Plains Indian


: a member of the Algonquian, Athapaskan, Caddo, Kiowa, Siouan, or Uto-Aztecan nomadic peoples formerly inhabiting the Great Plains of central U.S. and Canada

called also Buffalo Indian

Word History


from the Great Plains, region of central North America

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“Plains Indian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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