The Institute of American Indian Studies at Brigham Young University

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Prior to the arrival of Europeans in the Americas during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it is estimated that approximately half a million Native Americans lived in present Canada, approximately one million in what is now the United States, and several millions in that part of the Americas now designated Latin America (Mexico, Central, and South America).

Today there are some two hundred thousand Native Americans in Canada, over a half-million in the United States and a good many millions, according to the way a particular country defines an Indian (usually the percentage of Indian blood), in Latin America.

Since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which sponsors Brigham Young University has historically encouraged its membership to entertain a particular interest in the American Indian, it may seem natural that this university chose to organize an Institute of American Indian Studies four years ago.

 

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