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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.
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(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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The near collapse of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara populations, combined with enduring social, political, economic, and military stresses, irrevocably tipped the regional balance of power in favor of westward-expanding Lakota, Yankton, and Yanktonai Sioux peoples.
Contact: Lee Arikara, Jadoo, phone 916-608-9044, e-mail
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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." They will feature prayer, singing, storytelling, and an open microphone session during which the tribes and visitors can speak freely, followed by a formal program.
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