Hidatsa of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,500

ROP3 Code: 103763
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Hidatsa - (hid)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Parshall, ND - 1,500

They are dispersed both on and off the Fort Berthold Reservation. In 2014 they purchased land near Stanton, North Dakota, read more.

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Brief Profile

The Hidatsa, which means "People of the Willows", are a Siouan people of the federally recognized Three Affiliated Tribes residing on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Around one half of the population of Hidatsa reside on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Historically, they were organized into matrilineal clans. Within each village these clans functioned as corporate groups that controlled land, arranged marriages, sponsored ceremonies and ritual feasts, and generally served to integrate the population. Depopulation, intermarriage with other tribes and with whites, and forced acculturation resulted in a breakdown of the clan system.

Their language is closely related to that of the Crow, and they are sometimes considered a parent tribe to the modern Crow in Montana. The Hidatsa people still speak Hidatsa, see Language Project.

Many Hidatsas converted to various denominations of Christianity, some have retained portions of their traditional beliefs and practices.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will send evangelical Christians who will share a contextualized Gospel message.
  • Pray for God will provide for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual felt needs of the Hidatsa.


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