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The most famous leaders and chiefs of the Pawnee tribe included Man Chief, Crooked Hand, Eagle Chief, Brings Herds, Struck with a Tomahawk, Rattlesnake. The Pawnee had many enemies amongst the other Plains Native Indians including the Cheyennes, Arapahos, Delawares, Sioux, Comanches, Apaches, and the Kiowas.
In 1936 the Pawnees adopted a tribal constitution that established two governing bodies: a chiefs’ (or nasharo) council comprised of eight individuals having hereditary rights to chieftainship, elected every four years; and a business council made up of eight individuals elected every two years.
Pawnee men were hunters and sometimes went to war to protect their families. Pawnee women were farmers and also did most of the child care and cooking. Only men became Pawnee chiefs, but both genders took part in storytelling, artwork and music, and traditional medicine.
The Pawnee ceded most of their land in Nebraska to the U.S. government by treaties in 1833, 1848, and 1857. In 1876 their last Nebraska holdings were given up, and they were moved to Oklahoma, where they remained.
pawnee(Noun) One or two whom a pledge is delivered as security; one who takes anything in pawn. Pawnee(Noun) A person of Pawnee origin or descent.
pawner in British English (ˈpɔːnə) a person who pawns their possessions.
Government. In 2011, there were approximately 3,200 enrolled Pawnee and nearly all reside in Oklahoma.
Pawnee, Indiana is the fictional setting for Parks and Recreation. There is a lot of suspicion that Pawnee is based off of the real neighboring cities of New Albany and Clarksville, located about 95 miles south of Indianapolis and 120 miles southeast of Terre Haute with a combined population of 80,000 people.