Welcome to our Missouri 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 Missouri tribe, or scroll below the map for Missouri Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages
of Missouri. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Missouri
Did you know the name "Missouri" is a Siouan Indian word? It comes from the
tribal name Missouria, which means "big canoe people."
The Missouri Indians were not the only native people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Missouri included:
There are no federally recognized Indian tribes in Missouri today.
Most Native Americans were forced to leave Missouri during the Indian Removals of the 1800's. These tribes are not extinct, but except for
the descendants of Missouri Indians who escaped from Removal, they do not live in Missouri 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 Missouri today include: