The only tribes that lived in tipis are the Plains tribes.
Some Indians do still live in traditional style houses like Navajo hogans and Pueblo communal pueblos, but very few still live in tipis on a full time basis. About half of the Indian people live off reservations in towns and cities across America and have jobs and lifestyles just like anyone else.
Historically, the tipi has been used by some Indigenous peoples of the Plains in the Great Plains and Canadian Prairies of North America, notably the seven sub-tribes of the Sioux, among the Iowa people, the Otoe and Pawnee, and among the Blackfeet, Crow, Assiniboines, Arapaho, and Plains Cree.
Today, tipis have become an important symbol of the lives and cultures of indigenous peoples. However, tipis are still put to practical use today. For ceremonial purposes, or for large gatherings, people belonging to various native American tribes will use tipis as their dwelling for the duration of the event.
The Sioux people lived in a great round tent called a “tipi.” The tipi was made of wooden poles covered with decorated buffalo hide.
Living conditions on the reservations have been cited as “comparable to Third World.” (May 5, 2004, Gallup Independent). About 30% of the 5.2 million Native Americans in this country live on reservations, including 0.5 million in PWNA’s service area (2010 Census).
The Lakota, like many other tribes of the Great Plains, lived in teepees. Generally, teepees were circular tents that could fit 4 to 6 people.
On a number of Native American reservations Native Women are murdered at a rate representing ten times the national average. Violent crime rates over all on Native American reservations are 2.5 times the national average while some individual reservations reach 20 times the national average of violent crime.
The Lakota (Western Sioux) people live on five reservations in South and North Dakota in a region of geographic diversity and climatic fluctuation. On the open plains, mixed grasses cover rolling hills interrupted by sand hills, badlands, buttes, and canyons formed by the Missouri River and its tributaries.
A tipi is a highly practical way to live outside. In fact, with a tipi beauty and practicality are one and the same. A tipi is strong, roomy, weatherproof, easy to pitch and above all has a fire inside.
The Comanches lived in buffalo-hide houses called tipis (or teepees). Here are some pictures of tipis. Since the Comanches moved frequently to follow the buffalo herds, a tipi was carefully designed to set up and break down quickly, like a modern tent.
The Sioux Indians would walk everywhere and hunting would take a long time. When they moved their village they couldn’t carry too much and the teepees needed to be small enough so that their dogs could drag them along.
Today they constitute one of the largest Native American groups, living mainly on reservations in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana; the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is the second largest in the United States.
The Sioux are a confederacy of several tribes that speak three different dialects, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. The Lakota, also called the Teton Sioux, are comprised of seven tribal bands and are the largest and most western of the three groups, occupying lands in both North and South Dakota.