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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.
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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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These were Mandans, Hidatsas and Arikaras (Sahnish), known collectively today as the Three Affiliated Tribes.
In South Dakota, the men discovered pronghorns and prairie dogs, had their first meetings with the Yanktons, Tetons, and Arikaras, hiked the infamous Spirit Mound, and witnessed bison herds numbering in the thousands and river bluffs that appeared to be on fire.
It rewrote the balance of power for the Plains Indians, decimating the village-dwelling Arikaras and Mandans and allowing the nomadic Sioux to seize control of the prairie.