When Coronado first encountered these tribes, he made note of their reliance on the buffalo and how they utilized every part of its body. However, these tribes would grow to become some of the most fierce enemies to Americans traveling west, most notably the Comanche tribe, who were known for their brutality and warlike behavior.
These tribes mastered the horse that was brought to the New World by the Europeans, and like every other tribe, they would suffer from disease after initial contact due to the lack of immunity to European disease.
Despite the setback from disease, these tribes would become some of the most powerful tribes during the 19th century.
Great Plain Indian Tribes
- Comanche - A powerful Plains tribe that was known for their excellent horsemanship and breeding of horses. They were known for their aggression against settlers, Mexicans, Spanish, and other Indian tribes. They would routinely kidnap young children in order to increase their population.
- Gros Ventre
- Plains Ojibwe
- Plains Cree
- Plains Apache