Indians of Texas

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Texas comes from an Indian word meaning 'friend".

Tribes and Bands of Texas

Akokisa, Arapaho, Alabama, Anadarko, Apache, Aranama, Alibamu, Atakapa,Attacapan, Bidai, Biloxi, Caddo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coahuiltecan, Coushatta, Comanche, Concho, Creeks, Crow, Deadose, Eyeish or Haish, Guasco, Hainai, Hasinai, Isleta del Sur, Jicarilla, Jumaro, Kodohadacho. Kadodacho, Karankawan, Kichai, Kiowa, Koasati, Lipan (Upper and Lower), Lipan-Apache, Mescale, Muskogee, Nebedache, Nacachau, Nacanish, Nacogdoche, Nacono, Nadaco, Namidish, Nechaui, Neches, Nasoni, Nanatsoho, Osage, Pakana, Papalate, Pascagoula, Patiri, Pawnee, Pueblo, Quapaw, Senecu del Sur, Shawnee, Shuman, Soacatino or Xacatin, Tacame, Taovayo, Tawakoni, Tigua, Tonkawa, Trans-Pecos, Ute, Waco, Wichita, Ysleta del Sur

Trans-Pecos, Kiowa-Apache, Lower-Lipan, Lipan-Apache, Upper Lipan


As identified in the National Atlas of the United States of America, there are no current federally-recognized reservations in Texas. There are, however, some state reserevations and many Indian settlements in the state.

Alabama and Coushatta Reservation: State, Tribes: Alabama and Coushatta

Tigua Reservation: State,Tribes: Tigua, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Reservation: State, under jurisdiction of the Southern Pueblos Agency


Southern Pueblos, P.O. Box 1667, Albuqueque, NM 87103

Shawnee Agency

Indian Tribes of Texas

Ethnologists have identified hundreds of groups of Texas "Indians," as the first European explorers to arrive called the peoples they found. Some of these were true tribes, accumulations of families or clans with social customs, traditions, and rules for order; these were occasionally quite large. At the opposite extreme, some were merely small family groups whose names or ethnic designations were taken for "tribal" names by the Spanish and French and in subsequent secondary literature. The extant names of Texas Indian groups present a dazzling array of variants, partly because the Spanish, French, and English heard the newly "discovered" peoples differently and recorded their names differently. Some names in the historical records are mistakes for groups that never existed.

Spanish period. The variety of the peoples and cultures whom Europeans first found in Texas and the different histories of each group make generalizations about Indians hazardous. Texas was not simply a Spanish-Indian or Anglo-Indian frontier, but rather a multisided frontier, a Spanish-Anglo-Comanche-Wichita-Apache-etc. frontier, where multiple groups acted for their own reasons. A few generalizations, however, apply to all Texas Indian groups. First, diseases introduced by the Europeans decimated them, especially after mission and military institutions brought people in contact so that they could be infected (see HEALTH AND MEDICINE). More broadly, anthropologist John C. Ewers has identified no fewer than thirty major epidemics-mainly of smallpox and cholera-between 1528 and 1890 that wiped out perhaps 95 percent of Texas Indians.

Family History Library

  • Southern Superintendency 1832-1870, 22 film M640 1st film 1602871

See also:

Texas_History for a calendar of events

Texas_ Military for a list of forts

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