese, a Nambe Pueblo Indian woman,
has a blog called American Indians in Children's

You could go on, and say:

There are 19 Pueblos in New Mexico. The ones
most people know about are Taos and Zuni. But,
there are 19, and they're all different. At Nambe,
they speak Tewa.

I posted a short blurb about this on my blog today,
top right.

I also posted a review of Eve Bunting's CHEYENNE


Debbie A. Reese (Nambé Pueblo)
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native American House, Room 2005
1204 West Nevada Street, MC-138
Urbana, Illinois 61801

TEL 217-265-9885
FAX 217-265-9880

My Internet blog and resource:
American Indians in Children's Literature
To get to it, visit my bio and click on 'Web Page'

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