Pawnees


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Paw·nee

 (pô-nē′)
n. pl. Pawnee or Paw·nees
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska and northern Kansas, with a present-day population in north-central Oklahoma. The Pawnee comprised a confederation of four relatively independent tribes living in permanent villages.
2. The Caddoan language of the Pawnee.

[North American French Pani, of Illinois origin, ultimately of Siouan origin.]
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The Kansas resemble the Osages in features, dress, and language; they raise corn and hunt the buffalo, ranging the Kansas River, and its tributary streams; at the time of the captain's visit, they were at war with the Pawnees of the Nebraska, or Platte River.
The Omahas were once one of the numerous and powerful tribes of the prairies, vying in warlike might and prowess with the Sioux, the Pawnees, the Sauks, the Konsas, and the Iatans.
The Pawnee republicans had inflicted a gross indignity on a favorite and distinguished Omaha brave.
If the Pawnees are the owners of this land, then white and red are here by equal right.
The Pawnees and the white men are brothers, but a Sioux dare not show his face in the village of the Loups.
Show my young men the place, that they may pick it up before the Pawnees find it.
A band of Pawnees or of Blackfeet may occasionally traverse it in order to reach other hunting-grounds, but the hardiest of the braves are glad to lose sight of those awesome plains, and to find themselves once more upon their prairies.
We have passed the Pawnees, and there are no other tribes until we cross the great mountains.
He had been listening to stories of attacks upon the trains by the Sioux and Pawnees.
Lay a row of moccasins before me - Pawnee, Sioux, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, and as many other tribes as you please - and I can name the tribe every moccasin belongs to by the make of it.
He finds that he enjoys his life with the Pawnees more than life before with his aunt and uncle.