Welcome to our West Virginia 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 West Virginia tribe, or scroll below the map for West Virginia Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages
of West Virginia. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in West Virginia
The original inhabitants of the area that is now West Virginia included:
There are no federally recognized Indian tribes in West Virginia today.
Due to discrimination and the Indian Removals of the 1800's, most Native Americans in West Virginia either
hid their Native heritage or were relocated to Oklahoma or other western states. There are still Shawnee and Cherokee descendants
in West Virginia, but the majority of Shawnee and Cherokee people live in states other than West Virginia today.
If you click on the link for each tribe above, you can find more information about them.
Teaching and learning activities about West Virginia Native Americans: