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" Did You Know? According to the 1990 U.S. Census, the 10 states with the largest Native American populations are:

1) Oklahoma 252,089
2) California 236,078
3) Arizona 203,009
4) New Mexico 134,097
5) North Carolina 79,825
6) Washington 77,627
7) Texas 64,349
8) New York 60,855
9) Michigan 56,131
10) South Dakota 50,501

" Did You Know? According to the 1990 U.S. Census, the 10 largest Native American tribes in North America are:

1) Cherokee 308,132
2) Navajo 219,198
3) Chippewa 103,826
4) Sioux 103,255
5) Choctaw 82,299
 6) Pueblo 52,939
7) Apache' 50,051
8) Iroquois 49,038
9) Lumbee 48,444
10) Creek 43,550

" Did You Know? The origin of the names of 28 of the United States of America was derived from Native American words and/or tribes? They are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware*, Hawaii, Idaho**, Illinois***, Indiana**** Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma*****, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

* Name given to Lenni-Lenape tribe. **Disputed origin-possibly Kiowa term.
***French word for Illini tribe. ****English coined term means "land of indians". *****Choctaw-coined term means "Red People."

Source: John Spirit Wolf Lemon
Advisory Council Member
Cherokee/Powhatan
(2003)