Native American or Indian?
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Everyone I know who has Native American blood flowing through their veins prefers to be called Indian.
It does cause some problems though, because many people in our area are Indians from India.
In our family we have several American Indians: my daughter-in-law is half Yacqui, which of course means her daughters and their children have some of this DNA.
Another granddaughter is about 1/4 Tule River Indian (Yokut.)
The Indians I borrow a lot from for my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries are also Tule River Indians (Yokut.)
I had a very good friend who was Tolowa--and that's what she wanted to be called. Wrote about her and the Tolowa tribe in Kindred Spirits.
In my opinion, using American after whatever ethnic background we come from seems weird. We should all consider ourselves Americans and leave it at that. Most of us so-called caucasians are such a mix-up of races, it would be pretty dumb to list them and add American at the end.
Why I even brought this up is because when I'm promoting my Deputy Tempe Crabtree books, I want people to know that Tempe is an Indian, and there is always some sort of Indian mysticism in the books.
So, what to do, I still don't know, and I'm sure everyone's opinions are varied.
In any case--Tempe is an Indian with ties to the Bear Creek Indian Reservation which very much resembles the Tule River Indian Reservation.