Sioux Indian Research

Siouan Family. The most populous linguistic family North of Mexico, next to the Algonquian. The name is taken from a ‘term applied to the largest and best known tribal group or confederacy belonging to the family, the Sioux or Dakota, which, in turn, is an abbreviation of Nadowessioux, a French corruption of Nadowe-is-iw, the appellation given them by the Chippewa. It signifies ‘snake,’ ‘adder,’ and, by metaphor, ‘enemy.’

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  • Sioux-Surnames – For anyone who is researching the surnames of the Sioux Indians.
  • NA-NEWBIES – A mailing list for anyone new to Native American Research, all Tribes and Nations.
  • NATIVEAMERICAN-BURIALGROUNDS Discussing and sharing of information regarding remaining and lost Native American burial grounds in the United States
  • NATIVEAMERICAN-CHIEFSA mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the chiefs of the Native American tribes/nations in the United States.
  • INDIAN TRIBES-LOCATION, One for each state.  Ask questions to find the location of your ancestors
  • INDIAN CEMETERIES, A place to share the location or transcriptions of Indian Cemeteries




Suggested Reading

Story of the Sioux Indians
This is quoted, not from the chronicles of Swiss Family Robinson, but from a much nearer source, the journal of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804-6; and it sums up the impression left by the first meeting of the party with the Teton Sioux, one of the three great branches of that numerous tribe.
The Siouan Indians
The Indians of the Siouan stock occupied the central portion of the continent. They were preeminently plains Indians, ranging from Lake Michigan to the Rocky mountains, and from the Arkansas to the Saskatchewan.
Dahcotah, Or Life and Legends of the Sioux around Fort Snelling, by Mary H. Eastman
The materials for the following pages were gathered during a residence of seven years in the immediate neighborhood nay in the very midst of the once powerful but now nearly extinct tribe of Sioux or Dahcotah Indians.
A Century of Dishonor
The great difficulty with the Indian problem is not with the Indian, but with the Government and people of the United States. Instead of a liberal and far-sighted policy looking to the education and civilization and possible citizenship of the Indian tribes, we have suffered these people to remain as savages, for whose future we have had no adequate care, and to the consideration of whose present state the Government has only been moved when pressed by some present danger.
Sioux Indian Tribe
At the time of Captain Carver’s travels among the North American Indians there were twelve known bands of these “Nadouwessies.” They entertained the captain most hospitably for seven months during the winter of 1766-‘7; adopted him as one of their chiefs; and when the time came for him to depart, three hundred of them accompanied him for a distance on his journey, and took leave with expressions of friendship for him, and good-will toward the Great Father, the English king, of whom he had told them.
The Sioux Massacre
The massacre of the whites in Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, in August, 1862, is one of the bloodiest that has ever occurred in the history of the Indian races in North America.



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