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Nabedache - A tribe from eastern Texas, their name means "blackberry place" in the Caddo language. The Nabedache was the western branch of the Hasinai branch of the Caddo Confederacy. Their traditional territory was located between the Neches and Trinity Rivers.  European contract brought devastating diseases, and the Nabedache suffered an epidemic in 1690-91. In the ensuing century, their principal village, was 12–15 miles west of the Neches River. The tribe moved further up the Neches between 1779 and 1784. Ultimately, they were forced to relocate to the Wichita Reservation in Indian Territory in the 19th century. Today they are enrolled in the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma.


Nacisi - Also known as Nacassa and Nahacassi, this tribe was probably a Caddoan group. They lived on the Red River in Louisiana. In 1790 they had moved out of that area and were under the jurisdiction of the Nacogdoche Indians in Texas.


Nacogdoche - The Nacogdoche are a Caddoan tribe of the Hasinai group in eastern Texas who lived in the vicinity of present day Nacogdoches in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1716 the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches Mission was established in the principal Nacogdoche settlement and was intermittently maintained until 1773. The tribe was greatly reduced by disease and warfare by 1800. Many of the Nacogdoche were absorbed by the population of the Spanish settlement established at Nacogdoches in 1779, while others lost their identity among other nearby Hasinai tribes. Descendants of the Nacogdoche Indians are probably included in these Hasinai survivors, who today live in Caddo County, Oklahoma.

Nakota, aka: Yankton, Yanktonai - Nakota is the name they give themselves and means "Allies" or "Confederates," expressing their intimate relationship with the Dakota and Lakhota Sioux tribes. The Yankton lived in the southern part of what is now South Dakota, and the Yanktonai lived to the north. They lived in teepees and were in most other respects of the Plains Culture. They generally displaced the more sedentary Arikara in the north, in the south they fought the Pawnee. They now live on the Crow-Creek and the Lower Brule Reservations in central South Dakota.

 

Naltunnetunne - An Athapascan tribe formerly living on the coast of Oregon between the Tututni and the Chetco tribes, their name means "people among the mushrooms. They had a dialect distinct from that of the Tututni that is no longer spoken. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Naltunnetunne Indians were relocated to the Siletz Reservation in Oregon during the 1800's, where they were merged with other native peoples. In 1877 the numbered 77 people. 


Nanatsoho - Part of the Kadohadacho branch of the Caddo Confederacy, the Nanatsoho lived at the border of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, they settled along the Great Bend of the Red River, in present day Bowie and Red River Counties. Henri Joutel, a French adventurer, was the first known European to have contact with the tribe in 1687. Ultimately, they assimilated into other Kadohadacho tribes in the 19th century and are enrolled in the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma today.

 

Mohawk FlagNanticoke - Originally, the Nanticoke lived in Delaware and Maryland. The Nanticoke people were known for their sympathy to escaped slaves, many of whom they sheltered.  Today, many Nanticoke people still live in Delaware, while others have joined the  Delaware (Lenape) and Munsee groups in their forced migrations.

 

Napissa - This tribe was united with the Chickasaw living in adjoining villages and speaking the same or a similar language. They isappeared from history early in the 18th century, probably absorbed by the Chickasaw


Napochi - A Muskogean tribe, they lived near the Coosa river in Alabama. In 1560 they were known to have been at war with the Coças (Creek). Sometimes known as the Napochee, they were relatives of the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. The Napochi no longer exist as a distinct tribe and are be believed to have merged into the Chickasaw, Choctaw and/or Acolapissa tribes.


Narragansett - There were more than 10,000 Narragansett in the early 1600s but this had dropped to half that number by 1674.   Narragansett lost almost 20% of their population in a single battle with the English in December of 1675. Massacre and starvation soon killed most of the others. By 1682 less than 500 Narragansett remained. They were allowed to settle with the Eastern Niantic on a reservation at Charlestown, Rhode Island. Though increasingly racially intermixed, the Narragansett have been able to maintain their reservation, organization and population through the years. Federally recognized since 1983, the Narragansett tribal rolls currently list over 2,400 members, most of whom still reside in Rhode Island.

Natchez - The Natchez are a Native American people who originally lived in the Natchez Bluffs area, near the present-day city of Natchez, Mississippi.  They were a socially advanced people whose language has no known affinities. The Natchez are noted for having distinct social classes which dictated their responsibilities and privileges. Male offspring were of the class next below that of their father, whereas female offspring retained the status of their mothers. In 1729, they had a number of battles with the French and afterwards their social system collapsed and the survivors were either enslaved by the French or given refuge by the Chickasaw, Creek and Cherokee. Today, most Natchez families and communities are found in Oklahoma, mainly within the Cherokee and Creek nations. The last speaker of the language died in 1965.  More ...

Natchitoches - From Louisiana this tribe was part of the Caddo Confederacy. In the early 17th century they were joined by some of the remnants of the Kadohadacho, a tribe with many members who had been killed or enslaved by the Chickasaw. They settled on the Cane River around present day Natchitoches, Louisiana, which is a city named after the tribe. The Natchitoches do not exist as a distinct tribe today. They merged together with other Caddoan tribes in the 1700's. They are enrolled in the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma today.

Nauset - Shortly after Columbus' voyage to the New World in 1492, a steady stream of European explorers, fishermen, and adventurers began regular visits to the coast of New England. Located on a landmark as obvious as Cape Cod, the Nauset had contact with Europeans at an early date, but these first meetings were not always friendly. Through the years, the native community at Mashpee has become associated with the Wampanoag, although many of its members are descendents of the Nauset. The current population is about 1,100.

 

 

 

 

 

Navajo Stringing a bow, 1913

Navajo stringing a bow, 1913, photo by Roland Reed.

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Navajo - Native Navajo economy relied on agriculture and livestock such as sheep, goats and horses. They planted fields of corn, beans and squash and practiced hunting and gathering to obtain even more plant foods. Navajo life became difficult after western contact. The whites wanted them to stop raising sheep because of soil erosion and actually killed many of the Navajo's livestock. With the loss of their sheep, they did not know how to support themselves. Many Navajo left the government reservation to seek wage labor. Some served as migrant workers in seasonal harvesting, others went to cities for employment in factories, while others helped with railroad construction and operations. Located in northern New Mexico, southern Utah , and northern Arizona, the Navajo today accept changes made in the past and have made every effort to create a promising future for themselves. More ...

 

Neusiok - Also known as the Neuse tribe, they were thought to have been of Iroquoian stock. In 1584 they occupied the country on the south side of lower Neuse river, within the present Craven and Carteret Counties, North Carolina. They were at war with the more southerly coast tribes. In the later colonial period the Indians of the same region were commonly known as Neuse Indians and had dwindled by the year 1700 to 15 warriors in two towns, Chattooka and Rouconk. They probably disappeared by incorporation with the Tuscarora.

 

Neutrals - The tribe was originally located in southern Ontario north of Lake Erie. Their territory also included a some of western New York (east and south of Niagara Falls) and a portion of southeastern Michigan near Detroit. In 1641 2,000 warriors of the Neutrals attacked a large, fortified Asistagueronon village in central Michigan (presumed by location to have been Mascouten). After a ten-day siege, the village was overrun, and 800 prisoners taken. Women and children were taken back to the Neutrals' villages, but the men were blinded and then left to wander aimlessly in the woods until they starved to death. Eventually, the tribe drifted south, migrating into several other tribes.  Some of the blood of the Neutrals probably still flows in the veins of the Seneca in Oklahoma.

 

Neketemeuk - Thought to have been a Salishan tribe who lived above the Dalles, Oregon. Later historians discredited the existence of an independent tribe of this name.


Nemalquinner - A Chinookan tribe, they lived at the falls of the Willamette, in Oregon when they were met by Lewis and Clark in 1806. They also had a temporary house on the north end of Sauvies Island. They numbered 200 in 4 houses.


Nespelem - A small Salishan tribe of Washington state, they are relatives of the Okanagan tribe and speak the same language. In the 1800's, many other native tribes of Oregon were moved onto Nespelem land by the US government, which eventually became the intertribal Colville Reservation, where most Nespelem descendants still live today.

 

Nez Perce FlagNez Perce - The largest ethnic group in the Columbia Plateau, in western Idaho, north east Oregon, and south east Washington, the Nez Perce were closely related to the Cayuse, Tenino and Umatilla tribes to their west. Their name means "pierced noses," given to them by French traders. Acquiring horses in the mid 1700s, they quickly became known for their outstanding horsemanship.  Friendly with the white man at first, this changed when the United States withdrew their reservation status of the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon in 1875. Chief Joseph soon led his band in the Nez Perce War. In 1877, his band was forced to retreat from the Walla Walla tribe, traveling 1,800 miles with the U.S. Army in pursuit. The army caught up with the band in Montana, and Chief Joseph surrendered. In a speech that has become famous, he concluded with "Hear me, my chiefs. I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more, forever."  More ...   Nipmuc - The Nipmuc generally lived along rivers or on the shores of small lakes and seem to have occupied the area for as far back as can be told. Like other New England Algonquin, the Nipmuc were agricultural. They changed locations according to the seasons, but always remained within the bounds of their own territory. Part of their diet came from hunting, fishing, and gathering of wild food, but as a rule they did not live as well as the coastal tribes who had the luxury of seafood. Each group was ruled by its own sachem, but there was very little political organization beyond the village or band level.  Only two identifiable groups of Nipmuc have survived to the present day. Both are recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and have nearly 1,400 members, 250 of whom live in Connecticut (which has not recognized the Nipmuc). The Hassanamisco have a small two acre reservation at Grafton, Massachusetts. The Chaubunagungamaug have a privately owned ten acre reservation in northeast Connecticut. Although both groups have applied, neither is federally recognized.  
Nootka - A confederacy of twenty or more tribes of mountainous western Vancouver Island who all speak closely related dialects belonging to the Wakashan language family. They had a hunter-gatherer economy with extensive reliance upon fishing, including the hunting of whales. Well crafted dugout canoes were used to ply the ocean. The Sky and Thunder gods were important in their religious beliefs, as were the Wolf Spirits. At a certain point in their lives, Nootka boys were abducted by men impersonating Wolf Spirits. They were taken away and taught wolf songs and dances. In a mock battle before men of the tribe rescued their boys and drove away the Wolf Spirits. The Nootka also practiced the ritual giving away of wealth known as "potlatch," the word itself coming from the Nootka patchatl, "sharing." Today the Nootka live in 18 villages  scattered about western Vancouver.

 

 

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Nez Perce tipis in Montana, 1871

Nez Perce tipis in Montana, 1871.

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Navajo weaving, 1915

Navajo weaving, 1915, photo by William J. Carpenter.

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