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


Hodge, Frederick Webb. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Washington D.C.; Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of Ehtonology, Bulletin #30 1907.
Swanton, John R. The Indian tribes of North America ( ) Smithsonina Institution, BUreau of American Ethnology Bulletin #145.


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
  • Kickapoo Reservation
  • Tigua Reservation: State,Tribes: Tigua, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Reservation: State, under jurisdiction of the Southern Pueblos Agency


Isaacs, Katherine M., editor. Omni Gazetteer fo the United States of America. U.S. Data Sourcebook Volume 11 Appendices, Bureau of Indian Affairs List of American Indian Reservations, Appendix E. Indiand Reservations, Omnigraphics, Inc., 1991.


  • Southern Pueblos, P.O. Box 1667, Albuqueque, NM 87103
  • Shawnee Agency


Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs. 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. Clearwater Publishing Co., Inc. 1974.

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

  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Southern Superintendency 1832-1870. (22 Family History Library films beginning with 1602871.)

See also:

Texas_History for a calendar of events

Texas_ Military for a list of forts

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