Central and eastern Kentucky.
I O U X
Even though the French
were encroaching from the north, the English from the east, and
the Spanish from the south, by 1650 the Dhegiha had not yet experienced
"First Contact" nor had word of their existence sifted
to the outside world. Inevitably, this would have happened in
another 15 years...
However in 1653, the
Iroquoian Haudenosaunee Confederacy launched massive attacks
on neighbouring tribes all across modern day Ohio. Seeking to
preserve themselves, the Dhegiha Sioux, en masse, migrated down
the Ohio River in the mid-1650's and became the ancestors of
the Quapaw, Missouria, Ponca, Omaha, Kanza, and Osage tribes.
Kentucky Tourism Office: Although there were Native Americans
in Kentucky in prehistoric times, when explorers and settlers
began entering Kentucky in the mid-1700s, there were no permanent
Kentucky Indian tribes or Native American settlements in the
region. Instead of serving as a home for Kentucky Indian tribes,
the country was used as common hunting grounds by Shawnees from
the north and Cherokees from the south. The Iroquois also claimed
their possession until 1768, though did not occupy them.
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