Feb
08
2009
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Who are the Cree Indians?

A Cree Woman - Image From First People - NKCRThe Cree are one of the largest American Indian groups in North America. There are 200,000 living in communities throughout Canada and in parts of the northern United States. There are Woodlend Cree and Plains Cree but they are both the same people.  Cree Indians from prairie regions, are known as the Plains Cree. Cree [more...]

Feb
08
2009
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Who are the Flathead Indians?

Flathead Indian Chief - image from First People - NKCRThe Flathead Indians received their name from white men who first came into to the Columbia River region. The Flatheads do not have flat heads, but other tribes in the area had their babies in a type of cradle board and head bindings which forced their heads to come to a point. Early visitors to [more...]

Feb
04
2009
1

Who are the Cherokee indians?

Tah-Chee, A Cherokee Chief, 1837 - PDThe Cherokees are original inhabitants of the American Southeast, including Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In the 1800′s they were forced on the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee name for what the Americans called Indian Removal.  The US government created an “Indian Territory” in Oklahoma and sent all the eastern Native [more...]

Feb
03
2009
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Who are the Oneida Indians?

River of St Lawrence (photo by Norman B Leventhal Map Center)The Oneida Indian Nation originally occupied land that stretched from the St. Lawrence River down to the modern day Pennsylvania border. They  were members of the Iroquois Confederacy of tribes, along with the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora. Just as their fellow Confederacy members the Oneida were a farming and hunting people. Corn, beans [more...]

Feb
03
2009
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Who are the Mojave Indians?

A group of Mohave Native Americans, photographed in 1871 during a geographical survey - PDThe Mojave Indians lived along the Colorado River. The land of the Mojave, which is the the most northern of the Yuman tribes, stretched from Black Canyon (Hoover Dam) and ended about one hundred miles below Parker Dam. They had been there for a few thousand years. Today they live on two separate reservations. The [more...]

Feb
02
2009
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Who are the Menominee Indians?

Picture of Amiskquew, a Menominee warrior, painted by Charles Bird King (1785-1862) - PDThe Menominee are a nation of Native Americans living in Wisconsin. Menominee means “wild rice people” in Ojibwe. The Ojibwe gave the Menominees this name because wild rice was their main food crop. Gourmets around the world can thank the Menominee for that wonderful grain. The tribe formerly lived in what is now upper Michigan [more...]

Feb
02
2009
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Who are the Assiniboine Indians?

Assiniboine family, Montana, 1890-91 - PDThe Assiniboine, are a Siouan Native American people originally from the Northern Great Plains of the United States and Canada and they were centered in present-day Saskatchewan. This group of people was semi-nomadic, and they followed the bison herds during the warmer months. They did a considerable amount of trading with Europeans and worked with [more...]

Jan
28
2009
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Who are the Pueblo Indians?

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - courtesy Jonny Brownbill - CC-BYThe Pueblo are the descendants of the ancient Anasazi and Hohokam people. They live in settlements known as Pueblos, a Spanish word meaning village or town. These towns are made up of stone or adobe apartment structures with residents sharing common walls. The Pueblo are mainly an agricultural people, farming mostly corn and cotton in [more...]

Jan
27
2009
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What is Acoma Pueblo, Sky City?

The Soaring City - courtesy puroticorico - CC-BYAcoma Pueblo/Sky City, was establishd in the 12th century.  There is evidence it may date earlier. The location was selected because of it being a natural defensive fortress against raiders.  While Taos Pueblo has the oldest continuously inhabited individual structures, Acoma is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Access to the pueblo [more...]

Jan
27
2009
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Who are the Navajo Indians?

Navajo Hogan - courtesy Wolfgang Staudt - CC-BYThe Navajo Indians are residents of the Four Corners Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado). The Navajo people still live in their original territory. They had no ‘trail-of-tears’ as many other Native Americans did. The Navajo lands have the most acreage assigned primarily to a Native American jurisdiction within the United States. The Navajo [more...]

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