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Just as the use of Native American names and images for sports teams has become very controversial in recent years, acceptable names for specific nations or tribes - or for Native Americans as a group - have strong political overtones. In the U.S., the terms "Native American" and "American Indian" are most common today.
LiveLinks Researching the Americas’ Sources and Searching Problems Recently, archaeologists uncovered fossils in Oregon which appear to indicate that the first peoples in North Amer- ica were here more than 14,000 years ago . Scientists theorize that tens of thousands of years ago, these peoples crossed a land and ice bridge that connected the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska. Whether current theories hold or are supplanted by future discoveries, it is clear that many important, successful, thriving cultures existed on the North American continent long before
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