Native American tribe chief
"Native American" redirects here. For people native to the United States, see Native-born American. For the political party, see Know Nothing. For other indigenous peoples of the Americas, see Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
"American Indian" redirects here. For other uses, see American Indian (disambiguation).
In the United States, Native Americans are considered to be people whose pre-Columbian ancestors were indigenous to the lands within the nation's modern boundaries. These peoples were composed of numerous distinct tribes, bands, and ethnic groups, and many of these groups survive intact today as sovereign nations.