USS Enterprise operations Native American officer

One of the Native American crew aboard the USS Enterprise in the 2270s

Chakotay, 2377

Commander Chakotay, the Native American first officer of USS Voyager in 2377

Tepees, time stream

Native American tepees

American Indians (or Native Americans) were the indigenous Human inhabitants of the North and South American continents of Earth. Those areas were heavily colonized by more technologically advanced Humans from other continents after the 15th century, leading to the destruction of many indigenous cultures.

Some Native American cultures experienced a resurgence in the 23rd and 24th centuries. They adapted to their times and circumstances – some tribes included alien species such as the Ferengi, Klingons, and Vulcans as totem spirits. (TNG: "Journey's End")

In the distant past, extraterrestrials known as Sky Spirits came from the Delta Quadrant to Earth, where they genetically altered a group of primitive Humans. These inheritors carried a similar affinity to the land as the Sky Spirits and spread across the globe, giving rise to the Native American and Amazonian peoples. The Sky Spirits returned but eventually found no trace of their inheritors. Descendants of their inheritors who still had the Sky People appearance, the Rubber Tree People, were however still living in hiding on Earth in the Central American rain forest even in the 24th century. (VOY: "Tattoo")

Kukulkan, a benevolent alien being, visited the Mayans and influenced their architecture and agricultural development. Kukulkan was worshiped as a god by the Mayans who encountered him. Kukulkan gave them their remarkably accurate calendar and told them to build a city according to its cycles. On the date the city was finished, Kukulkan was supposed to return. The Mayans built their city, but Kukulkan never appeared, as they had only built parts of the design-they never finished the energy amplification system that was supposed to signal Kukulkan. Kulkukan was remembered in many Native American cultures, including the Aztec, Comanche, and Toltec peoples. (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")

The Kukulkan visit was not given a specific date, but the accounts would seem to suggest an era around 5,000 BC to 2,000 BC.

A group of alien anthropologists, called the Preservers, visited Earth several centuries before 2268. The Preservers transplanted a group of Native Americans, including people from the Delaware, Navajo, and Mohican tribes, to a class M planet where they were able to live undisturbed. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")

Scenes of Native American life, including tepees and a canoe, could be seen in the resetting time stream as the timeline realigned itself. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

Davy Crockett was a celebrated "Indian fighter". (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")

Native American tribes had traditions about displays of dominance, such as "counting coup," which were noted by Data when observing similar behaviors in the Ligonians. (TNG: "Code of Honor")

By the 2270s, Starfleet permitted Native Americans to express their culture as part of their uniforms. At the time of the V'ger threat, at least three Native Americans were among the crew of the USS Enterprise. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

One group of Native Americans left Earth in the mid-22nd century, dissatisfied with changing Terran attitudes towards nature. After two centuries of searching, they created a new colony on Dorvan V, although the system it was in was disputed ground. With the Federation-Cardassian Treaty, the planet was ceded to the Cardassians, and the USS Enterprise-D was sent to relocate the tribe. The tribe however decided to stay and leave the Federation. (TNG: "Journey's End")

Chakotay once jokingly deduced that Seven of Nine had never assimilated any Indian scouts, based on her missing a set of footprints. (VOY: "Demon")

American Indian planets Edit

American Indian tribes and cultures Edit

Furthermore, the USS Lakota was named for the Lakota people and the movie Apache Serenade presumably featured Apache.

American Indian descendants Edit

Writer Russell Bates, who created the Walking Bear character, was a native American himself, and came from the Kiowa tribe.

Ships with American Indians names Edit

According to John Eaves, the Sioux was named for British singer Siouxsie Sioux. [1]

Other American Indian namesakes Edit

References Edit

Walking Bear

Ensign Walking Bear


At least two Native Americans have been seen to be a member of the Maquis (one unnamed and the other being Commander Chakotay).

Jamake Highwater served as a consultant on Native American culture to Star Trek: Voyager. Though he claimed American Indian ancestry, he was in fact of Eastern European Jewish background.

In an interview with Robert Fletcher – published as part one of "The Star Trek Costumes", in the February 1980 edition of Fantastic Films – the Shamin priests seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture were described as "like the society of America's western Indian civilizations", despite no apparent contact with travelers from Earth.

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