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Of course. Just like any other nation, there were people fighting each other. This has been arguably one of the great factors of the declination and loss of Native Americans in the colonizing of the United States. In that, old grudges from tribes were not willing to fight together against the colonists. Some tribes were not willing to become slaves so they fought. Most others were peaceful people and were willing to make compromises but were tricked.

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Almost all native American groups in North, Central and South America had a society based entirely on warfare which was the most important and most fundamental part of life; young men were encouraged to become warriors and gain respect and honours by performing brave war exploits against the tribe's enemies (who for thousands of years were other tribal groups). Women were encouraged only to marry a proven and successful warrior.

This lifestyle was only punctuated by inter-tribal treaties, which were normally temporary. Periods of peace allowed for trade with other tribes, but both sides knew that they would soon find an excuse to get back to the real business of fighting each other. Breaking treaties was part of the culture, it was expected and even welcomed.

I recommend that you read the books "Plenty Coups, Chief of the Crows" by Frank B Linderman and "Two Leggings, the Making of a Crow Warrior" by Peter Nabokov.

These two books were dictated to white American writers by the warriors themeslves and both give an excellent insight into the native American Plains culture (which in broad terms applied to all native American cultures). The warrior societies, inter-tribal warfare, gaining war honours and the ceremonies and traditions that accompanied that lifestyle are explained in detail.

Both books emphasise that the native lifestyle ended as a result of white American influence; in the case of Plenty Coups, he said that "after the buffalo were gone nothing else happened", Two Leggings took a different view - for him, nothing else happened after inter-tribal warfare was stopped by the US government:

"Nothing happened after that. We just lived. There were no more war parties, no capturing horses from the Piegans and the Sioux, no buffalo to hunt. There is nothing more to tell."

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yes, and quite often. they got jealous easily so its understandable. feel free 2 add...

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