Muckle chapter 1: prehistory of north america pg. 1 to 12. 1000 distinct tribal entities or nations continue to exist today. It is most common for anthropologists specializing in the indigenous people of. It is worth noting that some indigenous people reject the very label of north ameri- ca based on the notion that the label itself is a product of european imperialism. It is commonly held that the label indian was imposed upon the indigenous peoples of all the americas following the belief that christopher columbus had reached. Overview of the indigenous peoples of north america today: identity. Indigenous people and anthropologists recognize that cultures are in a continual state of change, elements of tradition and modernity co-exist. *status cards issued: recognition also provides access to social, health, and educational programs, and may bring economic benefits through treaties, other agreements and indigenous- run business ventures.