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What does the name Cheyenne mean?

Q: I'm doing research on the Cheyenne Indians, also my daughter's name. Do you know what the word Cheyenne means?

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A: It's pronounced "Shy-ANN," and it was the Sioux name for the tribe. It may have been a diminutive form of the Sioux name for the related Cree people. In their own language, the Cheyenne call themselves Tsitsistas, "the people."

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