Native American Ministries
Indians in Arkansas: In 1541 De Soto and his band traveled through what is now known as eastern Arkansas. The De Soto chronicles specifically state that in northeast Arkansas from one Indian village the smoke could be seen rising from many other Indian villages. From their account they seemed to make continual contact with Indian villages. By the time that Joliet and Marquette would make their trip down the Mississippi 150 years later they found only one or two Indian villages along the Mississippi River in Eastern Arkansas. For more information see Indians of Arkansas by Charles R. McGimsey III.
Population: In most historical accounts of the American Indian you will read that they consisted of a small population. Most state that there were only about 1.5 million Indians in North America when white contact was made. Today we are learning very different numbers as serious research is done. According to Francis Jennings in his book Invasion of America he quotes sources that state there were at least 80 million Indian people in North America, and believes this to be a conservative number. The reason given for the small number seems to be that the Indian people were heathens and savages and continually killed each other reducing the population. Now we see a selfish reason for misquoting the number and will explain this in the future. To get a better understanding of the extensiveness of the Indians population search "Indian Mounds" in your favorite search engine.