Interesting Facts About American Indians

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Foremost, “Indian” or “American Indian” is the politically correct name instead of Native Americans, but for some reason Americans stick to this unfavorable label. American Indians were forced the name, “Native American”. Anyway, schools don’t teach students much about American Indians, expect for common stories of Pocahontas and John Smith or Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims inhumane act of mass murder. Nothing else, but shortened information of tribes, casinos, and so little info on the culture of American Indians. So, I found some interesting facts and information online on American Indians.

Here are a couple facts on American Indian:

1. “Lacrosse was first played by people of the Southeast, especially the Choctaw. French settlers thought the stick looked like a Bishop’s crosier (hooked staff), so when they introduced it to Europe, they called it La Crosse, which became lacrosse.”

2. “Europeans introduced several new and fatal diseases to the Native Americans. The most well-known disease was small pox, which decimated the Native Americans. Others killers included cholera and measles”.

3. “Many Native American women were sharpshooters and able horsewomen”.

4. “Over 75% of residents on Indian reservations in the U.S. are non-Indians”.

5.  “Even though they were not citizens, over 8,000 Native Americans served during WWI”.

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