1640 - The Catawbans
The Catawba Indian Tribe was once part of several tribes of the Sioux Indian Nation in the west. They flee to the southeast to escape their enemies in 1640. Settling first in Botetourt County Virginia, the Catawban’s eventually established homes along the Catawba River by 1660. Their name, Catawba, means "people of the river. There are several thousand members of the tribe.