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Indian Tribe Meanings

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A - C

  • Abnaki - Those Living at the Sunrise (Easterners)
  • Achomawi - River
  • Acolapissa - Those Who Listen And See
  • Ahtena - Ice People
  • Akwesasne - Land Where the Partridge Drums
  • Alabama - I Clear The Thicket
  • Anishinabe - "Original People"
  • Apache - Enemy (Zuni Word)
  • Apache - Elk Horn Fiddlers
  • Apalachicola - People Of The Other Side
  • Apalachee - People Of The Other Side
  • Arapaho - Mother Of Tribes
  • Arikara - Horns Or Elk People, Or Corn Eaters
  • Assiniboin - Ones Who Cook Using Stones (Ojibwa Word)
  • Atakapa - Man Eater
  • Atikamekw - White Fish
  • Atsina - White Clay People
  • Atsugewi - Hat Creek Ondians
  • Avoyel - People Of The Rocks
  • Bayogoula - People Of The Bayou
  • Bidai - Brushwood (Caddo Word)
  • Brule - Burned Thighs
  • Caddo - True Chiefs
  • Cayuga - Place Locusts Were Taken Out, People At The Mucky Land
  • Cayuse - Stones Or Rocks (French-Canadian Word)
  • Chakchiuma - Red Crawfish People
  • Chehalis - Sand
  • Cherokee - Cave People (Choctaw Word)
  • Cherokee - People Of Different Speech (Creek Word)
  • Chetco - Close To The Mouth Of The Stream
  • Cheyenne - Finger Cutters
  • Cheyenne - Red Talkers (Dakota Word)
  • Chickahominy - Hominy People
  • Chickamauga - Dwelling Place Of The Chief (Creek Word)
  • Chipwyan - Pointed Skins (Cree Word)
  • Chitimacha - They Have Cooking Vessels
  • Chontal - Stranger (Nahuatl Word)
  • Choula - Fox
  • Chowanoc - People At The South
  • Chumash - People Who Make The Shell Bead Money
  • Clallam - Strong People
  • Clatsop - Dried Salmon
  • Cocopah - River People
  • Comanche - Anyone Who Wants To Fight Me All The Time (Ute Word)
  • Comanche - Snakes
  • Cowichan - Basking In The Sun That Warms Your Back Or Warm Land
  • Crow - Crow, Sparrowhawk, Bird People

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D - J

  • Dakota - Allie
  • Dakotas - Related People
  • Delaware - From Lord De La Warr
  • Erie - Log Tail Or Cat People (Iroquois Word)
  • Fox - Red Earth People
  • Git' Lissums - People Of The Lissums
  • Gitksan - People Of The Northern Skena
  • Gros Ventre - Big Bellies, One Who Cooks With A Stone, He Cooks By Roasting
  • Hach Winik - True People
  • Han - Those Who Live Along The River
  • Havasupai - People Of The Blue Green Water
  • Hiute - Bowmen
  • Honniasont - Wearing Something Around The Neck
  • Hopi - Peaceful Ones Or Well-Mannered People
  • Houma - Red
  • Huchnom - Mountain People
  • Hunkpapa - Campers At The Opening Of The Circle
  • Hupa - Trinity River
  • Huron - Hair Style
  • Huron - Ruffian, Head Of A Boar (French Words)
  • Hwal'bay (Hualapai) - People Of The Tall Pines</li>
  • Ihanktonwan - Dwellers At The End
  • Ihanktonwana - Little Dwellers At The End
  • Iowa - Sleepy Ones (Dakota Word)
  • Iroquois - Real Adders (Snake) Or We Of The Extended Lodge
  • Jatibonicu - People Of The Great Sacred High Waters
  • Jatibonuco - Great People Of The Sacred High Waters
  • Jicaque - Ancient Person (Nahuatl Word)
  • Jicarilla - Little Basket Weaver (Spanish Word)

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K - O

  • Kainai - Many Chiefs
  • Kakwchak - Porcupine People
  • Kan-Hatki - White Earth
  • Kanienkahaka - People Of The Place Of Flint
  • Kanza - People Of The South Wind
  • Karok - Upstream
  • Kato - Lake
  • Kawchottine - People Of The Great Hares
  • Ketsei - Going In Wet Sand
  • Kickapoo - He Stands About
  • Kiowa - Principal People
  • Klallam - Strong People
  • Klamath - People Of The Lake
  • Kotsoteka - Buffalo Eaters
  • Kutcha-kutchin - Those Who Live On The Flats
  • Kwuda - People Coming Out
  • Lakota - Friend Or Ally (Same with Dakota & Nakota)
  • Latgawa - Those Living In The Uplands
  • Lenni Lenape - Genuine Men
  • Lillooet - Wild Onion
  • Lipan - Warriors Of The Mountains
  • Machapunga - Bad Dust
  • Mahican - Wolf
  • Makah - Cape People
  • Maliseet - Broken Talkers
  • Massachuset - At The Hills
  • Mdewankantonwan - Dwellers Of The Spirit Lake
  • Menomonee / Menominee - Wild Rice Eaters
  • Menomonee / Menominee - Wild Rice Men
  • Miami - People On The Peninsula, Cry Of The Crane, Pigeon
  • Michigamea - Great Water
  • Miniconjou - Planters By Water
  • Missouri - Great Muddy, People With Wooden Canoes
  • Moapa - Mosquito Creek People
  • Moatokni - Southerners
  • Modoc - Southerners
  • Mohave - Three Mountains
  • Mohawk - The Possessors Of The Flint, Flesh, Coward, Man Eater (Abenaki Words)
  • Mohegan - Wolf
  • Moneton - Big Water People
  • Munsee - At The Place Where The Stones Are Gathered Together
  • Nahane - People Of The West
  • Narragansett - People Of The Small Point
  • Nanticoke - People Of The Tidewaters
  • Natsit-Kutchin - Those Who Live Off The Flats
  • Navajo - Cultivated Field In An Arroyo (Tewa Word)
  • Nipmuck - Freshwater Fishing Place
  • Nisga'a - People Of The Nass River
  • Nokoni - Those Who Turn Back
  • Nooksack - Mountain Men
  • Nootka - Along The Coast
  • Oglala - Scatters Their Own
  • Ojibwa - To Roast Till Puckered Up
  • Okelousa - Blackwater
  • Okmulgee - Where Water Boils Up
  • Omaha - Upstream People Or People Going Against The Current
  • Oneida - A Boulder Standing Up, People Of The Standing Stone
  • Onondaga - People On Top Of The Hills
  • Opata - Hostile People (Pima Word)
  • Osage - Shaved Heads
  • Ottawa - Traders
  • Otto - Lechers

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P - S

  • Pahoja - Dusty Ones
  • Pakiutlema - People Of The Gap
  • Pamunkey - Rising Upland
  • Pantch-Pinunkansh - Men Altogether Red
  • Papagos - Desert People, Bean People
  • Papinashuash - The Ones Who Like To Laugh
  • Pascagoula - Bread People
  • Passamaquoddy - Plenty Of Pollock
  • Paugusset - Where The Narrows Open Out
  • Pawnee - Horn People, Men Of Men, Look Like Wolves
  • Penateka - Honey Eaters
  • Pennacook - Down Hill
  • Penobscot - It Forks On The White Rocks Or The Descending Ledge Place, At The Stone Place
  • Pensacola - Hair People, People Of The Lakes, Tribes Near The Great Lakes
  • Peoria - Carrying A Pack On His Back
  • Pequot - Fox People Or Destroyers
  • Piegan - Scabby Robes
  • Piekuakamit - The Ones From The Flat Lake
  • Piikani - Poor Robe
  • Pilthlako - Big Swamp
  • Pima - River People, (Papago Word For "I Don't Know")
  • Pojoaque - Drinking Place
  • Potawatomi - People Of The Place Of The Fire, Keepers Of The Fire, (Fire Nation, Fire People)
  • Powhatan - Falls In A Current Of Water
  • Pshwanwapam - Stony Ground
  • Puyallup - Shadow
  • Quahadi - Antelope
  • Quapaw - Downstream People
  • Quinnipiac - Long Water Country
  • Sac - People Of The Yellow Earth Or People Of The Outlet
  • Salish - Flatheads
  • Sans Arc - Without Bows
  • Schaghticoke - At The River Forks
  • Sekani - Dwellers On The Rocks
  • Seminole - Separatist, Runaway or Breakaway, Peninsula People
  • Seminole - Run Away People
  • Seneca - Place Of Stone, People Of The Standing Rock, Great Hill People
  • Shawnee - South Or Southerners
  • Shoshone - Sheep Eaters
  • Sihasapa Sioux - Blackfeet
  • Siksika - Blackfeet Or Black Foot
  • Sioux - Snake (French version Of Other Tribe's Name)
  • Sioux - French for "Cut-Throats"
  • Sisitonwan - Dwellers Of The Fish Ground
  • Skokomish - River People

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T - Z

  • Taino - We The Good People
  • Takelma - Those Living Along The River
  • Tanima - Liver Eaters
  • Tangipahoa - Corn Gatherers
  • Tantawats - Southern Men
  • Tatsanottine - People Of The Copper Water
  • Tawakoni - River Bend Among Red Hills
  • Tejas - Friendly
  • Tenawa - Down Stream
  • Tennuth-Ketchin - Middle People
  • Teton - Dwellers Of The Prairie
  • Tewa - Moccasins
  • Thlingchadinne - Dog-Flank People
  • Tinde - People Of The Mountains
  • Titonwan - Dwellers Of The Plains
  • Tonawanda - Confluent Stream
  • Tonkawa - They All Stay Together Or Most Human Of People
  • Tsattine - Lives Among The Beavers
  • Tsetsaut - People Of The Interior (Niska Word)
  • Tsimshian - People Of The River
  • Tsuu t'ina - Great Number Of People
  • Tubatulabal - Pinenut Eaters (Shoshone Word)
  • Tuscarora - Hemp Gatherers, The Shirt Wearing People
  • Two kettle - Two Boilings
  • Unalachtgo - Tidewater People
  • Ute - Dark Skinned
  • Vunta-Ketchin - Those Who Live Among The Lakes
  • Wahpekute - Shooters Among The Leaves
  • Wahpetonwan - Dwellers Among The Leaves
  • Wailaki - North Language (Wintun Word)
  • Wakokai - Blue Heron Breeding Place
  • Walapai - Pine Tree People
  • Wallawalla - Little River
  • Wampanoag - Eastern People
  • Wappo - Brave
  • Waptailmin - People Of The Narrow River
  • Wasco - Cup, Those Who Have The Cup
  • Wichita - Big Arbor (Choctaw Word)
  • Wichita - Raccoon Eyes
  • Winnebago - Filthy Water People
  • Wiwohka - Roaring Water
  • Wyandot - People Of The Peninsula, Islanders
  • Yakima - Runaway, Pregnant People, People Of The Narrows
  • Yamparika - Rooteaters Or Yapeaters
  • Yavapai - People Of The Sun, Crooked Mouth People
  • Yoncalla - Those Living At Ayankeld
  • Yuchi - Situated Yonder
  • Yuki - Stranger (Wintun Word)
  • Yurok - Downstream (Karok Word)

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