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.

Strong, and truly the best and the most fierce Indian tribe ever to exist

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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

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.

Their beasts!

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3 Lakota

How did little big horn go. GREAT for native americans

Crazy horses army was the best Indian army - sam8

Only ones to defeat US Army! EVER

Remember Gall, Sitting Bull's half brother (Hunkpapa) who had his entire family murdered by the 7th Calvary that hot day in June. Gall rode through the entire battle with a hatchet fuelled only by his anger and grief. Black Elk (Oglala) rode through the battle at 12 yrs. of age. Countless others. A people who would be pushed no further.

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4 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

My grandmother was a Cherokee Indian. My mother is adopted but I am still proud of my heritage even of it is not by blood but by love.

I'm proud that I'm Cherokee

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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

Bet you never meet a comanche

The Daota is so deadly!

6 Zuni

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

By far the best tribe in the world.

Very informative... not

Very nivce

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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...

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

They were the meanest tribe, at least that’s what I was told

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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.

Steak for days!

A'ight is not a word are you black

they ight

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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

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.

Strong, well organized and determined!

My money is on the Iroquois. They were smart to join forces and they were strong.

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10 Ottawa

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.

The most badass because they kill things

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.

Even other Indians feared Blackfoot country.

My grandmother on my mothers side is full blooded Blackfeet. I carry my Native American blood line with great pride and honor. I have been blessed with the honor of sitting down and having a conversation with the former Chief Long Standing Bear. He was a great man and would have made our forefathers proud of what he has done for our people today and how far they have come from the rickety shacks on the old reservations to the beauty of what they have now up near Yellow Stone. Never forget where we come from and that regardless of what any white man says, this is and will always be OUR LAND and OUR COUNTRY. “Ours” as in The American Indian, regardless of tribe.

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12 Mohawk

If you ever played Assassin's Creed. This is Connor's tribe

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

They slaughtered people without fear. They were known for the centurion hair cuts and stripe on the body. They butchered whole towns in the Mohawk Valley region of NY. They were not traveling beggars like the Cherokee. They stayed put and owned their lands.

We are a proud people, we fear nothing

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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.

"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."

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

It is my tribe

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14 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

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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.

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

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

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16 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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17 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


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18 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).

Awesome tribe I learned about them in class

Brilliant horsemen as well, founders of the Appaloosa bloodlines

Famous generals and warriors revered for their skill in battle

19 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.

Navajo's don't get drunk all that much. Where'd u get those facts? Wikipedia? Ha. I'm Navajo. Sup. I'm not lazy. I'm not sexual. Why don't you actually get to know one and then tell me your opinion Jerks!

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20 Pawnee

Traitors to other Indians

Name should tell it all

The revenant

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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21 Seminole

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.

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

The Seminoles are raw...Chief Osceola and his warriors will stomp any tribe!

Osceola was never a Chief.

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'm chikasaw, choctaw, and creek. My great grandfather told me stories that he was told of how tough the chikasaw were. They were the Spartans of the native american tribes. They way they trained there warriors. From boys to men.

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23 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.

Whites took many Shawnee scalps. The Shawnee sold white men scalps to the British in Detroit

Way underrated.

The Shawnee kidnapped, tortured, and killed the famous American explorer Jedidiah Smith's oldest son.

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24 Aztecs

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

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.

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.

They were dangerous

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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.

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

26 Micmac

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 Huron

Killed the grey hair the bastards


28 Taino

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
30 Ute

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 Atakapas

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

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 Karankawa

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

34 Sac and Fox
35 Inca
36 Miami

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

37 Lummi
38 Blood Tribe
39 Narragansett

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

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40 Abenakis

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.

41 Maya

This society has left us many interesting artifacts. Knowledge

The most spiritual and intelligent of all tribes.

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42 Muscogee

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.


43 Kumeyaay

The best way to solve is the kummeyaay


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.

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