What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Lakota Tribe?

The Lakota are a tribe of Native Americans, also known as the Teton, who live in the Great Plains region of North America. Collectively, they make up a confederation of seven Sioux tribes. The Lakota even have their own language, also called Lakota, but nearly all tribe members also speak English.

“Lakota” actually translates in English to “the allies.” Another name for the tribe is the Dakota, or Nakota, which is just another way to pronounce the same word. Each tribe tends to pronounce “Lakota” differently, yet all identify as the same group of Native Americans. The Lakota currently live in the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Minnesota as of 2015.

The Lakota are agriculturalists and are one of the many natives known to build burial mounds. Early Lakota hunting centered around hunting buffalo by horseback after horses were introduced to them by neighboring Sioux Native Americans.

While the Lakota are made up of seven different tribes, the nation’s government consists of 13 political divisions. However, these divisions are more cultural as opposed to political. Each Lakota reservation has its own government and functions independently as a small country almost, with its own police force, government and citizenship, yet must still follow national laws.