Top 10 Deadliest Native American Tribes

The Top Ten

1 Comanche

The Comanche were by far the most aggressive and fiercest. For nearly 150 years they ruled NM parts of Texas and northern Mexico by robbing, killing, and plundering. They had trade routes with other tribes and seized land and cattle from ranchers. They were an imposing force to deal with as the US government found out. Several things contributed to their demise in the late 1870s. Buffalo hunters nearly decimated their main source of clothing and food. Diseases dwindle their population. And they themselves were responsible in part because they controlled a large area that was not allowing them to sustain life as they once knew it. Plus, the encroaching white settlers, ranchers, and army found out that it was easier to control their trade routes, food sources and supplies rather than actually fight them. When the Comanche realized all of these issues and that they relied on government subsidies for sustaining life, they gave in... along with other tribes that had joined them. ...more

I have been exposed to much literature that would lead me to believe the Comanches were, by far, the most fearsome adversary for the expanding United States, and as mentioned in other comments, the fledgling Mexican Army as well... I have been made aware of their superior horsemanship, their renowned ability to fight from horseback, and their practice of "Counting Coo " was certainly a testament to their bravery and fearlessness in battle. I personally am in awe of the Native American cultures, and find many of the Nations and Peoples both fascinating and equally as fearsome as the Comanche. It must have been a great time to live, prior to the White mans extermination of the Native Americans cultures. A shame I couldn't have seen the wonders of this great land before so many were destroyed. But I digress, as stated, Many Native tribes were quite fearsome in battle, and as I am just starting this top10 list and haven't peeked ahead, I'm hoping to see the Sioux, the Shawnee, the Ottawa ...more

I find this article fascinating because my father's mother was part Apache and his father was part Comanche. We should be grateful to the Native Americans for preserving this beautiful country we all enjoy and Some take for granted. Try to put yourself in the Native Americans shoes. Wouldn't you fight to your last gasping breath to save your home, your children, your parents and all your relatives from Invaders stealing your Homeland, starving you out and worse? They were such a beautiful, proud people who respected life-giving Mother Earth, wildlife and honored their treaties with the foreign Invaders. It's a shameful chapter in the European Conquest of Native American sovereignty. Don't take America for granted. Preserve it for future Generations like the Native Americans did. Henry Reedy, Cary, beautiful North Carolina.

With there cruelty and fear they instilled in people I would rank them number one. If they had been more organized and had a more unified leadership they certainly would have been more successful.

2 Apache

The word Apache comes from the Zuni tribe... Means My Enemy. Raiders and mountain men. Standing for what is right. Warriors in there heart & blood. Apache... Native American Ninjas

My great grandmother was of Apache blood and I've been told that my forefathers stood violent to the end against the military. They had no fear.

The apache tribe is one of the many tribes that birthed great warriors. May they live long, and prosper.

Cochise made it his mission to kill as many white men as possible in Arizona. The following year, Cochise and his followers took on the U.S. Army in the battle at Apache Pass. Although he lost that engagement, Cochise continued his attacks on settlements and travelers on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border until signing a peace treaty with the U.S. in 1872. He died on a reservation a couple of years later

3 Lakota

How did little big horn go. GREAT for native americans

I have waited a while to say this but the Lakota (Sioux) are the most violent. Apache and Comanche are possibly part of the "Na Dane" culture, Asian-Central Siberians who migrated here in the last 4000-6000 years. While Comanche and perhaps Navajo peoples were ruthless and functionally imperialistic, the Lakota were "savage". Not unlike the plains war tribe in Game of Thrones (the Dothraki). Tales of horrific rituals, sacrifices and brutality is known about the Lakota, who terrified many peoples around them (the White Man was drown in under the assumption his people would defeat the Lakota). I believe they are the most violent and the most historically menacing.

Crazy horses army was the best Indian army

Only ones to defeat US Army! EVER

4 Cherokee

To all the people who are bragging about being Cherokee it's obvious your white because in the native world the Cherokee were cowards who gave in to the settlers and rolled over for them not only that but betrayed each other it's not a good thing to be going around Bragging to be Cherokee

My great grandmother Grace was full blooded Cherokee Indian and I couldn't be more proud to say that I am part Cherokee. Thanks to her I bear not only her name but her physical features as well.

One of the largest Native American tribes

I am with a beautiful woman at 46 years of age and I love her a lot. She is 26 % Cherokee but as mean as the devil and then some.

5 Dakota

I came from the Dakota tribe and I use to live in Montana. They were mean to me I think these guys are the most deadliest in the world! And I mean it.

These guys are so cool

The tribe I learned a bout is the Dakota and they are not deadly

Bet you never meet a comanche

6 Zuni

By far the best tribe in the world.

My boyfriend is Zuni and his a very mean person, but still I I'm love with this NATIVE.

Very informative... not

Gabriel's tribe

7 Chippewa

Chippewa just as tough as any, and had to get through northern winters in Minnesota!

Little Shell Chippewa Woman from Montana, why are the government afraid over two hundred years later. They still keep us in internment camps! Are you still afraid White English? I just don't like to be classified with Blood proof like dogs and horses! We are not cannabils, that was not sacred, (although most everything went in battle)(in Vietnam they strung ears on necklaces, the US soldiers) we had creative skills, wagons, designs, horse handlers, beautiful designs in beads, children's teachings, medicine teachings, you forget are we so different? Not so...

Couching county represent we also fought at old fort to secure the land from the Americans helping the British they won because of are land knowledge and toughness

Team Chippewa

8 Omaha

We once had a chief poison an entire army for questioning his commands. He also scalped them.
We scalped a lot of people.

"A'ight is not a word. Are you black? "... It's not word, but you correctly corrected the spelling, apostrophe included... And then you HAD to just include race. Sounds like either white guy or a house squaw... Way to conform, if you ARE native... Smh while lol@u

Steak for days!

A'ight is not a word are you black

9 Iroquois

Not to counter or belittle any opinions stated here, but the Iroquois confederacy, or league, was a union of 5, then 6 tribes, that dominated the upper Norteastern portion of what would become the United States for at least 2 centuries before the onset of early white settlers encroaching. The tribes included in this league were the Cayuga, the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga and the Seneca. In 1722, the Tuscarora joined this league, and thus it became known as the Six Nations. There can be no doubt, or serious argument made for that matter, that this league was truly feared like no other at the time of the White mans early expansion West, Many tribes surrounding this league simply complied, and cowered, to every demand made by the Iroquois. The early White Americans found their ability to wage war far in advance of the surrounding Native Americans. Certainly their advanced political structure was also a great advantage for them. In not sure that this Confederacy counts as a tribe, ...more

Still one of the biggest Nations, despite earlier contact with whites. Their tomahawk is still used in the military. Integrated defeated Nations into their own to compensate with constant warfare. We're the British peoples in America and Canada's best weapon against the French and the Americans. Even in modern times, they resisted in the oka crisis.

Seriously? The Iroquois ruled an empire that stretched from New York State down to Virginia and West to Illinois. They forcibly moved several tribes (including the Dakota, Osage and Shawnee) westward and our ot their original homelands. Not to mention the total annihilation of the Huron, Neutral, Erie and Tobacco nations.

There was no nation of Native Americans that were more feared or respected than the People of the Longhouse.

Strong, well organized and determined!

10 Ottawa

True OHIO tribe here. People seem to forget that they lived in the East. Ohio was in fact eh biggest native American state till they were pushed out west. The ottowa were fierce, yet the still managed to get pushed out. The Wyandot managed to stay longer though. They hid in the forests and tried to fight to stay. Nothing worked. There are currently no native American tribes in ohio. Speaking of no tribes, no animals either. When the Indians were pushed away, the animals followed.

People often forget that Native Americans originated from the east in states such as Ohio and Virginia. They became fiercer as they moved west because the were done giving up what was rightfully theirs to greedy settlers.

The Odawa not Ottawa people were true badasses, in November they would travel up to 4000 miles by birch bark canoe through Lake Michigan, Huron then down the Saint Lawrence Sea Way and enemy Iraquois territory to reach Montreal to fight with, not for the French. These are a true forgotten people in American History for having twice fought in losing efforts first with the French then the British but they were no losers. History deems them barbarians but they were more than that, they were a noble people who were known as traders and craftsman with there own written history on birch scroll's.

Odawa warriors were the ninjas of the Midwest they were part of the larger Ojibwe, Potawatamee clan because of there alliance and close bond they were a true force to be reckoned with, but more importantly they were trusted by both the French and Great Lake tribes as middlemen for trade, when to fight and when not too. People have forgotten the importance of these peoples and region in establishing the first real economy in the New World ( The Fur Trade ). I am sick of the Modern Historians failure to include these groups in there programs of Native people's they deserve better.

The Contenders

11 Blackfeet

God's children keep him #1 priority in our life's. Real warrior's provide for food, clothing and shelter for his family and all our relations. We keep God, the creator of this universe our #1 priority each and ever day, and he provides for all our needs for eternity!

I am of Blackfoot Descent, and personally, after doing loads of research on my Great-Grandmother's family, I have discovered that many other tribes were afraid of the blackfoot tribes.

I too, am Blackfoot decent. My Grandmother on my Fathers side was a Blackfoot. I do have a temper and find it hard to forgive, I find myself not afraid of anything will tackle anything.

Even other Indians feared Blackfoot country.

12 Mohawk

We use to rip people's beating hearts out then eat it as a way to gain their bravery in battle. We use to torture people in horrible ways, and force them to dance with us while we tortured them horribly. We would lock people in villages in war, then we'd burn down the buildings with hundreds of people inside of them. We also made over 12 native tribes extinct, we fought until there was basically none of us left surviving. There's a lot more

I'm Cherokee. Not scared at all Mohawk were cowards

I'm mohawk and yeah we are very aggressive even to eachother, we don't care if we hurt someone because nothing hurts us lmao.

We are a proud people, we fear nothing

13 Sioux

General Custard? I guess his lieutenant was Colonel Mustard and the 7th cavalry was also defeated in the library with the lead pipe? Seriously, have some ethos before chiming in on you have no real knowledge about.

It is General Custer to you, not custard. What are you a product of riding the short bus to school?

"The Sioux Indians were one of the most feared Indians. When they went to war they always won especially when they went to war with General Custard. They literally slaughtered and ripped apart Custard's body."

The tribe that fought hardest to keep its independence and the biggest tribe

14 Crow

There is no doubt the Crows were among the fiercest on the Plains/Yellowstone regions. Excellent horsemen, horse raiders, great hunters, epic warriors and iconic Chiefs. They were also among the most wealthiest in terms of horse numbers. Fought every tribe on all sides to defend their hunting grounds, homelands with little to no "alliances" unlike the Lakota. And they are still the best today.

Harsh climate and would kill white men or other Indians just because.

The Crow Tribe had the strongest and scariest Warriors in Montana, they would win battles without even having an army but when they did have an army, they'd easily defeat their enemies.

Love the Crow. This is my favorite tribe

15 Cheyenne

The Cheyenne were amongst the most warlike and fearsome tribes of the plains, and they freely moved around vast areas of land. Based on the amount of fear they imposed on both settlers and other tribes as well, they've gotta be in the conversation for 'toughest tribe around.'

Staked themselves to the ground. Fought to the death. And killed any other tribe that relied on white man settlements, which was every tribe at the time. The Cheyenne (Tsistsistas) is the bravest and last warrior society to fight the U.S Army. They had war parties and raids that ran from Texas to Montana. They took warriors from every plains tribe to join their society or die. The Dog men never signed a treaty.

The woman would eat the men if they left when in war and then came back!

Famous for screwing with the transcontinental railroads and the fur traders making them a feared foe

16 The Cree

Adapt well to other cultures, food, integration.

Jade? I know someone named jade.

Can survive in any harse deadly conditions
Can hunt I heart jade she is so cool!

Best tribe

17 Seminole

More men,money and resources where used trying to subjugate the Seminoles than any other tribe. Those who remained in Florida are the only unconquered tribe!

Seminoles were the only tribe to not be conquered and/or relocated. This tribe fought the US the hardest; they won five out of eight engagements with the US Army having been the only people to defeat Zachary Tailor in combat.

This list is bogus if the seminoles stay down at number 20 (where it was when I voted) If all the natives were as tough as the seminoles the europeans would never have been able to found colonies.

The Seminole gave the army fit's and fought hard,chief Osceola remains the only chief to never formally surrender and was never captured

18 Kiowa

An ally of the dreaded Comanche, the Kiowa were usually at war with anyone the Comanche went to war with, including the US Army

Kiowa are by far the boldest, most fierce, undefeating warriors ever.

Pound for pond, of all the tribes, the most vicious.

They were the ones who started taking pelts off white men. (Scalps) true story. Also the kiowa are a part of a band trillogy called the K. C A. Made up of kiowa, comanche, apache. And for this became immovable and their home of south Oklahoma and Texas became no mans land and home to outlaws and Indians And no place for polite white folk. Raymond Kaulaity of the kiowa tribe.

19 Nez Perce

The Nez Perce were a smaller tribe than many of those in consideration. However, Chief Joseph led them on the most historically successful insurrection against the US Government (besides Little Big Horn). Their traditions didn't involve as much warfare as some other tribes, but the skill of the Nez Perce warrior was revered by everyone from Sitting Bull to Gen. William T Sherman (two men that knew a thing or two about skilled fighters).

I am 1/8 Nez Perce and grew up on a ranch breading Appaloosas, carrying on the tradition.

Brilliant horsemen as well, founders of the Appaloosa bloodlines

Famous generals and warriors revered for their skill in battle

20 Navajo

Trying to get some information just found out that my ancestors were Navajo Indians wondering if they were the meanest and deadliest Indian tribe or they were, for me I have a real bad temper and I wonder if that affiliates with my ancestors being Navajo Indians

They aren't dangerous but they are the drunkest and laziest. They screw friends and family for anything but more so if it has alcohol in it

I'm Navajo. I work 60 hours a week to support my family. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs. That blows the commentator's blast about drunkest and laziest tribe out of the water.

I am a Native Northern or Southern America Indian by 4/4 blood Dene, it matters not to me! but what matter is how we present our identity and the choices we make. it's not your fancy clothes or how much money you have, its how you change the lives of others. To Give, help, teach and truely find the authenticity value by searching your soul for who you really are, find that character. Sure my father (USMC) and his forefathers were fierce warriors, Our family served and surely there's going to be more that will step foreward for our freedom. Your sense of diginity and self respect combine with significance faith is unlimited! We are all native family. thank you, Brothers and Sisters.

21 Pawnee

Traitors to other Indians

I am a white man from England, and I would like to say sorry on behalf of all the white race for everything my race did to your race. What happened in your lands was completely unfair and I wish history was different. I don't no much about all the different tribes but surely it does not matter who's tribe was better because you all must have a common ancester? Therefor you are all just one big super tribe if you stripped everything else away, your all Native Americans and ancestores of a great warrior nation. God bless you all friends

Name should tell it all

The revenant

22 Aztecs

Seriously... THE empire before Europeans got here! And that was for a reason. Their Capitol was bigger than London and Paris at the time, healthier and actually more advanced in some areas.

They should be #1

I think they are deadly considering they ate people at rituals and performed cannibalism

Technically, the aztecs only ate the hearts, and if you go to ancient aztecs, they would have had to eat 28 people per day, on average, in order to fulfill the required sacrafices. So, not that scary.

23 Chickasaw

The chickasaw tribe was regarded as one of the most deadliest tribe, according to some or most of the tribes even here! They fought, and won all of their battles, and even wiped out full tribes! this shows how dangerous and ruthless they are, and how they are the best out of all of these. I'm a chickasaw heritage, and I want to explored a lot more about it

I learn ah bit Of history about Chickasaw Tribe. During the French and Indian War, the English nickname us the Spartan of the Southeast. Everyday I am honored and grateful to be Chickasaw

They were always at war and lived in fortified towns when at war to be better defended. I'm 1/4 Chickasaw and proud of it.

I love the Chickasaw Nation. ( I am part of you.)

24 Shawnee

Tecumseh, Cornstalk, Blue Jacket are some of their more famous leaders. Look through American History and search for the battle between Indians and white's and the battle that the most American soldiers was killed in was with the Shawnee's and some of their confederate tribes. General St. Clair's defeat was the most severe loss ever inflicted upon an American army by Native Americans. The American casualty rate was 69%, based on the deaths of 632 of the 920 soldiers and officers, with 264 wounded. Nearly all of the 200 unarmed camp followers were slaughtered, for a total of about 832 deaths "the highest United States losses in any of its battles with Native Americans. They fought against white expansion along the Ohio River for longer than any other tribe managed to.

In the Ohio River country, these warriors were supreme. Their government was organized, their leaders respected, even the great Iroquois league choose to let them be rather than fight them. They were the main roadblock of western expansion of the time. Study the dark and bloody river's (Ohio) history and you will find some of the most devastation to enemies, both red and white, of any time in the young nation's history.

I find it truly amazing that the shawnee are placed 23!?!? The shawnee ranged from Florida to Illinois and from Pennsylvania to the Mississippi! Not living south of the ohio, but were feared by all the tribes.

The Shawnee were the mercenaries of the Eastern tribes of the 18th century... fighting others' wars along the way. They were never defeated by another tribe. The Miami's gave the Shawnee most of Ohio to
serve as a buffer between them and the Iroquois.

It is a joke that the Shawnee are not number one on this list, and a travesty they are number 24.

25 Kickapoo

The Kickapoo had the highest kill ratio of whites killed to Kickapoo killed... by that measure they were the most lethal tribe in North America.

Take into consideration that the Mexican government granted the Kickapoo land along the border near Texas and New Mexico to thwart raids from Apache, Comanches, and Texans. Yes, the anglo Texans regularly raided into Mexico.

The Kickapoo were incredibly effective in this capacity.

What a bad name like that. When they're in battle do they say that they've "Kicked the Poo".

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