|The terms American Indian, Indian, and Native American are all
acceptable and can be used interchangeably, although Native American, a
broader term, may include Aleuts and Eskimos. Be sensitive to individual
preference when using these terms and whenever possible use a specific
group or tribal name.
Even though a native group may not use the term Indian with its specific
name, it may be useful information for the general reader and may be
added for clarity.
Use accents on American Indian names and words if the Indian language is
written in the Latin alphabet:
Gwich'in, Tse Nashchii'
(Note that the
symbol for a glottal stop is the same as an opening single quote—a 6 and not a 9 in many fonts.)
For a specific group follow the spelling in Webster's or the Style Manual. For tribal plurals do not add s:
Comanche Aztec Shoshone
Cuna Maya The Apache were later dispersed by the Comanche.
For individuals, s may be added:
but a Blackfeet
the Blackfeet nation
the Blackfeet in U.S. context
See also Amerindian, First Nations.