In the latest issue of the Twin Buttes Times is an interesting article entitled 'Mandan" in other Languages by Indeck Park, Linguist. Twin Butes, North Dakota is the home of the Nu'eta. To cut to the chase, I will list the names:
Miwatani= Yankton and Omaha-Ponca Mawatani = Dakota and Lakota Hidatsa = Aroxbagua or Aroxbagua (shortened to Ruxbaaga) derived from Aru'axbi (all that remains [after the Smallpox]. Pawnee = Piitakariitu (stone men) shortened to Kanit (stone). Crow = Ahparroopise = Big Ear Holes One of the divisions of the Nu'eta was called Istope = Tattooed faces for painting vertical stripes from the lower lip to the chin. The sign language motion is of shelling corn other nations use the words for Earth Lodges. Speaking of earth lodges, go to www.livingstonelodge.net to look at the modern earth lodges the Ne'eta are building.
Even though Maximilian and Bodmer's spelling of the Three Tribes language is so ingrained one should go to the www.nhsc.edu website for the correct spelling. (Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, New Town, North Dakota)