As of 2015, a good location to find a comprehensive list of Native American tribes in North America is the Legends of America site. The list on this site provide the names of active and inactive tribes.
Legends of America offers a simple to use alphabetical tribe list. Users can click on many tribe names to obtain further information about the history of each tribe and details of the people.
Another good site that contains an extensive list of tribe names in America is Native Languages. The tribe names on this site are also categorized alphabetically. The site is specifically tailored to the languages spoken by each tribe and the preservation of these languages. Native Language contains a list of over 1,000 Native American tribes in the Western Hemisphere.
Native Language provides valuable Native American resources. Users can find a variety of resources on the site, including vocabulary lists for specific tribes, geographical tribal maps, information on tribal traditions and mythology and Native American terminology. The site additionally provides educational resources for children.
The first contact with Native Americans by Europeans began in the 15th century along the Gulf coast. The Spanish were among the first to make contact with the indigenous people and document their encounters.