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Native American Tribes of Texas
Welcome to our Texas 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 Texas tribe, or scroll below the map for Texas Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets, and words from the different Native American languages
of Texas. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Texas
Did you know the name "Texas" comes from a
Caddoan Indian word? It is a Spanish corruption
of the Caddo word Taysha, which means "friend." The Caddo were not the only native
people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Texas included:
Other Indian tribes driven into Texas after Europeans arrived included: The Alabama tribe
The Cherokee tribe
The Coushatta tribe
The Kickapoo tribe
The Tigua Pueblo tribe
There are three federally recognized Indian tribes in Texas today.
Here are the addresses of Texas' Indian reservations:
1 Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas:
Rt 3 Box 640
Livingston, TX 77351
2 Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas:
HC1 Box 9700
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
3 Ysleta del Sur Pueblo:
PO Box 17579, Ysleta Stn
El Paso, TX 79917
Feel free to print these out for classroom use!
Teaching and learning activities about Texas Native Americans:
Printable puzzle hiding the names of Texas' Indian tribes.
Texas Indian Word Search:
Learn to say "hello" in several Native Texas languages.
Texas Language Greetings:
Learn the Native American names of Texas animals.
Texas Native Animals:
Directions for using the Cherokee writing system to spell English names.
Write Your Name In Cherokee:
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Indian tribes of Texas.
Texas Indian Facts for Kids:
We currently have pages for the Apache,
and Wichita tribes.
Recommended books about Texas Native Americans: Good book introducing Texas' Native American history and culture to kids.
Texas Native Peoples:
Another good book on Texas tribes for kids.
Learn About Texas Indians:
A more in-depth look at Texas Native Americans, well-written and informative.
The Texas Indians:
Good anthropology book about Native American history in the different regions of Texas.
Historic Native Peoples of Texas:
History book about American Indians in Texas.
The Indians of Texas from Prehistoric to Modern Times:
Thorough reference book about the Native American tribes of Texas.
Encyclopedia of Texas Indians:
Art book of prehistoric Texas Indian petroglyphs.
The Rock Art of Texas Indians:
Collection of Native Texas legends.
When The Storm God Rides:
Biography of Texas Indian leader Quanah Parker.
The Last Comanche Chief:
Biography of his mother, a Texas colonist captured and adopted by the Comanches.
Cynthia Ann Parker:
Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Texas state: American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions:
Nonprofit organization working on behalf of the Coahuiltecan Indians of Texas.
Articles aimed at kids about the native tribes of Texas.
Texas Indian History:
Historical profiles of the American Indian tribes native to Texas.
Texas Native American Webquest:
An online lesson plan for teaching kids about Texas Indians.
Native Americans of Texas:
Texas Indian links pages.
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