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The Avoyel Indians were a small tribe of eastern Louisiana, relatives of the Natchez Indians. The Avoyels have not existed as a tribe since the late 1700's, but there are some people of Avoyel descent still living in Louisiana today, particularly among the Tunica-Biloxi Indians and Louisiana Cajun communities. The Avoyelles were sometimes called the "Petit Taensas" (little Taensas) by the French, referring to the Taensa tribe living further to the north; however, the Avoyelles and Taensas were actually distinct from each other.
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