Are Mayans considered American-Indian?

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Are Mayans considered American-Indian? If not, what designation?
WikiTree profile: John Quintero
in Genealogy Help by Kristine Quintero G2G3 (3.7k points)
As where the Maya lived in the past, and still live today, is part of the Americas, I would say Native American, rather than "Indian".

More specifically, perhaps, the pre-modern Maya people would be Mesoamerican.

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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Although the Americas cover land almost from pole to pole, the term “Native Americans” generally is applied only to indigenous people from what are now the United States.  Different terms are used in Alaska and Canada.  Why not just call the Maya by their name?  If they have to have a category, it should probably be “Mesoamerican Indigenous.”
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (380k points)
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Hello Kristine.

In WikiTree, "Maya" is a subcategory of "Indigenous Peoples of Mexico".

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (706k points)
Not only Mexico but also most of Central America, Meaning Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, British Honduras (Yucatan Peninsula), etc.

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