Top 10 Deadliest Native American Tribes

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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.

I'm not surprised to read the Comanche story here. The very word Comanche has always given me the chills, even as I'm writing this. My own ancestors had run-ins with Chief Joseph and other tribes, but nothing terrifies me like that word. I met an elderly native woman who told me she was Kiowa-Comanche, and I about ran for my life. Who knows!

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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

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

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.

Ancestors feared these men

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3 Lakota

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.

The Lakota Defeated the army not once but TWICE! Comanche natives are famous only because they ran around down In Texas. The Lakota or The Sioux was not afraid of death, they kept fighting with bravery. The American Flag was taken by this tribe. Not anyone could just do that.

The Lakota were, hands down, the most fierce American Indians.

First aggressive tribe

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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

I am 1/120 Cherokee and I am fierce! Fear my people!

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.

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.

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5 Dakota

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

I’m just doing research

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

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6 Zuni

I just love native women, hmu

Very informative... not

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.

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7 Chippewa

Ojibwe/Chippewa, along with the other bands of tribes they absorbed, were absolutely the fiercest warriors prior to European contact. Join us or die. They killed. They enslaved. They were highly adaptable to any environment. They swept other tribes into the Pacific Ocean. They scalped. They cannibalized. They were very successful in the fur trade, which meant, they had guns! Huge populations spread out, but joined together in force. They created & revolutionized many game-changing ideas, which strategically strengthened their forces, such as shoes with hard soles, and birch bark canoes - which could maneuver faster than the other types. They had it all, and never succumbed to the Europeans. They did, what they decided to do, as evidenced by effectively having signed the most treaties out of any other tribe. The total number is 51. We Are The Baddest.

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...

I think they were the most deadly I
mean they strung ears on necklaces

Why are we seventh we controlled most land, we won the Iroquois wars and we drove out the Dakota. We are warriors at heart.

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8 Omaha

"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

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

Steak for days!

A'ight is not a word are you black

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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

Most fierce of all!

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.

toughest

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10 Ottawa

I like the deadly stuff homie

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.

My ancestor Charles de Langlande was the baddest of the bad had the French Commanders listened to him Michigan might still be in French control. He bested Rogers Rangers, Braddock with Washington, and many others when allowed to fight the Odawa way.

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The Contenders

11 Blackfeet

I am 1/4 blackfoot and I wouldn't mess with me...

I am a Blackfoot but only 1/4 of me is

I am also a decent from my dads side

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!

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12 Mohawk

My great grand father was part Comanche.

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.

Mohawk means cannibal

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

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13 Sioux

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

General custard. That just made my day. Thanks for giving me a laugh. - reviewer321

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.

They didn't rip his body apart just for the sake of it. I believe it had to do with crippling them in the afterlife so their spirit couldn't seek revenge. If anyone knows more about that please educate me.

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14 Cheyenne

Awesome tribe.

Top dogs for me

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.'

They Cheyenne Dog Warriors were the fearcest Commandos there ever was.!.

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15 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

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16 The Cree

Jade? I know someone named jade.

Adapt well to other cultures, food, integration.

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

Best tribe

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17 Seminole

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.

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.

Osceola was approximately 75% European...

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

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18 Nez Perce

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

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).

Famous generals and warriors revered for their skill in battle

Brilliant horsemen as well, founders of the Appaloosa bloodlines

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19 Kiowa

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.

suck a lip

death

20 Navajo

The best!

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.

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21 Pawnee

Pawnee is the best!

WHY ISN'T THIS TRIBE NEAR THE TOP? THIS HAS SIOUX WRITTEN ALL OVER IT LOL

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

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22 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.)

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23 Aztecs

I mean... have you seen that Mel Gibson movie? way more messed up and aggressive than and other native movie I've seen

They should be #1

Crazy!

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.

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24 Shawnee

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.

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.

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25 Kickapoo

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.

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.

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

26 Micmac

I am part Micmac and would not like to battle my mirror image or other Micmac. Can be very fierce indeed. A very hardy people who could adapt and survive the elements, when even the Vikings could not.

The English feared the Mi'kmaq so much they offered bounties for their scalps. Man, women or child. They expelled the Acadians because of their close ties to Mi'kmaq by intermarriage and alliance.

The Mi'kmaq militias deployed effective resistance for over 75 years before treaties were created and the Burial of the Hatchet Ceremony took place (1761).

MiqMaq were a strong force to be reckoned with. My great grandfather was a full blood. I wish there were more of them still around. Long live the MiqMaq

27 Sac and Fox

My great grandfather was sac and fox and born on the Indian reservation

28 Taino

Well let's face it Columbus was indeed no hero at all but a greedy person and not the first person nor the first European to reach the America's

It is no surprise that the Tainos were the fierce tribe in the Caribbean including Jamaica and in fact they were also the second fierce tribe after the caribs that fought the Spanish and other invaders from entering the Americas.

I am from the Taino culture and search for Columbus was not the hero that the history books tray him to be but a tyrant and the other Europeans I came after him to the land of the Caribbean and I’ll culture even today continues to suffer

29 Hopi

The Hopi were and still are a very peaceful tribe. They've been bullied, ripped off and killed by other Indian tribes like the Navajo and Utes for hundreds of years.

30 Ute

Killed the Hopis

Most feared tribe of the inter mountain region. Utah Colorado area raids on neighbors

Badasses of the mountains. Greatly feared by my ancestors.

Experts on the horse

31 Huron

Magua! Awesome

Early contact with Champlain. The movie black robes. They were tough and played both sides too in French and Indian war, 100 years later.

Slaughtered the grey hairs family, gave no fudges.

Killed the grey hair the bastards

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32 Ojibwe

Ojibwe/Chippewa, along with the other bands of tribes they absorbed, were absolutely the fiercest warriors prior to European contact. Join us or die. They killed. They enslaved. They were highly adaptable to any environment. They swept other tribes into the Pacific Ocean. They scalped. They cannibalized. They were very successful in the fur trade, which meant, they had guns! Huge populations spread out, but joined together in force. They created & revolutionized many game-changing ideas, which strategically strengthened their forces, such as shoes with hard soles, and birch bark canoes - which could maneuver faster than the other types. They had it all, and never succumbed to the Europeans. They did, what they decided to do, as evidenced by effectively having signed the most treaties out of any other tribe. The total number is 51. We Are The Baddest.

Should be in the top ten

Wery good yez I am happy, much blood, young blood

33 Blood Tribe

Kid you are gay

The Blood Tribe is a reserve in the Blackfoot territory

Sounds dangerous

34 Karankawa

They stole children and ate them for a snack

Deadly cannibals not afraid of killing anyone in their way, not even their own...

I hope I spelled this right. they performed a lot of cannibalism

Cool I read a boock obowt native canabels

35 Inca
36 Abenakis

Magua from last of the Mohicans was from this tribe. Navy seals of Indian tribes hands down

Just a very tough tribe. They were scared of no one!

Even though the Mohawk tribe out numbered the Abenakis greatly, the Mohawks feared the crazy Abenaki warriors and would run from fights with them. The Abenaki word for Mohawk literally meant cowards that soil themselves. The Mohawks often called the Abenakis cannibals (although there is no evidence that they were) and the small Abenaki tribes earned a reputation of being the most clever and crazy natives around.

37 Muscogee

Best tribe ever

Just ask the genecidist Andrew Jackson which tribe he and his army feared the most. Oh yea, he's in he'll so can't answer.

Go Jackson

Cool

38 Shoshone

I'm Shoshone Pyute, less than a quarter but I have Shone blood going through my veins. I don't know much about us... Just that we are from the Nevada area...

Yes

39 Atakapas

The great appache tribe was angry (for good reason) and fought a good fight.

40 Maya

The first and one of only a handful of tribes with their own written language. Amazing art and architecture.

This society has left us many interesting artifacts. Knowledge

The most spiritual and intelligent of all tribes.

Very intelligent

41 Miami Miami Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

Since when was there a native tribe called miami

The USA wolverine

Yes there was. The Miami tribed gave OHIO there name. They lived in Oklahoma. Look it up I googled it

42 Narragansett

A am narragansett and let me just tell you Narragansett would scalp enemy's and where their skin and hair

Don't forget bout the Tuttle clan

43 Kumeyaay

The best way to solve is the kummeyaay

Love

The kumeyaay were friendly people and were skilled at bow and arrows and ambushed the white cowards and had the most feared out with the other tribes. his name was ponto and he scared all white people cause he had the power to the spirits world.he use to jump off a cliff and turn into a eagle.the kumeyaay also fought in the Mexican and American war.

44 Lummi

The Lummi tribe last year took on billionaire Warren Buffet and a coalition of powerful corporations, and won. It was their fight that finally defeated the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal, an environmentally destructive venture that would have made a handful of people richer at the cost of land, sky, and water, including the Lummi's own fishing waters.

Okay, not a story about a tribe literally drawing blood literally, but in this day and age, more impressive.

45 Seneca

Agree

They were the deadliest because of there ways of torture to others.

They were feared by most people and were seen as a sidistic tribe. - ColtonKinnaman

46 Chinook
47 Coahuiltecans
48 Pequot

bad men...

49 Korubo
50 Wampanoag

Deadly first thanks giving

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