Massachusetts State Recognized Tribes Chappaquiddick Tribe of the Wampanog Indian Nation. Chaubunagungamaug Band of the Nipmuck Nation, Webster/Dudley. Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe. Nipmuc Nation (Hassanamisco Band) Pacasset Wampanoag Tribe. Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe.
There are two federally recognized Indian tribes in Massachusetts today.
Members of the Algonquian language family, the Massachuset cultivated corn (maize) and other vegetables, gathered wild plants, and hunted and fished. The people moved seasonally between fixed sites to exploit different wild food resources as they became available.
The 6 Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy Mohawk. The Mohawk, or Kanien’kehá:ka (“People of the Flint”), were the easternmost people of the early Iroquois Confederacy. Oneida. For most of the historic era, the Oneida lived in a single village near Lake Oneida in north-central New York state. Onondaga. Cayuga. Seneca. Tuscarora.
The Wampanoag are one of many Nations of people all over North America who were here long before any Europeans arrived, and have survived until today. Many people use the word “Indian” to describe us, but we prefer to be called Native People. Today, about 4,000-5,000 Wampanoag live in New England.
The name ” Massachusetts ” originates with native Americans in the Massachusetts Bay area (from the language of the Algonquian nation). The name translates roughly as “at or about the great hill.” All State Name Origins.
Today there are about four to five thousand Wampanoag. Most live in Massachusetts where there are two federally acknowledged tribes, the Aquinnah Wampanoag and the Mashpee Wampanoag, as well as several smaller bands in areas like Herring Pond, Assonet, and Manomet.
Federally Recognized Tribes Native Village of Afognak (formerly the Village of Afognak) Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove. Native Village of Akhiok. Akiachak Native Community. Akiak Native Community. Native Village of Akutan. Village of Alakanuk. Alatna Village.
Within the U.S., there are 562 Native American tribes. The largest are Navajo, Cherokee and Sioux. More than 3 million people in the U.S. are Native people.
Neponset, meaning “there, there is that place” or “there, where there is the crossing,” was named after the Neponsett tribe, and probably refers to the lower falls of Dorchester. These falls were used for wading or fording, and “pon” means a fording or wading place.
Among them were the Abenaki (a-be-NAWK-e), Micmac (MIK-mak), Pennacook (PEN-uh-cook), Pequot (PEE-kot), Mohegan (mo-HEE-gun), Nauset (NAW-set), Narragansett (nair-uh-GAN-set), Nipmuc (NIP-muk), Woronoco (wor-oh-NOH-koh), and Wampanoag (wahm-puh-NOH-uhg).
A federally recognized tribe is an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States, with the responsibilities, powers, limitations, and obligations attached to that designation, and is eligible for funding and services from the
Allen, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, has the lowest per capita income in the country. Extreme poverty rates on the ten largest reservations.
|Reservation||Location||Extreme Poverty Rate|
|Standing Rock Indian Reservation||South Dakota and North Dakota||16.6|
The Bureau of Indian Affairs uses a blood quantum definition—generally one-fourth Native American blood —and/or tribal membership to recognize an individual as Native American. However, each tribe has its own set of requirements—generally including a blood quantum—for membership (enrollment) of individuals.
Today, there are over five million Native Americans in the United States, 78% of whom live outside reservations: California, Arizona and Oklahoma have the largest populations of Native Americans in the United States.