Because Columbus was sailing for India, he called the inhabitants he met "Indians." However, his mistake of where he actually was was soon recognized. Still, some Native Americans prefer the term "American Indian" over "Native American." Some also argue that Russell Means, an American Indian activist, writes: "I abhor the term Native American. It is a generic government term used to describe all the indigenous prisoners of the United States. These are the American Samoans, the Micronesians, the Aleutes, the original Hawaiians and the erroneously termed Eskimos, who are actually Upiks and Inupiats. And, of course, the American Indian. I prefer the term American Indian because I know its origins. The word Indian is an English bastardization of two Spanish words, En Dio, which correctly translated means in with God. As an added distinction the American Indian is the only ethnic group in the United States with the American before our ethnicity." While the etymology of "Indian" as "in with God" has been proven false, some American Indians still prefer it.