In A Nutshell (from shmoop.com)
In 1783, the United States was a new nation of about 3 million people living, for the most part, along the Atlantic seaboard. Native Americans, perhaps numbering around 600,000, controlled most lands west of the Appalachian Mountains. By 1890, a bit more than a century later, the United States stretched from coast to coast and was home to some 66 million people. Only 250,000 Indians remained, most of them living on reservations holding just a fraction of the land they once controlled.
Why Should I Care? (from shmoop.com)
Native Americans were here first, but those Americans who arrived later have never gotten their story quite right. From the moment Columbus stepped off his boat in the Bahamas and called the people he met there "Indios"—meaning people of India—Native Americans have been misrepresented, stereotyped, and simplified. Puritans assumed they were consorting with the devil in the forest. White expansionists branded them ruthless warriors. Even their nineteenth-century defenders often described them as "noble savages."
Abenaki; Algonquian ;Apache ;Arapaho; Blackfeet; Caddo; Cherokee; Cheyenne ;Chickasaw; Chinook; Chippewa ;Choctaw; Comanche; Cree; Creek ;Crow; Dakota ;Delaware ;Fox ;Hopi ;Huron ;Illinois ;Iowa; Iroquois ;Kansa ;Kickapoo; Kiowa; Menominee; Miami; Missouri; Modoc; Mohawk; Mohegan; Munsee; Natchez; Navajo; Nez Percé; Omaha; Onondaga; Osage; Oto; Ottawa; Paiute; Pawnee; Pottawatomie; Sauk; Seminole; Seneca; Shawnee; Siouan; Sioux; Stockbridge; Tuscarora; Winnebago; Zuni. This is only a few of the 532 recognize Indian Tribes.
I have spent some time reviewing a few tribes: Pawnee (they were important part of my genealogy research of the Johnston’s and Irwin’s); Osage (Missouri linkage); the Crow, Cherokee, Apache, Kansa, Missouri, Shawnee, were all part of history surrounding my ancestors many years ago.
From time to time, I read or hear folks discussing their woes and injustice – for the most part – they may have some merit – but nothing like the American Indians. We are still trying to understand the Inca’s and Maya’s – along with other American Indians (North, Central and South).
If you are interested in knowing more about Native Americans, I strongly recommend following this link http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/ to Access Genealogy Native American – Indian Genealogy.
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE