What is the correct terminology: American Indian, Indian, Native American, Native, or First Nations? All of these terms are commonly used, except "Indian" which usually refers to those of Southeast Asian descent, so that is generally to be avoided. Whenever possible, Native people prefer to be called by their specific tribal name, as each Nation has a unique culture, language and history, so learning about the local Wisconsin tribes and their history is recommended.  American Indian is the legal historical term used in treaties and most recently, "Alaska Native" has been included. "First Nation" is a term which originated in Canada and originally referred to the Canadian Indigenous population and is not politically incorrect, but will not be used here to avoid confusion regarding the Title VI Indian Education service population. Native, Native American and American Indian are interchangeable and depending on who you ask, each person has their own preference.

 

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