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History of the border
How the border affects the tribes that live on the border now
Information about the Native American tribes that historically lived on the US-Mexico Border
Interview with Lupe from the yaqui tribe
The Pima Now
The Yaqui Now
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The Kickapoo were originally a tribe that lived in Wisconsin, but they moved south because they were forced to. In the eighteen hundreds, there were two groups: the Prairie band and the Vermillion band. The Vermillion band decided to live with the white people in Kansas, but the Prairie band decided to keep on moving south. The Prairie band moved all the way to Texas and they got land because the Spanish officials gave it to them. However, when Texas became a republic, the Texans didn't want them to live there anymore and so the Kickapoo had to keep on moving. Then, many Kickapoo went to Mexico where they were given land in Nacimiento in exchange for protecting Mexico's northern border.
A sports team from the Kickapoo tribe of Kansas
Because the Kickapoo's original land was taken from them by the European settlers and the US government, the Kickapoo ended up being separated, with some groups in Mexico and some in the US. Now, because it very hard to cross the US/Mexico border, they cannot see each other. The Kickapoo in Mexico cannot cross to visit the US Kickapoo without having passports and visas. This is a problem because, just like the Yaqui, the Kickapoo do not have as many resources and as much political power as they would if they were a united tribe.
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