- Word History
|part of speech:
||a member of an American Indian tribe that now lives in Montana and Oklahoma.
||the Algonquian language of this tribe.
||the capital of Wyoming.
is a Dakota Indian word that means "to speak red." The Dakota word shaia
means "to speak strangely" or "to speak red." The Dakota considered their own speech "white" and ridiculed the speech of the Cheyenne people by calling it "red."