- A group of Indians comprising a series of families or clans, usually
bound together by blood ties and believing all came from a common origin.
members of a tribe spoke the same language, and were under the authority
of a chief. The Government in making treaties usually dealt with
however, a broader meaning has developed
for the term "tribe." For example, the Bureau of indian Affairs today
deals with what they term a "tribal entity" in the state of minnesota.
They call this the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Yet this tribal organization
is composed of six separate bands of Chippewa Indians, and each band can
be considered a tribe for many purposes. In addition, there are a
number of other bands or groups of Chippewa, each of which can qualify
as a tribe.
Also, the Indians of the Fort Berthold
Reservation, north Dakota, are dealt with as one tribal entity, even though
they are actually made up of three indian tribes - the Arikara, Gros Ventre,
and the Mandan. Altogether the Bureau lists 279 "tribal entities"
throughout the United States.
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