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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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Contact: Lee Arikara, Jadoo, phone 916-608-9044, e-mail info@jadoopower.
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Hundreds of American Indians, including members of the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow and Arikara tribes attended the dedication of a dramatic bronze sculpture that is perched along the battlefield ridgetop.
The National Park Service and representatives from the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, and Arikara tribes developed the dedication ceremonies, with the theme of "Peace Through Unity.
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