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Arikara Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Caddoan branch of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock. Archaeological evidence shows that they occupied the banks of the upper Missouri River since at least the 14th cent. A semisedentary group, they lived in earth-covered lodges. In winter they hunted buffalo, returning to their villages for spring planting; the Arikara were influential in bringing agricultural knowledge from the Southwest to the prehistoric peoples of the upper Missouri River. They traded corn with hunting tribes in return for buffalo hides and meat, and they were active in bartering with early white traders, who frequently called them the Rees. They were closely associated with the Mandan and the Hidatsa; these three tribes now share the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. See D. J. Lehmer, Arikara Archaeology (1968); E. T. Denig, Five Indian Tribes of the Upper Missouri (1975).

Arikara Literature  - http://www.indians.org/welker/arikara.htm
Stories about the culture of the Arikara.

Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation  - http://www.mhanation.com/
Three affiliated tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota. History, administration and infrastructure, business council contacts and archives, pow wow schedule, links.