The Native American cultures descend from the original Human inhabitants of the North and South American continents of Earth. Those areas were heavily settled 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 Century, They adapted to their times and circumstances, some tribes including 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 from the Delta Quadrant came 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 periodically but eventually found no trace of their inheritors. Descendants of their inheritors, the Rubber Tree people, were discovered living away from Earth in the 24th century. (VOY: "Tattoo")
In the 6th century CE, a benevolent alien being known as Kukulkan visited the Mayan civilization and contributed to their development, and was worshipped as a god. Kulkulkan returned in the 12th century, visiting and influencing the Aztec culture. (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")
A group of alien anthropologists, called the Preservers, visited Earth in the 18th century. 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")
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 (NCC-1701). (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 new 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")
At least two Native Americans have been seen to be a member of the Maquis. (One unnamed and the other being Commander Chakotay.)
Native American planets
Native American tribes
Native American descendants
- Crazy Horse (See: USS Crazy Horse)
- Joe Falling Hawk
- Tecumseh (See: USS Tecumseh)
- Dawson Walking Bear
Unnamed Native American descendants
The Indian boy was a member of the tribe of American Indian descendants that lived on the planet Amerind. He was tending to the fishnets, when he became entangled in them and sank to the bottom of the river. He was brought up from the river bottom, but was declared dead by Salish, the medicine man. Captain James T. Kirk, who had lost his memory and joined the tribe, gave the boy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and brought him back to life. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")
- The indian boy was portrayed by Lamont Laird.
The Indian woman was a member of Native Americans whose descendants were transplanted by a group of aliens called the Preservers, who visited Earth in the 18th century. She lived among a tribe that lived on the planet Amerind. James T. Kirk, after a head injury caused him to lose his memory, joined this tribe. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")
- The indian woman was portrayed by Naomi Pollack.
Ships with Native American names
- USS Ahwahnee (NCC-2048)
- USS Crazy Horse (NCC-50446)
- USS Lakota (NCC-42768)
- USS Malinche (NCC-38997)
- USS Pueblo
- USS Tecumseh (NCC-14934)
- USS Ticonderoga
- Cheyenne class