Welcome to our Iowa 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 Iowa tribe, or scroll below the map for Iowa Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages
of Iowa. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Iowa
Did you know the name "Iowa" is a Siouan Indian word? It is one of the tribal names of the
Ioway people, meaning "sleepy ones." The Ioway were not the only native people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Iowa included:
Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Iowa state:
Circle of First Nations of Central Iowa: Organization promoting Iowa Native American heritage, with information on their annual powwow.
Iowa Indian History: Profiles of Native American tribes who lived in Iowa or passed through on their forced travels to Kansas and Oklahoma.
Meskwaki Indian Casino: The casino's homepage also has historical information and photos about this Indian tribe of Iowa.
Iowa Archaeology: History of the Iowa Native Americans from the Paleo-Indians through the present day.