That's all well and good, E_Brown, but the propagandistic aspect of the term Native American cannot be ignored. It is often passed over in silence, but AIM and Russel Means in the 1970s didn't like the term Native American, and preferred to refer to themselves as Indians (after all, American Indian
Movement) because they felt that they, as a people should confront their history, and
force the white boys to confront it, as well. Phil Sheridan didn't talk about Native Americans, he said the only good Indian
he had ever met was dead. I can understand why some people wouldn't want to use the term Indian, but many historians and ethnologists, who don't have a political ax to grind, refer to these people as Amerindians. I am comfortable with that.
I know i'm swimming against the tide with regard to the term Native American. But i do, of course, have a right to express my opinion (and know that you acknowledge that), and i have a right to point out how the term came into currency in the bad old days of the 1970s, as the "New Left" was imploding, and political rectitude was rearings its ugly head. I do have good reason to point out the political uses of the term.
Finally, i am not, and never have told anyone what they can call themselves--and this is not the first time you've brought up that red herring.