The Cheyenne are a tribe of Algonquian linguistic ancestry who lived largely agrarian lives in the Minnesota area. Pressures from other tribes forced the Cheyenne westward, and in about a 25-year period they evolved from a people who cultivated corn and other grains and made pottery into a nomadic Plains culture predicated on buffalo hunting. About 1830, after reaching the Black Hills, the tribe divided, with one group moving south to Colorado and the other moving farther westward into traditional Crow territory. Today there are about 5,300 members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.
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