from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Native American confederacy composed of numerous small tribes formerly inhabiting the Red River area of Louisiana, Arkansas, and eastern Texas and now located in central Oklahoma.
- n. A member of this confederacy.
- n. The Caddoan language of the Caddo.
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- n. A member of one of the Caddo tribes.
- proper n. A confederacy of several southeastern Native American tribes, who inhabited much of what is now East Texas, western Louisiana and portions of southern Arkansas and Oklahoma in the sixteenth century.
- proper n. A Caddoan language of the Southern Plains of the United States, spoken by the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma.
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- n. a group of Plains Indians formerly living in what is now North and South Dakota and Nebraska and Kansas and Arkansas and Louisiana and Oklahoma and Texas
- n. a family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the Midwest by the Caddo
Both names are unobjectionable, but as the term Caddo has priority by a few pages preference is given to it.
The Caddo were a semi-sedentary and agricultural people, living in large, conical, communal, grass-thatched houses, and cultivating abundant crops of corn, beans, and pumpkins.
Grabbing up my quiver and Caddo bow, I carefully followed in his footsteps as we picked our way across his camp and then down the trail that led to the creek.
In 2009, long-time Caddo Parish resident Carl Staples, an African-American man, was summoned to jury service for a capital case.
In 1951, in response to the burgeoning civil rights movement, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, defiantly raised a Confederate flag outside the entrance to its courthouse.
On their behalf, the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the flag’s presence at the courthouse risks tainting the capital punishment system with racial bias in two ways: First, the flag risks excluding potential African-American jurors, like Mr. Staples, who are unwilling to serve on Caddo Parish juries underneath a symbol of white supremacy.
The Confederate flag is also emblematic of the racial discrimination in jury selection within Caddo’s courthouse doors.
Yesterday, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing the charges of “endemic racism” in Caddo Parish and agreeing with us that the presence of the Confederate flag prominently displayed outside a Louisiana courthouse could be offensive to some.
We know that Mr. Staples is not alone, and we look forward to the type of hearing the Supreme Court suggests, in order to establish that the presence of the Confederate flag at the Caddo courthouse renders the capital trials held there inherently unfair.
He claims to have suffered additional discrimination due to the Confederate flag that has flown outside the Caddo Parish courthouse in Shreveport since 1951.
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