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.]
References in classic literature ?
He had been listening to stories of attacks upon the trains by the Sioux and Pawnees.
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.