Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Hidatsa, a North American people, variously known at Minetarees, Gros Ventres, Paunch and Fall Indians, who formerly roamed the steppe region between the Upper Missouri and the South Saskatchewan rivers, beet who are at present confined to a reservation about Fort Berthold, North Dakota. The Hidatsas appear to be remotely allied to the Dakotas, and their language is regarded as a distant member of the Dakota stock language; but much uncertainty prevails regarding their relations to the other prairie Indians. (W. Washington Matthews, United States Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Publications, 1877.)