Topical Guide/Church history/Race and Cultural Issues/Native Americans

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Amerindians as Lamanites

Summary: Are all Amerindians descendants of Lehi? It is claimed that Church leaders "seem reluctant or powerless to curtail" the belief among Mesoamerican and South American saints that they are descendents of the Lamanites. Critics say that Joseph Smith said that the angel Moroni told him that all American Indians were "literal descendants of Abraham," but DNA has disproved this.

Hebrew and Native American languages

Summary: Is there any evidence that Old World languages (such as Hebrew) had an influence on the languages of the New World? It is claimed that the Book of Mormon provides too short a time for the disappearance of the Nephite/Lamanite Hebrew language.

A FairMormon analsysi of Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church

Native Americans to become "white and delightsome" through polygamous marriage?

Summary: It is claimed that the Church “suppressed” a revelation given to Joseph Smith in 1831 which encouraged the implementation of polygamy by intermarriage with the Indians in order to make them a “white and delightsome” people.