US Tribes K to M

Click on a letter of the alphabet to go to US Tribes starting with that letter. Where known, the official name is used. Linked tribal names go to their profile index page which will contain more links to sections of our site where you can find articles about that tribe and related tribes.


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KEY:(F)= Federally Recognized, (S)= State Recognized, (T)= Terminated, (U)= Unrecognized, (M)= Mesoamerican Civilizations,(P)= Petitioning for Recognition, (C)= Canadian Tribes, (E)= Extinct, (IRA)= Indian Reorganization Act
Inclusion on this site does NOT mean an endorsement has been made for recognition of any particular tribe. All entities claiming to be US indian tribes that we are aware of have been included for completeness. Where known, we have indicated official tribal status with our Key Chart, based on information released by the BIA as of May 2016. In many cases we have not verified the validity of the claim of tribal status, and leave it to your own common sense or further research to validate tribal claims.Alternate names in parenthesis are either older names that were once used to identify that tribe, or they are misspellings.Links to tribal profile pages are at the bottom of the page.
us tribes starting with K

Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington


Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria (California) (F)
Karuk Tribe (California)


Kaw Nation, Oklahoma


Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas (formerly the Texas Band of Traditional Kickapoo), Texas


Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma


Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation (Upper and Lower Chehalis, Klallam, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, and Quinault)
Lower Elwha Tribal Community (Klallam)
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (Klallam)
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (Klallam)
Scia’new First Nation (Becher Bay Indian Band or Beecher Bay Indian Band), (Becher Bay Indian Reserve No. 1, Becher Bay Indian Reserve No. 2, Fraser Island Indian Reserve No. 6, Lamb Island Indian Reserve No. 5, Long Neck Island Indian Reserve No. 9, Twin Island Indian Reserve No. 1, Village Island Indian Reserve No. 7, and Whale Island Indian Reserve No. 8), Vancouver Island, British Columbia


Klamath Tribes (below), Oregon (formerly the Klamath Indian Tribe of Oregon)
Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz Valley Reservation of California


Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation

Kumeyaay/Diegueño (Ipai/Tipai):

Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation (California)(F)
Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo Indian Reservation – See Campo Kumeyaay Nation
Capitan Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California (F)
Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueño Mission Indians of the Cuaypaipe Reservation (Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians)(California) (F)
Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation (California) (F)
Jamul Indian Villiage
La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Indian Reservation (California) (F)
Manzanita Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation (California) (F)
Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation (California) (F)
San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California (F) (California)
Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation (Iipay) (California) (F)
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation (F)
Viejas (Baron Long)Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation (California)(F)

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us tribes starting with L
Lake Superior Chippewa Tribes – See Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe – See Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Lenape – See Delaware

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians (F)
Pala Band of Luiseño Indians (F)
Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians (F)
Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians (F)
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians (F)
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians (F)
San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians (U)

Lower Lake Rancheria – See Koi Nation of Northern California
Lumbee Tribe

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina (S)

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us tribes starting with M

Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians (F)
Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California (F)
Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California (F)
Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria (F)
Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California (F)
Round Valley Reservation (F)
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract) (F)
Susanville Indian Rancheria (F)
United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria (F)
Honey Lake Maidu Tribe (U)
KonKow Valley Band of Maidu Indians (Koyom’kawi/Concow) (U)
Nevada City Rancheria (T)
Maidu Band of Strawberry Valley Rancheria (aka Strawberry Valley Rancheria or Strawberry Valley Band of Pakan’yani Maidu ) (T)
Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe of Taylorsville Rancheria (U)
United Maidu Nation (U)
Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria (T)
Ninsenan (U)


Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation, Washington

Meskwaki – See Sac & Fox

Miami Nation of Indiana (U)
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (F)


Abegweit First Nation (PE) (Canada)
Acadia (NS) (Canada)
Annapolis Valley (NS) (Canada)
Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians of Maine (F) (US)
Bear River First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Buctouche First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Burnt Church First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Chapel Island First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Eel Ground First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Eel River Bar First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Elsipogtog First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Eskasoni First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Fort Folly First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Glooscap First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Indian Brook First Nation (Canada)
Indian Island First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Lennox Island First Nation (PE) (Canada)
Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation (QC) (Canada)
Membertou First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (NB) (Canada)
Miawpukek First Nation (NL) (Canada)
Micmacs of Gesgapegiag (QC) (Canada)
Millbrook First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Nation Micmac de Gespeg (QC) (Canada)
Pabineau First Nation (NB) (Canada)
Paq’tnkek First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Pictou Landing First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Wagmatcook First Nation (NS) (Canada)
Waycobah First Nation (NS) (Canada)

Mille Lacs Band – See Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota (F)

Klamath Tribes
Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma

Mojave Tribe – See Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona, California, and Nevada
Miwok (Me-Wuk)

California Valley Miwok Tribe
Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California

Mixed-Blood Tribes

Beaver Creek Indians SC (S)


Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California
Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California
North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California
Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation

Muscogee (Creek)

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe (Texas) (F)
Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (Oklahoma) (F)
Kialegee Tribal Town (Oklahoma) (F)
Machis Lower Creek Indian Tribe (Alabama) (S)
Muscogee (Creek) Nation (Oklahoma)(F)
Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama (F)(S)
Star Clan of Muscogee Creeks (Alabama) (S)

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July 28, 2012

Who are the Muscogee Creek Nation?

Early ancestors of The Muscogee Creek Nation constructed magnificent earthen pyramids along the rivers of what is now the Southeastern United States as part of their elaborate ceremonial complexes. The Muscogee later built expansive towns within these same broad river valleys in the present states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

US Tribes K to M
July 12, 2012

The Karuk tribe is the second largest indigenous tribe in the state of California. Most Karuk people are enrolled in the Karuk Tribe; however, some are enrolled in the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, located in Humboldt County, California. The Quartz Valley Rancheria of Karok, Shasta, and Upper Klamath Indians is also a federally recognized tribal entity.

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Kaw Nation

July 12, 2012

The Kaw Nation is a federally recognized indian tribe in Oklahoma that were originally from the Midwest area that is now Kansas. The state of Kansas is named after this tribe.

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Kewa Pueblo

July 12, 2012

The Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo, is one of the best known tribes of the southwest, largely because of their skill in marketing their jewelry and other crafts. The Kewa Pueblo is fifth in population of the nineteen New Mexico pueblos, and is generally considered the most conservative in terms of customs and culture.  

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July 12, 2012

The Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas is a federally recognized tribe in the United States. The Kickapoo were once one of many Great Lakes Tribes that occupied the western portion of the woodland area in southern Michigan near Lake Erie until the Iroquois forced them out during the Iroquois War of 1641-1701.

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July 12, 2012

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas were originally an offshoot of the Shawnee tribe (“Kickapoo” is thought to be a corruption of a Shawnee word for “wanderers,”) but their language and customs have more in common with the neighboring Fox and Sauk.

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July 12, 2012

Although in some ways the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma displayed a typical Plains Indian culture, they had an effective and well organized military strategy and were thought to be one of the most warlike tribes. 

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Klamath Tribes

July 12, 2012

The Klamath Tribes include Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin, another band of Klamath erroneously believed to be a group of Paiute or Shoshone because they were designated the Yahooskin Band of Snake in the 1864 treaty. They all lived in the Klamath Basin of Oregon.

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July 12, 2012

La Jolla Indian Reservation is home to the Luiseno (Payomkawichum) people, and has been for at least the last 10,000 years. Today, there are about 700 La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians tribal members located in the foothills of the beautiful Palomar Mountains, on the banks of the San Luis Rey River, in the semi-wilderness now known as the La Jolla Indian Reservation.

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July 12, 2012

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is primarily associated with the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in Wisconsin. The Lake Superior Chippewa (Anishinaabe: Gichigamiwininiwag) were a large historical band of Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) Indians living around Lake Superior in what is now the northern parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

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July 12, 2012

The Little River Ottawa descend from members of certain Grand River Ottawa Bands who lived in villages located on the Manistee River, Pere Marquette River, and at several villages on the Grand River system in Michigan.

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July 12, 2012

The Lower Elwha Tribal Community is a federally recognized nation in Washington state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The tribe is part of the larger Klallam culture, one of the Coast Salish peoples.

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July 12, 2012

The federally recognized Lummi Nation is the third largest tribe in Washington State. The Lummi are the original inhabitants of Washington’s northernmost coast and southern British Columbia. For thousands of years, they have lived on the shores and waters of Puget Sound.

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July 12, 2012

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Achomawi, Nomlaki and Pomo Indians. The tribe was founded in 1937 by Bert Steele, who was one-quarter Achomawi and part Nomlaki, and his wife, a Pomo from Bodega Bay, when they successfully petitioned the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs for the right to build on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) plot north of Healdsburg, California north of Lytton Station Road after Steele’s home was destroyed in a flood. Along with his brother-in-law, John Myers, and his wife, Mary Myers Steele (both Pomo from Sonoma), he moved onto the land, which the government had set aside for Native Americans. This land became the Lytton Rancheria and the namesake for the tribe.

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July 12, 2012

The Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation are a federally recognized tribe of Makah Indians. Linguistically and ethnographically, they are closely related to the Nuu-chah-nulth and Ditidaht peoples of the West Coast of Vancouver Island, who live across the Strait of Juan de Fuca in British Columbia, Canada.

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July 12, 2012

The Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe is an Eastern Woodland people with traditional homelands in what is now known as Southeastern Connecticut. As the first native people within the borders of the continental United States to suffer an attempted genocide by Puritan Colonists in 1637, they have one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, established in 1666.

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July 12, 2012

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is is one of two federally recognized tribes of Wampanoag people in Massachusetts. They were one of the first tribes encountered by Europeans, but did not receive federal recognition as a tribe until 2007.

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July 12, 2012

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, or “wild rice people,” are a federally recognized Indian tribe who have lived in Wisconsin for millenia. They are the oldest Native American community that still lives there.

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July 12, 2012

The Mescalero Apache tribe formed a part of the Faraones and Vaqueros of different periods of the Spanish history of the southwest. Their principal range was between the Rio Grande and the Pecos River in New Mexico, but it extended also into the Staked plains and southward into Coahuila, Mexico.

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July 11, 2012

Who are the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe?

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is a federally recognized political union of six Ojibwe bands, including the Mille Lacs Band, Bois Forte Band, Fond du Lac Band, Grand Portage Band, Leech Lake Band, and White Earth Band. There are Ojibwe communities in both Canada and the United States. In Canada, they are the second-largest population among First Nations, surpassed only by the Cree. In the United States, they have the fourth-largest population among Native American tribes, surpassed only by the Navajo, Cherokee and Lakota.

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July 11, 2012

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was native to the Southeastern United States and members of the Muskogean linguistic family, which traces its roots to a mound-building, maize-based society that flourished in the Mississippi River Valley for more than a thousand years before European contact.  

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July 11, 2012

The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma territory was as much in present-day Oregon as in California.  Their language and customs were closely related to the Klamath people, who lived in Oregon, and some Modocs share another reservation with the Klamath people in Oregon.  The Modoc did, however, occupy a part of California that is today known as Modoc County. They also shared some customs with the Shasta to the west, and with the Achumawi to the south.

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July 11, 2012

When European settlers arrived in this region, the Mohegan and the Pequot were one tribe, living under the rule of Sassacus. Later Uncas, a subordinate chief, rebelled against Sassacus and assumed the leadership of a small group on the Thames River near Norwich. This group was known as the Mohegan. Today they are the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut.

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