Welcome to our Kentucky 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 Kentucky tribe, or scroll below the map for Kentucky Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages
of Kentucky. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Kentucky
Did you know the name "Kentucky" comes from a Iroquoian Indian word? It
comes from Kentake, which means "meadow land." The Iroquois were not the original native people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Kentucky included:
There are no federally recognized Indian tribes in Kentucky today.
Most Native Americans were forced to leave Kentucky during the Indian Removals of the 1800's. These tribes are not extinct, but except for
the descendants of Kentucky Indians who escaped from Removal, they do not live in Kentucky anymore. They were moved to Indian reservations in Oklahoma
instead. If you click on the link for each tribe above, you can find more information about them.
Other Indian tribes, bands and communities remaining in Kentucky today include: