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By Kathleen Kuiper

Using horses has might be so much dramatically formed the lifestyle for local American tribes within the Plateau and Plains areas of North the USA, however the practices and traditions of either tradition components date again to a time lengthy ahead of Europeans ever touched American beaches, introducing their animals and customs to the continent’s indigenous peoples. This alluring quantity examines the historical past and cross-cultural interactions that got here to be linked to the peoples of the Plateau and the altering cost styles of the Plains peoples, in addition to the cultural, social, and religious practices that experience outlined the foremost tribes of every sector.

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The Klamath, in the northern sectors, were primarily fishers and hunters of waterfowl. The Modoc, in the southern sectors, were also fishers but relied more on gathering edible roots, seeds, and berries and on hunting various game. Both tribes are considered to be Plateau Indians, though they were influenced by neighbouring 41 7 American Indians of the Plateau and Plains 7 California Indians as well as those from the Northwest Coast and Great Basin. The two tribes were organized into what were essentially autonomous villages; each had its own leaders, shamans, and medicine men.

35 7 American Indians of the Plateau and Plains 7 The Nez Percé were finally surrounded in the Bear Paw mountains of Montana, within 40 miles (64 km) of the Canadian border. On October 5 Chief Joseph surrendered to Gen. Nelson A. Miles, delivering an eloquent speech that was long remembered: “Hear me, my chiefs; my heart is sick and sad. ” Chief Joseph and his band were sent at first to a barren reservation in Indian Territory (later Oklahoma). There many sickened and died. Not until 1885 were he and the remnants of his tribe allowed to go to a reservation in Washington—though still in exile from their valley.

The prosperity of Indian gaming operations depends to a great extent on location. Those near or in major urban areas can be very successful, while those in remote areas (where many reservations are located) tend to generate much less revenue. Although tribes with successful operations have been able to use gaming income to improve the general health, education, and cultural well-being of their members, many Indian casinos have not made significant profits. Thus, the success of some operations on some reservations cannot be generalized to all casinos or all reservations.

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