American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting the plains of northern Montana and southern Saskatchewan, with a present-day population in north central Montana.
- n. A member of this people.
- n. The Algonquian language of the Atsina, dialectally related to Arapaho.
“Atsina are also now settled in Montana, while the Sassi are in”
“Again, our knowledge of the eastern Algonquian tribes dates back to about 1600, while no information was had concerning the Atsina, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, and the Arapaho, the westernmost members of the family, until two centuries later.”
“Very likely much of the area occupied by the Atsina was formerly Shoshonean territory.”
“The Choctaw said, Apalachi ` helpers, allies '; the Blackfoot, Atsina”
“_Assiniboin_ or "Stone" Indians (because they used hot stones in cooking), the "Crows" or Absaroka, the Hidatsa or Minitari (also called Big Bellies, like the quite distinct Atsina of the Algonkin family), the Menómini (the most north-eastern amongst the Siouan tribes, and the first met with by the British and French Canadians south-west of Lake Superior), the Winnebagos on the southern borders of Manitoba, the Yanktons or Yanktonnais, the "_Santi Siou_" proper -- generally calling themselves _Dakota_ or Mdewakanton -- and the”
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