An excellent essay, "American Indian vs. Native American: A Note on
Terminology," by the historian Kathryn Walbert, is available at
>Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:42:17 -0400
>From: "Lambert, Frank" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: San Jose SLIS to Award Scholarships to American Indians
>and Alaska Natives
>It is astonishing that any institution of higher learning would
>refer to North America's native peoples as "Indians." It's as
>though SLIS was the first graduate school off of the ships navigated
>by the first western European explorers 5-600 years ago and
>believing that it had actually landed on the Indian subcontinent.
>Amazing! Well, if it is okay for Library of Congress to continue to
>perpetuate this term of ignorance in its list of subject headings, I
>guess it is perfectly fine to continue using it in other contexts.
>Or is it?
>Frank Lambert, Ph.D.
>School of Library and Information Science
>Kent State University
>P.O. Box 5190
>314W University Library
>Kent, OH 44242
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