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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Omaha Indians, (search)
Omaha Indians, A tribe of Indians of the Dakota family. They are represented in Marquette's map in 1673. They were divided into clans, and cultivated corn and beans. One of their customs was to prohibit a man from speaking to his fatherin-law and mother-in-law. They were reduced, about the year 1800, by small-pox, from a population capable of sending out 700 warriors to about 300. They then burned their villages and became wanderers. They were then relentlessly pursued by the Sioux. They had increased in number, when Lewis and Clarke found them on the Quicoure in 1805, to about 600. They have from time to time ceded lands to the United States, and since 1855 have been settled, and have devoted themselves exclusively to agriculture. In 1899 they numbered 1,202, and were settled on the Omaha and Winnebago agency, in Nebraska.