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Difference between First Americans and First-generation Americans

first Americans —(also: Native Americans) North American Indians:

  • Who knows whether the first Americans who came across the Bering Strait in pre-history were indeed the first.

Cf.: First Nations—used with reference to Canadian Native Americans:

  • All members of First Nations who are entitled to benefits are entered in the Indian Register.

first-generation AmericansAmericans of immigrant parentage born in the United States:

  • Galvone was a first generation American with his roots in Italy.