Welcome to Native Languages of the Americas!
You have reached the
Native Americans by States section of our website,
a new 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 Nebraska tribe, or scroll below the map for Nebraska Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages
of Nebraska. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Nebraska
Did you know the name "Nebraska" is a Siouan Indian word? It comes from the
native name for Platte River, which is Nibthaska (in Omaha-Ponca) or Nibrathka (in Otoe). These words mean "flat river."
The Omahas, Poncas and Otoes are not the only native people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Nebraska included: