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Native American Tribes of Colorado

Welcome to our Colorado State Facts section, part of an educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history of each Colorado tribe, or scroll below the map for Colorado Indian activities including a wordsearch, fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages of Colorado. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

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American Indians in Colorado

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Colorado included:

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*The Apache nation
*The Arapaho nation
*The Cheyenne nation
*The Pueblo tribes
*The Shoshone tribe
*The Ute nation

Other Indian tribes whose territory sometimes extended into Colorado included:

*The Comanche tribe
*The Kiowa tribe
*The Navajo tribe

There are two federally recognized Indian tribes in Colorado today.

Here are the addresses of Colorado's Indian reservations:

*Southern Ute Tribe:
PO Box 737
Ignacio, CO 81137

*Ute Mountain Ute Tribe:
PO Box 52
Towaoc, CO 81334

Teaching and learning activities about Colorado Indians:

Feel free to print these out to use at school!

*Colorado Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Colorado's Indian tribes.
*Colorado Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in several Native Colorado languages.
*Colorado Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Colorado animals.
*Colorado Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Colorado.
    We currently have pages for the Apache, Comanche, Shoshone, Pueblo, Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes.

Recommended books about Colorado Native Americans
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*American Indians in Colorado: Dancing with Grace:
    An excellent children's book presenting Colorado Indian culture through the eyes of a modern Cheyenne girl.
*Colorado Indians:
    Overview of Colorado's Native American history and culture for kids.
*People Of The Red Earth: American Indians Of Colorado:
    The history of Colorado Native American peoples from prehistory through today.
*The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado:
    Effects of the Colorado Gold Rush on the Plains Indian tribes.
*American Indians in Colorado:
    Ethnography of the Colorado tribes.
*The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century:
    Interesting ethnography of the Southern Utes.
*The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico:
    History of the Ute Indian tribe in the Four Corners area.
*Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region:
    Handbook of herbs, food crops, and plant lore among the prairie tribes.
*Encyclopedia of Colorado Indians:
    Thorough reference book about the Native American tribes of Colorado.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Colorado state:

*Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs:
    State government page for the office dealing with Native American issues in Colorado.
*Keeping the Past: Indians of Colorado:
    Article on the lifestyle of Colorado's Native American tribes.
*Colorado Indian Market:
    Homepage of the annual Denver powwow includes photo galleries of Colorado Indian art.
*People of the Colorado Plateau:
    Article on the history of the Paiute and Ute Indians in Colorado.
*Native Americans of Larimer County:
    Article on the tribes of eastern Colorado from paleo-Indian times through the 19th century.
*Colorado Native American Genealogy:
    History and genealogy of the Colorado Indian tribes.

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