noun (plural same or Assiniboins)
1A member of an American Indian people formerly living in southern Manitoba, but now living in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
- A tribe of hunters, the Assiniboins exchanged dried meat for British guns, brass kettles and cloth.
- The Chippewa forged a new alliance with the Crees and Assiniboins to the north against the Dakota nation.
- A nomadic tribe, the Assiniboin dwelled in the transportable tipi, easily moved to follow game.
Late 17th century: from Canadian French, from Ojibwa assini:pwa:n 'stone Sioux', from assin 'stone' + pwa:n 'Sioux'.
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