The term Native American is a late-20th-century descriptor used to identify the indigenous peoples of North America that is now the United States. The term Indian is the descriptor used by the federal government as a matter of federal law. There is no federal statute that defines the status of Indian, although the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down decisions that do. There are currently more than 550 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States. Each tribe is responsible for setting its enrollment criteria. Some tribes have a blood ...

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