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"The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love. " " Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." --Sitting Bull THE TRIBES OF THE AMERICAS: Native Americans are the indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States, including parts of Alaska down to their descendants in modern times. They comprise a large number of distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which are still enduring as political communities. There is some controversy surrounding the names used to describe these peoples: they are also known as American Indians, Indians, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Indigenous, Aboriginal or Original Americans. In Canada they are known as First Nations. The U.S. states and several of the inhabited insular areas that are not part of the continental U.S. also contain indigenous groups. Some of these other indigenous peoples in the United States, including the Inuit, Yupik Eskimos, and Aleuts, are not always counted as Native Americans, although the US Census 2000 demographics listed "American Indian and Alaskan Native" collectively. Native Hawaiians (also known as Kanaka Maoli and Kanaka 'Oiwi) and various other Pacific Islander American peoples such as the Chamorros can also considered Native American, but it is not common usually due to of Census and historical purpose.