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         During the eighteenth century, white explorers and trapppers heard legends of a small, peaceful Indian tribe, some of whom had blue eyes, blonde hair and spoke Welsh. Finally, traders came upon the tribe living in what is now western North Dakota. Blue eyes, blonde, even grey hair were, indeed, found among them and many of their words were pure Welsh

Native American Tribes of North Dakota
         Did you know the name "North Dakota" comes from a Siouan Indian word? Dakota is the tribal name of the Dakota Sioux, meaning "friendly" or "allied." The Dakota Indians were not the only native people of this region, however. The original inhabitants of the area that is now North Dakota included: The Arikara tribe The Assiniboine tribe (Nakoda), The Chippewa tribe, The Hidatsa tribe, The Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes and The Mandan tribe.

North Dakota Indian Tribes
         During prehistoric times, various Indian groups occupied the area that is now North Dakota. Their tribal affiliations are not clear, but their culture was directly related to the Plains culture of the more recent tribal groups. It has been ascertained that at some period in the state's history, the Arikara (Ree), Assiniboin (Nakota), Cheyenne, Plains, Cree, Crow and Dakota (Sioux), occupied this area. In more recent times, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara have relocated in the northwestern part of the state, and currently occupy the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. In the north central part of the state, the Plains Chippewa occupy the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and Dakota (Yaktonai, Wahpeton and Sisseton branches) live on the Fort Totten Indian Reservation, The Dakota (mostly Yanktonai) occupy the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the south central part of the state. The other earlier tribal occupants have either merged into these latter groups or are living in other states.

Standing Rock (Sioux Tribe)
         "The Great Sioux Nation is also called the Lakota Nation, Dakota Nation, Nakota Nation, Tetons and/or the Western Sioux. The people of the Sioux Nation refer to themselves as Lakota/Dakota/Nakota which means friend or ally. The United States government took the word Sioux from Nadowesoiux, which comes from a Chippewa (Ojibway) word which means little snake or enemy. The French traders and trappers who worked with the Chippewa (Ojibway) people shortened the word to Sioux." - Quote from the Web Site.

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