Really, Dictionary.com? Definition of "Indian Country"

In Uncategorized by Adrienne K.2 Comments

I’m writing a paper, and was looking for a clear way to define “Indian Country” for my non-Native professor who is not well versed in Indian issues, so I googled.

Dictionary.com told me:

 Indian country:


–noun (esp. during the U.S. westward migration) any region where one was likely to encounter Indians, esp. hostile Indians.

“especially hostile Indians”? Seriously? in 2010, the accepted definition of “Indian Country” is a place where one is likely to encounter hostile Indians? The use of past tense is nice too, since we all know Indian Country is a mythical place that only existed during westward expansion. Really?

wow. 

Dictionary.com definition of Indian Country: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Indian+country

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14328347379621837240 Anishinaabekwe

    What a crazy definition. I would contact someone on that website to see if the definition can be taken down and/or changed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01281781256628889489 Jessica R. Metcalfe

    baahahah!
    Sorry but I find this hilarious!. Damn right we’ll be hostile if you call our homelands “any region where one was likely to encounter Indians, esp. hostile Indians.” I wish I was an artist so that I can title something “Indians, Hostile Indians.”
    I second Anishinaabekwe’s suggestion.