It just occurred to me that some may not know what I mean when I use the term “Indian Country.” So, here’s a short definition:
Any area inhabited by Indigenous people. (In the United States, Canada, and beyond.) Historically, the phrase Indian Country referred to areas, regions, or territories (like reservations and trust lands) that were inhabited primarily by Native Americans.
I find myself (and others) using the phrase in a way that unites all Indigenous people, not just Native Americans in the U.S. In other words, “Indian Country” is not really a fixed, physical location, but exists wherever Natives are present.