Top 10 Deadliest Native American Tribes

The Top Ten
1 Comanche

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 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 and others included on this list, lending validity, in my humble opinion, to this list.

2 Apache

I'm very interested in learning about my heritage. I've heard some crazy stories about the tribes. Definitely the most dangerous group out there.

It is sad cause now us modern day Americans now feel and see how life was for the various Indian tribes as they had their lands woman and children and their lives taken from them... We as Americans are watching it unfold again. As the strip farmers lands and ranch lands from families. We to will see the day of destruction over come us just like the Native American Indian tribes did. So I apologies for the pain the loss and the depth of the anguish both the great past generations felt and also for what my younger generations will feel and go through as America is transformed once again. Everything has it's course. But we must learn to respect the land love the land and become one with the creator of all. I can't help but feel that the way I feel in 2016 in March is the same pain and anguish. The same since of loss and watch hope walk away for the future of my kids and grand and great grand kids. Just as generations before me great warriors were forced to watch everything change as new men came in and changed the land and the people. We to as modern Americans will lose our land our freedom for sons and our daughters. As well as the brokenness in our hearts will final take our lives. And yet life will go on as if nothing ever changed but for those of us who know hearts will break. I'm sorry to all the generations of Sioux, Kiowa, Pawnee and all the Native warriors and families we now know the pain and hurt that deeply impacted your lives families and heart. I'm sorry for your loss I pray. You will forgive the white men that came before me. Hundreds of years ago. Live free and fly like the birds my brothers and sisters there's not much more time before the creator takes all his creation back because we have destroyed it. Heavy hearted Anthony. please pray we are as brave as those before our time..

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.

4 Cherokee

I've been told that I'm one tenth Cherokee, that my great great mother was full blooded. For some ungodly reason my family doesn't talk about our Indian Heritage and that's so sad to me! I want to know more all I can about my Cherokee Heritage, I'm very proud to be Cherokee! My husband is Choctaw

I am a Cherokee princess... I was kidnapped by white folks and what they called adopted into their family along with my half brother.. because of them I no longer remember my native language fluently. I miss my family.

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.

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

I'm just doing research

6 Blackfeet

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.

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!

7 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, but after seeing other Confederacies mentioned earlier on this list, I will assume that they do fall under that category. That being said, there is no doubt in my mind, and I think maybe anyone who lived east of the Missisippi river between 1600-1775 that this was unquestionably the fiercest "Tribe" not only for that era, but In any historical perspective. If not for infighting between the member tribes and split loyalties to the French and English factions dividing them, it is highly doubtful that any White army in the years mentioned above could have had ANY chance of defeating this powerful league. They truly were feared and the mere mention of their name caused many adjacent tribes, and whites to blanche in fear. Now, it certainly can be argued that they would have stood no chance against the great horse cultures of the Plains, but the opposite is also true. The Plains tribes would stand no chance in the "guerilla" warfare tactics in use at the the time in the East, so I think much... more

8 Chippewa

The Ojibwa beat the Iroquois and ran the Sioux out of their homeland and occupied more land than any other tribe ever has from Manitoba to Indiana and took over smaller tribes on their pursuit west. I still don't know any other tribe to do this and still be known as a peaceful tribe. I am a 4th generation descendant of cuthbert grant jr. Who lead the battle of seven oaks or the massacre of seven oaks. Which was a result of the massacre of a small camp of women, children and the elderly. The survivors made their way to cuthberts camp, he lead his 3000 men into battle and killed everyone of those men. The Ojibwa rarely lost a battle. It just baffles me that their not 3rd. How are we after the Sioux/Dakota we beat them my band is literally from North Dakota. Also how is Cherokee even on this list.

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...

9 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

10 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

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.

Go tell the Warriors they wear will not get the first word out before they decorate you for Creator...with a Red Necklace!

The Contenders
11 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.

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.

"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."

12 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!

13 Cheyenne

The Cheyenne were a very powerful tribe that dominated much of the Midwest all the way up to the Canadian border. They could not beat the Sioux when it came to tribal wars but were right by the Sioux's side at the battle of Little Big Horn. Everyone knows what happened to Custer and his men. Game Over...

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 Dakota, Lakota and Sioux are One Tribe. Called by different names according to their location. Sioux is what the French fur traders called the Sioux but they never referred to themselves as that. I'm surprised no-one has caught that. So to be fair all their votes should be combined

14 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.

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.

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.

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

16 The Cree

The Iron Nations, with the Assiniboine and Saulteaux, controlled the Northern Plains and moved the Blackfoot, Shoshone, Nez Perce, Snake and other tribes out of present day Manitoba and SK. they controlled the northern woodlands and waterways from Quebec to Alberta. Traders and warriors both,

Adapt well to other cultures, food, integration.

Jade? I know someone named jade.

17 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.

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.

They are nothing to mess with. They will torture you, kill you, they just don't care. they scared everyone in Florida. They are just a tribe to never mess with.

18 Kiowa

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.

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

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

19 Navajo

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.

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20 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

21 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.

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.

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

22 Chickasaw

My mom 1/2 Indigenous Native and 1/2 negro, and my dad caucasian. My mother was something to be reckon with. I don't know if she was full of sin and hate or just bitter because of her mixture. Even though we are called the Spartans of Mississippi, this anger can ruin you. For being Chickasha nation is a beautiful heritage, but having a root of bitterness can ruin you faster. Seek Ababanili(Father in heaven) and he will heal all your wounds and give you a forgiving heart.

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

23 Shawnee

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.

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.

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

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.

25 Sac and Fox

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

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