– A group or collection of Indigenous Nations/Tribes bound by an historical alliance, agreement, or mutually agreed purpose.
Confederacies were developed to provide heightened benefit for member Nations through increased military strength, resource access, land security, and political strength. Members of such alliances could levy their partnerships to advance their interests against opposing Nations or forces. Some confederacies, such as the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee), were established prior to European influence and its member Nations shared similar cultural ideologies, religious beliefs, and languages. In many instances, the existence of a confederacy enabled its member Nations to to withstand challenges and pursue interests with greater strength. Many Confederacies are actively engaged in their respective alliances today to confront modern-day issues and concerns.
Confederacies listings were compiled using data from Tribal Nations Maps and multiple websites of information on Nations in the US and Canada.