The term Native American is clouded with controversy. The Oxford Dictionary defines “Native American” as “a member of any of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.” Therefore, any culture or race of people that existed prior to the “discovery” of American in 1492 would be classified as Native American.

Historically, Native American tribal members were governed more by societal taboos and traditions than by rules and laws. Ceremonies would be held to try to “heal” those who went against these norms. This entry will focus on the experience of Native Americans living in ...

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