Hi·​dat·​sa hi-ˈdät-sə How to pronounce Hidatsa (audio)
plural Hidatsa also Hidatsas : a member of a Siouan-speaking Indigenous people of the Missouri River valley in North Dakota

called also Minitari, Minnetaree

Note: The Hidatsa are federally recognized as part of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

: the Siouan language of the Hidatsa

Examples of Hidatsa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Fox, Korean acts singing in Korean are inspiring her to continue learning her native languages of Hidatsa and Cheyenne. Renata Yazzie, SPIN, 15 May 2024 The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, which is leading the coalition, says the funding will bring jobs to their communities and make electricity more affordable. Justine Calma, The Verge, 23 Apr. 2024 Junior Ranger Day events include the chance to build biplane models at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama and learn about the history of dogs in Hidatsa villages and earn a BARK Ranger badge for their own pups at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 The Hall of Great Plains contained artifacts from the Hidatsa, Dakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, Arapaho and Crow peoples, among other nations. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota, known as the MHA Nation, is wealthy from oil and gas revenue and has its own inpatient and sober living facilities. Ben Tanen, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The students represented many tribes across the country including the Apache, Northern Cheyenne, Navajo, Lakota, Colorado River and Mandan/Hidatsa. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, manage this population through their fish and wildlife division. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 8 June 2023

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Word History


Hidatsa hirá·ca, a Hidatsa subgroup

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hidatsa was in 1873

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“Hidatsa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hidatsa. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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