"Sioux Indian Pudding." It bothers me to see those words. I dislike that many of my people are comfortable calling themselves, "Indians." I'm not militant, but I love facts and it will physically make me ill if I don't speak up when I know something is incorrect... (that has made me exceedingly popular throughout my life. It's a Geek thing.)
As a child about 8 years old, I was incensed that Columbus was revered as some sort of incredible explorer instead of the bumbling idiot I felt he was. In my own words as I described my 3rd grade History class to my family after school, "Columbus was STUPID!" Ah, I was so eloquent.
I hated the term, "Indians." And tried to explain to people who seemed confused or in disbelief, that we were Native Americans. At that time, I was in a Texas school and far away from my Native community for the first time in my life. I was stunned to discover many people in Texas thought Natives were extinct, ancient or a novelty who wore leather and whooped and hollered while trying to scalp people. *shudder*
My opinion of Indian vs Native American, wasn't something my parents taught me. It was a realization I came to on my own as a very young child. I was born a few years after the stand-off at Wounded Knee involving Lakota Activists Russell Means and Dennis Banks. That incident was still very fresh and raw during my early years. I first began questioning our complacency with being called something we weren't as young as eight and I never stopped. It's possible my teenage and college aged Uncles had something to do with shaping my opinion. One of my Uncles is a Native Activist radio personality on a station in New York.
My mother referred to our family as Native American but she wouldn't correct anyone who said differently (I didn't say she didn't silently judge them though😂). And my Dad was perfectly content to say, "Indians," he actually thought it was endearing and comfortable. And they are not alone. Many Natives are split 50/50 in their use or dislike of the term, "Indian." Usually the only time any Native has an issue with the word is when a Non-Native is using it. I know... kind of hypocritical. But aren't we all in some way or another?