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Native American Tribes of Idaho

Welcome to our Idaho 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 Idaho tribe, or scroll below the map for Idaho Indian activities and school lessons including a wordsearch, fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages of Idaho. Feel free to print any of these materials out to use at school!

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American Indians in Idaho

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

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*The Bannock tribe
*The Blackfeet tribe
*The Coeur d'Alene tribe
*The Kootenai tribe
*The Nez Perce tribe
*The Paiute tribe
*The Palouse tribe
*The Kalispel and Spokane Salish tribes
*The Shoshoni tribe

There are four federally recognized Indian tribes in Idaho today.

Here are the addresses of Idaho's Indian reservations:

*Coeur dAlene Tribe:
850 A Street PO Box 408
Plummer, ID 83851

*Kootenai Tribe of Idaho:
County Road 38A PO Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

*Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho:
PO Box 305
Lapwai, ID 83540

*Shoshone-Bannock Tribe:
PO Box 306
Fort Hall, ID 83203

Teaching and learning activities about Idaho Indians:

Feel free to print these out for classroom use!

*Idaho Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Idaho's Indian tribes.
*Idaho Language Lesson: Learn to say "hello" in several Native Idaho languages.
*Idaho Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Idaho animals.
*Idaho Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Idaho.
    We currently have pages for the Blackfoot , Coeur d'Alene, Nez Perc√©, Shoshone, Paiute, and Bannock tribes.

Recommended books about Idaho Native Americans
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*Indians of Idaho: Interesting anthropology book on the native tribes of Idaho.
*American Indian Tribes Of Idaho: Good overview of Idaho Indian history.
*Idaho Native Americans: Introducing Idaho's Native American history and culture to kids.
*A Danish Photographer Of Idaho Indians: Coffee-table book of portraits of early 20th-century Idaho Indian people.
*Myths of Idaho Indians: Collection of legends from different Idaho tribes.
*The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest: History of the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho and Oregon.
*The Shoshone-Bannocks: Culture and Commerce at Fort Hall: History of the Shoshone-Bannock reservation in Idaho.
*The Bannock of Idaho: History of the Bannock Indian tribe.
*Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region: Handbook of herbs, food crops, and plant lore
    in northeast Idaho and the Great Plains.

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

*The Peoples of Idaho: Overview of the Native American tribes of Idaho, with maps and an article on each tribe's culture.
*Southeastern Idaho Native American Prehistory and History: Anthropological article on pre-Columbian Idaho Indians.
*The Indians of Idaho: Essay on the American Indian tribes of Idaho. PDF format.
*Idaho Indian History: Brief profiles of Idaho Indian tribes.
*Idaho Indian Genealogy Project: Information for people seeking their Idaho Indian roots.

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