Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 16:42:16 -0600 From: Michael Linn Subject: Response to Terms Lynn Murphy's interesting and perceptive analysis of attitude self reference terms. But it doesn't address the regional influence on the terms. In Minnesota, and particularly Northern Minnesota, indigenous people of all ages resent being called Native American. In 1979, and reaffirmed 1994, the American Indian Affairs Council of Minnesota stated that American Indian was the term to use in all references to indigenous people. To see if this attitude was widely accepted, I polled the other members of the American Indian Advisory Board, a group of American Indian faculty, staff, students and community leaders. Everyone strongly prefered American Indian so it does not merely reflect the "elders being more resistant to change." None of my colleagues here want to be called Native American. Since I see Native American written elsewhere, I wonder if the term is being adopted in other parts of the country. Here it certainly boarders on being a racist term because the whites refer to themselves as Native Americans at the boat landings when they harass American Indians for exercising our fishing rights. My American Indian friends here prefer to be called Anishinabe, not colleague. As they prefer to call me Assiniboine, or other informal names. Michael Linn