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n. pl. Arikara or A·rik·a·ras
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the Missouri River valley from Kansas into the Dakotas and now located in western North Dakota. Traditional Arikara life was based on agriculture and trade with the Plains Indians to the west.
2. The Caddoan language of the Arikara.


(əˈrɪk ər ə)

n., pl. -ras, (esp. collectively) -ra.
1. a member of an American Indian people of North Dakota.
2. the Caddoan language of the Arikara, closely related to Pawnee.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Arikara - a member of the Caddo people who formerly lived in the Dakotas west of the Missouri riverArikara - a member of the Caddo people who formerly lived in the Dakotas west of the Missouri river
Caddo - 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
2.Arikara - the Caddoan language spoken by the Arikara
Caddoan, Caddoan language, Caddo - a family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the Midwest by the Caddo
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Guests are only minutes away from experiencing the natural beauty and history of the surrounding area, originally populated by the Native American tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sious and Chippewa.
The focus is on the Mandan tribe, one of the Three Affiliated Tribes that include the Hidasta and Arikara.
Based on these stringent criteria, only one other case of confirmed human twins has been reported in the archaeological literature, from an historic or ancestral Arikara (1600-1832 AD) burial from South Dakota, USA (Owsley & Bradtmiller 1983).
These funds will be used to update the long-term transportation and safety plan for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation and to make the necessary preparations for improvements to aviation, railroad and pipeline infrastructure on the Fort Berthold Reservation in response to dramatic increases in oil and gas exploration.
Claryca Mandan, natural resources administrator for Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes' natural resources department, said the area is "one of the worst places it could have happened" because the pipeline sits atop a bluff, and the saltwater ran down the rugged terrain.
of Arizona) considers why so much fighting occurred between the US and various Indian tribes during the century following George Washington's presidency, and examines eight wars between the 1780s and 1877--the Ohio Valley War, the Red Stick War, the Arikara War, the Black Hawk War, the Minnesota Sioux War, the Cheyenne and Arapaho War, the Chiricahua Apache War, and the Nez Perce War--and the causes of each conflict (especially US expansion), the Native situation, events that created open warfare, and their similarities and differences.
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Upon waking, Wo'voka began to preach this gospel of renewal to his own people until eventually curious representatives from several Western and Plains nations, including the Ute, Shoshoni, Washo, Mohave, Cohonino, Pai, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Assiniboin, Gros Ventre, Mandan, Arikara, Pawnee, Caddo, Kichai, Wichita, Kiowa, Comanche, Delaware, Oto, and Western Lakota (Kehoe 8), came to Walker Lake to learn about the new ritual and seek teachings from Wo'voka, now popularly known as the Messiah.
While national policy encouraged farming among Native people, and newspaper accounts claimed the displays as evidence of that success, among the Dakota, Arikara, Mandan, Hidatsa, Pawnee, and many other tribes in the Midwest there was a long history of grain farming.
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The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes near Fort Berthold Community College have had a long and proud history of raising crops and preserving and storing them.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is one of our most important customers, along with many other tribal businesses.