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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Assiniboin of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 5,304

ROP3 Code: 100571
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Assiniboine - (asb)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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  , MT - 1,041

  , MT - 163

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Brief Profile

The Assiniboin people, also known as the Hohe or the Nakota, are a Sioux First Nations/Native American people originally from the Northern Great Plains of North America. Their name, Nakota, means "allies of the people." The name Assiniboin was given to them and means "those who cook with stones," while Canadian trappers who had observed their cooking methods called them Stonies. The women would heat rocks, and then drop the rocks into kettles of water. The rocks would cause the water to boil, cooking the food.

In the United States, they reside in two locations, both in Montana. They reside on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, only 40 miles from the Canada border, where land is shared with the Gros Ventre people. Most of the population lives on small ranches and farms, and the reservation is home to a tribally owned meat packing plant. They also reside on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, where land is shared with their former enemies, the Sioux. While ranching and farming is also active here, the tribes have a growing manufacturing sector involved in metal fabrication, commercial sewing, electronics manufacturing and oil extraction.

Indian Nations: Assiniboine Gros Ventre from Montana Office of Tourism on Vimeo.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that they will experience Christ both as a Savior and friend for everyday life.
  • Pray that God would call out evangelical Assiniboin cross-culturally to minister among the least reached peoples in North America and beyond.
  • Pray that evangelical Assiniboin will understand and faithfull fulfill their place in serving in God's kingdom among all the nations.


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