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  • n. a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America


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  • The fact that the stage line pulled into so many different forts along the way reflected the smoldering unrest, not yet a full-blown prairie fire, that was kindling within the various Plains Indian tribes whose ancestral homelands were being trampled daily by numberless thousands of white travelers.


  • * Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian war chief, is the author of seminal works in Native American history and culture.

    The Obama Administration: August 1-16, 2009

  • When the freely wandering buffalo was replaced by privately owned cattle fenced in by barbed wire and shipped by rail, the Plains Indian was forced to choose between remaining attached to a system which depended upon energy supplied by the buffalo, and which became every day less capable of regeneration, and attaching himself to the iron horse at the price of the abandonment of most of his traditional way of life.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 11~ The Organization of Productive Effort

  • Within a decade or two, French fur traders found that men, women, and children in the Plains Indian tribes were riding horses.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • This manifestation of what we think of as typical Plains Indian culture is anything but typical when viewed in context of their entire occupation of North America.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • When Claude Schaeffer, curator of the Museum of the Plains Indian, began to investigate birds in the lives of Blackft, he easily learned the names for the golden eagle (pitau), bald eagle (ksixkikini) and turkey vulture (pikoki) but the informants said there was another bird, a reeeeaaaaaally big bird: omcxsapitau or “big pitau.”

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's the same as with the Plains Indian tribes, when they lost the buffalo, they lost many aspects of their culture that were vital to their survival as a people.

    CNN Transcript - Sunday Morning News: Debate is Heated Over Oil Drilling in Alaska - March 4, 2001

  • So I'd be talking about issues like the Mexican War, for instance, the Civil War, the -- the Plains Indian wars, the real beginning of the mercantile capitalist culture in -- in America and the settlement patterns going westward.

    Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

  • According to the agreement, the United States agrees to ban unauthorized imports of cultural objects that are subject to Canada's Cultural Property Export and Import Act, including artifacts of the Inuit, Subarctic Indian, Northwest Coast Indian, Plateau Indian, Plains Indian, and Woodland Indian cultures.

    New Import Agreements

  • I gaped, for I couldn't credit it; there stood a figure in evening trousers and coat, starched front and all-and above it the bronzed hawk face of a full-blooded Plains Indian brave, with a streak of paint just below the parting of his glossy black hair, which hung to his waist in long braided tails, one adorned with a red eagle's feather.

    Flashman and The Redskins


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