Where is the closest federally recognized tribe? By dividing the United States into Voronoi cells, we can see the landscape of sovereign tribal nations which is so often invisible.
This is not a territory map. For that, we recommend visiting Native Land.
This map doesn’t include many tribes which lack federal recognition. There are 62 state-recognized tribes, mostly in the East, which don’t have the same self-governing rights as federally recognized tribes. There are also hundreds more that are entirely unrecognized by the US government, or have not sought recognition, or have had their recognition revoked.
Notice the distribution patterns in this map. Notice the clustered refugee tribes of Oklahoma and their homelands to the East. It speaks to the history of colonization – the removals and relocations, the dividing of peoples, and the shifting policies of the US government.