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Frequently Asked Questions about Tribes

About Tribes

How many Indian tribes are there in Minnesota? What are they?

There are eleven federally recognized Indian tribes that make their home in Minnesota.

  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • Prairie Island Dakota Community
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • Upper Sioux Community
  • White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians
How many Indian tribes are there in the United States?

There are 566 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States, each with their own distinctive values, culture, history, political structure, and language. There are also about 400 non-federally recognized tribes, some of whom lost their status during the period of federal termination policies.

What is the Great Sioux Nation?

Federal government policies split up the Great Sioux Nation into many smaller communities. The seven nations which comprised the historic Oceti Sakowin [oh-che-tee sah-koh-ween] (the Seven Council Fires) are found on these reservations: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (MN), Upper Sioux (MN), Lower Sioux (MN), Prairie Island (MN), Sisseton-Wahpeton (SD), Santee (NE), Flandreau Santee (SD), Yankton Sioux (SD), Standing Rock (SD), Cheyenne River (SD), Crow Creek (SD), Oglala Sioux (SD), Rosebud (SD), Lower Brule (SD), Spirit Lake (ND), and Ft. Peck (MT). There are also several Dakota reservations (called reserves) in Canada.

What are the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation?
  • Mdewakanton - Dwellers of Spirit Lake or Mystic Lake
  • Wahpekute - Shooters in the leaves
  • Wahpeton - Dwellers in the leaves
  • Sisseton - Dwellers by the fish campground
  • Yankton - End of the village dwellers
  • Yanktonais - Little end of the village dwellers
  • Teton - Dwellers on the prairie or plains

What if I have more questions?

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