Arikara Bands, Gens & Clans

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The Arikara were a loosely organized confederacy of sub-tribes, each of which had its separate village and distinctive name, few of which have been preserved.

Arikara Bands

The following names were noted during the middle of the 19th century:

  • Hachepiriinu (Young Dogs)
  • Hia (Band of Cree)
  • Hosukhaunu (Foolish Dogs) Given as an Arikara band under chief Sithauche about 1855, but properly a dance society.
  • Hosukhaunukare rihn or Hosukhaunukarerihu(Little Foolish Dogs) Given as an Arikara band under chief Tigaranish about 1855, but properly a dance society.
  • Sukhutit (Black Mouths)
  • Kaka (Band of Crows)
  • Okos (Band of Bulls)
  • Paushuk (Band of Cut-throats)
  • Foxes. An Arikara band. Culbertson in Smithson. Rep. 1850, 143, 1851.
  • Hachepiriinu (young dogs) A former Arikara band under chief Chinanitu, The Brother.
  • Hia (‘band of Cree’) .A former Arikara band under chief Cherenakuta, or Yellow Wolf.

Today, the Arikara are a part of the Three Affiliated Tribes, which include the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, located in New Town, North Dakota.