Project: Native Americans

Categories: First Peoples Project | Native Americans | Native Americans Project | North American First Peoples

Native Americans Project
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The Native Americans Project, as named, covers the lower 48 states of the current United States plus Alaska.

About the name of the project. We recognize that this term ("Native American") is not accepted by all people descended from the original peoples of what is now the United States. We had initially called the project "American Indians," but had so many complaints that we changed it to its current name. See this old discussion thread. Respecting that no one term will ever be acceptable to all, members of the project and others using WikiTree are encouraged to use the terminology that is most appropriate to their identity or culture.

The time frame covered by this project includes pre-colonial times through the present. The mission of the project is to add and improve profiles of the first peoples of the land now bounded by the United States. Project members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, removing incorrect information and offering research assistance as needed. The project has a number of Teams, according to tribe or nation, event or other area of historical or cultural interest.

Please Note:

  • If you are working on a profile of someone who is Native American or has Native American ancestors, and would like to do so, please add the Native American Sticker to the appropriate profile.
  • Please do not add the Native Americans project box to profiles. This is reserved for profiles that are project protected and being managed by the project. Thank you.



It is our desire to leave a lasting legacy of work for future generations and current researchers that can facilitate their quest for family history. Activities in support of this goal include:

  • All duplicates should be merged
  • Appropriate categories should be added
  • Biographies should be written using the WikiTree Style Guide.
  • Identify and appropriately mark profiles that may be mythical or fictional in nature.
  • Track edits to profiles managed or watched by the project through the Native Americans Project Activity Feed
  • Track and respond to questions posted to the G2G discussion forum that are marked with the native_americans tag

How to Join and Get Involved

We now ask everyone who wants to join the project to meet the following requirements before they request to join:
* be an honor-code-signing member of WikiTree for at least 30 days
* make at least 100 contributions to WikiTree profiles
* successfully complete the Pre-1700 Quiz
* share a profile you've created or edited that demonstrates your understanding of Wikitree editing generally, and NA guidelines, research and sourcing.
* find a Natives Americans Project Team you'd like to join.

See what other members of the project are up to: Member Contributions Page,

For more information see our

Have more questions? Contact project Leader Sarah Mason.

Project Boxes

Project boxes are intended for Project Profile Management, as in Native Americans Project Profile would manage (along with existing profile managers) any profile needing Project Protection and Project Box. All other profiles will have the Project Sticker.

Read more on Project Managed Profiles here.

Project Box will be added to profiles by Project Leaders and Coordinators. If you are Profile Manager for a profile you feel needs Project Protection, please contact:

Leaders =Sarah Mason

Project Sticker

On profiles not requiring project protection, please use the Sticker template. This should be placed below the Biography header).

Sample usage:

{{Native American Sticker|tribe=Ojibway}}


... ... ... was a Native American and member of the Ojibway tribe.

Project Guidelines

Name Fields Guidelines

WikiTree's underlying technology requires an entry in the "Last Name at Birth" field. It is the policy of WikiTree's Native Americans project to use this field to record the tribe or nation name for those individuals born before the introduction of surnames. For example, Pocahontas was a member of the Powhatan people. Her profile is Powhatan-3.

Reliable Sources

We are in the process of creating a list of Native Americans Project Reliable Sources. This is a work in process. If you have any sources you can add, please let us know. It is advised that you check here for information on adding sources to profiles you are editing.

Oral Tradition: WikiTree places a strong emphasis on Sources, especially for vital statistics and relationships. We realize that this emphasis sometimes conflicts with oral tradition often associated with Native American ancestry. We try to reflect oral tradition in the narrative while at the same time following WikiTree's standards for sourcing when it comes to relationships and vitals.

DNA: Regarding DNA and Native Americans, WikiTree's Native Americans project follows the expertise of Roberta Estes. You can find out more about her work (including DNA testing sites she recommends) here. See also this particular article.

Profile Editing Standards

  • Treat other WikiTree users with courtesy, especially when dealing with questionable or inaccurate information.
  • Add sources!
  • Ensure that all profile data, including dates, locations, and relationships follows an approved source. When in doubt, discuss on G2G.
  • Move disputed information out of official profile data fields into a separate section of the biography.

Sample Profiles of Native Americans

Red Bullet Sitting Bull - was a Hunkpapa Lakota holy man, who led his people as a tribal chief during years of resistance to United States government policies.
Red Bullet Red Cloud - was a war leader and a chief of the Oglala Lakota. He was chief from 1868 to 1909. He led a successful campaign in 1866–1868 known as Red Cloud's War over control of the Powder River Country in northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana.
Red Bullet Rain in the Face - was a warchief of the Lakota tribe of Native Americans. He was one of the Indian leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer, and the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876 .
Red Bullet Geronimo - Geronimo was a leader of the Bedonkohe Apache.He led his people against the military of the United States during the Apache Wars.
Red Bullet Luis - was one of two Miwok American Indians who were guides for the infamous Donner Party in 1846. They were both shot and killed for food.
Red Bullet Joseph Nez Perce - was known as Chief Joseph ,he is remembered for his resistance to the U.S. Government's attempts to force his tribe onto reservations. After months of fighting and forced marches, many of the Nez Perce were sent to a reservation in what is now Oklahoma, where many died from malaria and starvation.
Red Bullet Sacagawea - was a Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, between 1804 and 1806.
Red Bullet Salvador - was one of two Miwok American Indians who were guides for the infamous Donner Party in 1846. They were both shot and killed for food.
Red Bullet Sam Starr - was a Cherokee Indian ,he was the husband of the notorious American outlaw Belle Starr.He was a Horse thief,Outlaw,Gun fighter and Bootlegger

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