Famous Native American Names?

Native American leaders fought for recognition, respect and rights for their people a struggle that continues today. Explore the lives and struggles of Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Pocahontas, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, Sacagawea and other Native American leaders.

What is the most popular Native American name?

Cheyanne, Alaska, Denali, Winona, Tallulah and Onida are just a few that top the list.

Who is the most famous living Native American?

of 16. Jason Momoa. Pawnee, Native Hawaiian. ….of 16. Princess Nokia. Taíno. ….of 16. Irena Bedard. Cree, Iñupiaq. ….of 16. Anthony Kiedis. Mohican. ….of 16. Tommy Orange. Cheyenne, Arapaho. ….of 16. Joy Harjo. ….of 16. Tori Amos. ….of 16. Sacheen Littlefeather.

What is the Native American name for strong?

Navajo Tribe. Adriel is a Native American baby name that means “beaver or symbol of skill.” While this name may sound different to some, it’s a male Navajo name meaning “he is strong.”

California Indian Education’s tribal resource is being compiled to introduce young Native American Indian students to a few of their nations’ most famous Indian chiefs of North America, brave tribal leaders and warriors who have left their mark on the recorded history of our great lands please do your own research to learn more in-depth facts, tribal biographies and their most noteworthy quotes about these famous Native American Indians.

The California Indian Education website’s “Top Ten” Indian chiefs is not so much about listing the top 10 chiefs of all time (which will forever be debatable), but our Indian guide is about beginning a study resource to familiarize students with some of the most important and influential Native American leaders of the recorded history. FAMOUS INDIAN CHIEFS LEADERS WARRIORS QUOTATIONS SPEECHES

INDIAN CHIEFS, WARRIORS, LEADERS Geronimo
Apache
1829-1909
Chief Joseph
Nez Perc
1840-1904
Benito Juarez
Zapoteca
1806-1872Cinon Mataweer
Kumeyaay
1800s
Tecumseh
Shawnee
1768-1813Adam Castillo
Cahuilla
18851953
Chief Hatam
Kumeyaay
c. 1805-1874
Charles Curtis
Kaw
1860-1936
Captain Jack
Modoc
1837-1873
Crazy Horse
Lakota
c. 1845-1877Russell Means
Oglala Lakota
1939-2012American Horse
Sioux
c. 1800-1876
Anna Prieto-Sandoval
Kumeyaay
1934-2010
Chief Dan George
Tsleil-Waututh
1899-1981
Richard Milanovich
Cahuilla
1942-2012 Mangas Coloradas
Apache
c. 1793-1863 Black Hoof
Shawnee
c. 1740-1831
Cochise
Apache
1812-1874 Red Jacket
Seneca
c. 1750-1830 Chief Seattle
Duwamish
c. 1780-1866 Shacknasty Jim
Modoc
c. 18511881Red Cloud
Lakota
18221909Standing Bear
Ponca
c. 1834-1908 Sitting Bull
Lakota
c. 1831-1890 Chief Pontiac
Ottawa
1720-1769Osceola
Seminole
1804-1838 Wilma Mankiller
Cherokee
1945-2010
Chief Manuelito
Navajo
1818-1893 TRADITIONAL American Indian Quotations Upon suffering beyond suffering: The Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world; a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.

In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one.

Crazy Horse is quoted as saying while he sat smoking the Sacred Pipe with Sitting Bull for the last time Crazy Horse was killed four days later by US Army soldiers in a hand-to-hand scuffle as they attempted to imprison him. There are no known photographs of Crazy Horse, he would not permit anyone to take his picture, presumably, Crazy Horse believed a photograph stole or unnaturally held the soul of the person(s) pictured. WORLD (non-Indian) Quotations FAMOUS NATIVE AMERICAN CHIEFS ON HORSES WEARING CEREMONIAL FEATHERED WAR BONNETS HOLDING TRIBAL STAFFS

SIX 19TH CENTURY NATIVE AMERICAN LEADERS ON HORSEBACK (l-r) Little Plume (Piegan), Buckskin Charley (Ute), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Hollow Horn Bear (Brul Sioux), and American Horse (Oglala Sioux). Photo: Edward S. Curtis, circa 1900. AMERICAN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY LEGAL BASIS: The Constitution of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state laws, as well as historical treaties all support the federally-recognized Native American tribes’ present-day legal rights to self-government and certain forms of limited tribal sovereignty….

HELP CONTRIBUTE to this section To help CALIE build this inspirational leaders page please CONTACT the webmaster to contribute your favorite Indian leaders or articles for publication. Produced by Ernie Salgado , Soboba tribal member.

Made in America Research & Design: Gary Ballard, San Diego blogger.

This Great Native American Chiefs online exhibit was put together as part of a University of Michigan Library diversity goal. The exhibit creators both have a strong interest in Native American history and culture. They feel that Native Americans have been misunderstood, and that their history has not always been accurately written about in history books. This exhibit is about reaching out to an audience which has an interest in Native Americans, and learning about their existence, culture and history. There are some interesting stories told here, and many more to tell.

He acquired a reputation as being a fearless fighter who wreaked havoc and vengeance on Mexican troops, because they had murdered his entire family that included his wife, children and mother. Many of Geronimos raids and combats were in the period of the Apache-American conflict that generated from white settlers occupying on Apache lands after the war ended with Mexico in 1848.

Raids consisted of stealing livestock for economic purposes, and the capture and killing of victims from all sides. His relentless fighting power earned him notoriety of the worst kind among some of his own people the Chiricahua tribe, and also Mexican and US military. Geronimo eventually did surrender in 1886, and was held prisoner of war in camps located in Florida, Alabama and lastly Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

He also sold autographed photos of himself, and had the honor of riding on a horse in President Theodore Roosevelts inaugural parade in 1905. In 1877 the Nez Perce tribe was forcibly removed from their native land by the United States government. In the Nez Perce War Chief Joseph led a couple hundred of warriors, and many women and children eluding United States troops over a 1,300 mile stretch.

Chief Joseph and his people then headed North in hopes of taking refuge with the Lakota tribe that was led by Sitting Bull. The Nez Perce were skillful warriors in the battlefield which earned them great respect and admiration among the opposing cavalry, and the general public. In the fall of 1877 after a long and brutal battle Chief Joseph and his band surrendered in Montana only 40 miles away from the Canadian border which would have led them to freedom.

However along the way many of the Nez Perce had either froze to death, starved, or died of disease including five of Chief Josephs children. In 1885 the Nez Perce and their fearless chief were escorted to Washington so they could settle on the Colville Indian Reservation far away from their original homeland and people in Idaho. In Chief Josephs final years he spoke about the cruelty that his people endured from the United States government.

In time, he took the name King Philip to honor the relations between the colonists and his father and even purchased European style apparel in Boston. Pontiac was a Ottawa war chief who led one of many Native American struggles against British military occupation, in particular in the Great Lakes region. On July 31, Pontiac and his supporters held off a British detachment at the Battle of Bloody Run, but were still unable to capture Fort Detroit.

Joseph Brant was a Mohawk military and political leader who rose to prominence due to his education, abilities and his personal connections. In the following year, Brant traveled to multiple villages to urge them to join the war as allies of the British. After the American Revolutionary War, promises made to protect the sovereignty of the Iroquois domain were ignored by Britain and the United States and land disputes ensued.

Eventually, Brant relocated most of his people to Canada where he died in his home on Lake Ontario, on November 24, 1807, after a short illness. Saddened by the many lives that were lost due to European attack methods, Black Hawk returned home to Saukenuk. In the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis, the Sauk and Fox, in exchange for an annual payment of goods, both tribes gave up a stretch of land that started in Missouri through most of Illinois, and part of Wisconsin.

These tribes made up about 1500 warriors and non- combative people that crossed the Mississippi River into the state of Illinois from Iowa. The intention of Black Hawk was to peacefully regain and settle on tribal land that had been taken by the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis. Tecumseh ( /tkms/ te- kum -s ) (in Shawnee, Tekooms , meaning “Shooting Star” or “Panther Across the Sky”, also known as Tecumtha or Tekamthi)

In 1810, a confrontation between Tecumseh and Indiana Territory governor William Henry Harrison regarding rescinding a treaty, led to an alliance with the British. In September 1811, while Tecumseh was traveling to recruit allies, Harrison and 1,000 men moved on Prophetstown and destroyed the town. In 1812, allied with the British, Tecumsehs confederacy lay siege to Detroit, this victory was reversed the following year.

Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota military, religious, and tribal chief who led his people through many years of resistance to government policies in the United States. He was a stalwart defender of his peoples land and ways of life which were threatened by the intrusion of white settlers on treaty guaranteed tribal territories. Thus this brought upon the Battle of the Little Bighorn in which Sitting Bull, and other war leaders victoriously masterminded the defeat of U.S. troops that included killing Custer a lieutenant colonel, and all of his men.

After this massive victory, Sitting Bull and his followers were faced with a U.S. military counteroffensive, so they fled for Canada to Wood Mountain, North West Territories which is now Saskatchewan. After his release Sitting Bull settled on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation which is now present day North Dakota. Sitting Bull remained a steadfast critic of U.S. Indian policy, and in 1890 agent James McLaughlin ordered his arrest.

After the European invasion Kintpuash and his tribe were forcibly removed by white settlers to the Klamath Indian Reservation in southwest Oregon. After being poorly treated by the larger Klamath tribe, in 1865 Captain Jack led his family, and the Modoc people back to their lands in California. The United States Army was sent out once again to round up Captain Jack, and his tribe of Modocs to have them sent back to the Klamath Reservation.

Born: 1804 in Maskk or Creek village of Talisi, now known as Tallassee, Alabama near present day Tuskegee AL Wovokas messages included teachings of nonviolence, but due to the troubled history between Native Americans and whites settlers, the performance of the Ghost Dance was not received as peaceful by non-Natives. The massacre at Wounded Knee in Dec 1890 brought an end to the public practice of the Ghost Dance, instead it went underground.

Group of Native American Chiefs

This Great Native American Chiefs online exhibit was put together as part of a University of Michigan Library diversity goal. The exhibit creators both have a strong interest in Native American history and culture. They feel that Native Americans have been misunderstood, and that their history has not always been accurately written about in history books. This exhibit is about reaching out to an audience which has an interest in Native Americans, and learning about their existence, culture and history. There are some interesting stories told here, and many more to tell.

Geronimo (aka Goyathlay)

Geronimo was an Apache leader who belonged to the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. He was not considered a chief among the Apache people, but was known as an infamous leader with a warrior spirit that conducted raids and warfare. Geronimo was a symbol of Native American resistance to both the United States and Mexican military. He acquired a reputation as being a fearless fighter who wreaked havoc and vengeance on Mexican troops, because they had murdered his entire family that included his wife, children and mother.Many of Geronimo’s raids and combats were in the period of the Apache-American conflict that generated from white settlers occupying on Apache lands after the war ended with Mexico in 1848. Initially the warfare began with the older Apache-Mexican conflict, and then the Apache-American conflict. During the years of 1850 to 1886 raids and retaliation had become the normal way life between the Apaches and Mexicans and later Apaches and Americans. Raids consisted of stealing livestock for economic purposes, and the capture and killing of victims from all sides. Geronimo established a strong resistance to his many enemies that lasted for over 30 years. His relentless fighting power earned him notoriety of the worst kind among some of his own people the Chiricahua tribe, and also Mexican and US military.Geronimo eventually did surrender in 1886, and was held prisoner of war in camps located in Florida, Alabama and lastly Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In his later years Geronimo converted to Christianity, because he thought it was a better religion than his own. He also sold autographed photos of himself, and had the honor of riding on a horse in President Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade in 1905. Geronimo was never allowed to return to his tribe or homeland, and died at the hospital in Fort Sill in 1909. His legacy lived on because in 2011 U.S. military that killed Osama Bin Laden was code-named Geronimo.Geronimo. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 27, 2017 from Wikipedia.Utley, Robert M.Angie Debo.

Metacomet (aka King Philip)

Chief Joseph was a Nez Perce leader who led his tribe called the Wallowa band of Nez Perce through a treacherous time in United States history. These indigenous people were natives to the Wallowa Valley in Oregon. Chief Joseph was a powerful advocate for his people’s rights to remain on their homeland. In 1877 the Nez Perce tribe was forcibly removed from their native land by the United States government. The Nez Perce were given 30 day notice to leave their homeland. At first the Nez Perce people resisted removal, and this resulted in a series of violent events. They were ordered to relocate to a reservation in Lapwai, Idaho which resulted into the Nez Perce War.In the Nez Perce War Chief Joseph led a couple hundred of warriors, and many women and children eluding United States troops over a 1,300 mile stretch. In a 3 month period the Nez Perce battled their way across the state of Oregon, and all the way to Montana. The tribe first attempted to settle with the Crow in Montana, but the Crow natives refused to help them. Chief Joseph and his people then headed North in hopes of taking refuge with the Lakota tribe that was led by Sitting Bull. The Nez Perce were skillful warriors in the battlefield which earned them great respect and admiration among the opposing cavalry, and the general public. In the fall of 1877 after a long and brutal battle Chief Joseph and his band surrendered in Montana only 40 miles away from the Canadian border which would have led them to freedom. However along the way many of the Nez Perce had either froze to death, starved, or died of disease including five of Chief Joseph’s children.After the war Chief Joseph was never allowed to return home. In 1885 the Nez Perce and their fearless chief were escorted to Washington so they could settle on the Colville Indian Reservation far away from their original homeland and people in Idaho. In Chief Joseph’s final years he spoke about the cruelty that his people endured from the United States government. His hope was that one day there would be equality for everyone including Native Americans. Chief Joseph died of natural causes in 1904, and is buried in Nespelem, Washington.Chief Joseph. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 27, 2017 from Wikipedia.Davis, Russell and Ashabranner, Brent K.Moulton, Candy Vyvey.

Obwandiyag (aka Pontiac)

Pontiac was a Ottawa war chief who led one of many Native American struggles against British military occupation, in particular in the Great Lakes region. He was one of the prominent leaders in the conflict referred as Pontiac’s War. Pontiac became an Ottawa war leader in 1747 when he allied himself with New France against the Huron leader Nicholas Orontony. He was an ally of the French during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) against the British. Dissatisfied with British policies after the French and Indian War, a loose confederacy of Native Americans was formed to push the British out of the continent.On April 27, 1763, Pontiac held a council to urge a surprise attack on Fort Detroit. Pontiac’s war began on May 7, 1763, when Pontiac and 300 of his followers attempted to take Fort Detroit. Eventually, more than 900 warriors from a half dozen different tribes joined the siege. For about six months, Pontiac and his followers laid siege to the fort. On July 31, Pontiac and his supporters held off a British detachment at the Battle of Bloody Run, but were still unable to capture Fort Detroit. By the October of the same year, the siege was lifted and Pontiac and his followers withdrew to the Illinois Country. The influence of Pontiac declined after the failed Fort Detroit siege. Pontiac was assassinated on April 20, 1769, by a Peoria warrior whose name has not been preserved.Pontiac (Ottawa Leader). (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 1, 2016 from Wikipedia.Pontiac’s War. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 1, 2016 from Wikipedia.Middleton, Richard.Peckham, Howard H.

Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak (aka Black Hawk)

Thayendanegea means “two wagers (sticks) bound together for strength” or possibly “he who places two bets”Joseph Brant was a Mohawk military and political leader who rose to prominence due to his education, abilities and his personal connections. Brant fought in various wars throughout his life time. He participated in French and Indian War, allied with the British he fought with Mohawk and Iroquois allies. He received the silver medal from the British for service. Brant became fluent in English as well as at least three of the Six Nations’ Iroquoian languages. Brant led Mohawk and colonial Loyalists during the American Revolutionary War. The Mohawk named Brant as a war chief and their primary spokesman. Brant traveled to London in 1775 to persuade the crown to address past Mohawk grievances in exchange for the Iroquois nations (Six Nations) allying with the British. A promise of land in Quebec was made if they fought in upcoming rebellion in America.Brant was an active combatant in the American Revolution. The Mohawk were a part of the Six Nations who decided to remain neutral in 1775. In the following year, Brant traveled to multiple villages to urge them to join the war as allies of the British. By July of 1777, the Six Nations had abandoned neutrality and four of the six nations allied with the British. Brant’s service is marked by various battles in the New York and Great Lakes areas. After the American Revolutionary War, promises made to protect the sovereignty of the Iroquois domain were ignored by Britain and the United States and land disputes ensued. Eventually, Brant relocated most of his people to Canada where he died in his home on Lake Ontario, on November 24, 1807, after a short illness.Joseph Brant. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retreived March 1, 2016 from Wikipedia.Kelsay, Isabel Thompson.Robinson, Helen Caister.

Wilma Mankiller

Tecumseh (/tɛˈkʌmsə/Tecumseh was a leader of the Shawnee and a large tribal confederacy which opposed the United States during Tecumseh’s War and became an ally of Britain in the War of 1812. He was considered a natural and charismatic leader and participated in numerous conflicts on the frontier. Growing up during the American Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War, Tecumseh developed a vision of an independent Native American nation east of the Mississippi under British protection as colonists moved further west. He is known for Tecumseh’s War which led into the War of 1812, during which the Siege of Detroit and the Battle of Thames took place.During the first decade of the nineteenth century, Tecumseh’s younger brother Tenskwatawa became known as “The Shawnee Prophet.” The Prophet’s teachings attracted followers from other tribes and led to increased tensions between settlers and his followers. Tecumseh emerged as the primary leader of the confederacy of tribes who followed his brother’s teachings. In 1810, a confrontation between Tecumseh and Indiana Territory governor William Henry Harrison regarding rescinding a treaty, led to an alliance with the British. In September 1811, while Tecumseh was traveling to recruit allies, Harrison and 1,000 men moved on Prophetstown and destroyed the town. The Battle of Tippecanoe was a setback, but Tecumseh continued building allies when he returned from the South. In 1812, allied with the British, Tecumseh’s confederacy lay siege to Detroit, this victory was reversed the following year. Tecumseh was killed in October 1813 during the Battle of Thames, near Moraviantown. The death of Tecumseh led to the disbanding of his confederation and further western movement of Native Americans.Tecumseh. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 1, 2016 from Wikipedia.Calloway, Colin G.Laxer, James.

Osceola

Osceola was an influential Florida Seminole leader. For almost two years, he led a band of warriors in resistance against the United States during the second Seminole war. He was born Billy Powell, in Maskókî or Creek village of Talisi, now known as Tallassee, Alabama. He was the son of Polly Copinger (Tallassee woman) and William Powell (English trader). He was raised in Creek traditions. When Billy was born, many of the people in his village were of mixed blood Indian/English/Scottish with some African blood thrown in for good measure. The Creek nation had lived along the Tallapoosa River in present day Alabama for generations. In 1814, after the Red Stick Creek were defeated by US forces, Polly migrated to Florida along with other Creek refugees and joined the Seminole where Billy grew to adulthood and was given the name Osceola.European-American settlers pressured the United States government to remove the Seminole from Florida, especially after the US had acquired Florida from Spain. The further encroachment from settlers led to many skirmishes between Seminoles and the military. Lands were seized and the Seminoles moved farther south into Florida. Additional pressure was laid upon the Seminoles to agree to sell their land and move to lands west of the Mississippi. In 1832, the Treaty of Payne’s Landing was signed by a few chiefs, but others do not agree to the removal. In 1835, Osceola and his warriors murdered an Indian agent who had locked him up. For the next two years, Osceola led a successful resistance which is regarded as the second Seminole War. He was captured in October 1837, when he went for peace talks. The deceit involved in his capture led to a nationwide uproar. Apparently, very ill at the time of his capture, Osceola died in prison on January 30, 1838.Osceola. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 27, 2017 from Wikipedia.Wickman, Patricia R.Hatch, Thom.