The Native American History Behind Our Favorite Cars

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Thanksgiving is mainly about giving thanks for the beautiful country, landscape, and way of life that Americans enjoy every day. Specifically we give thanks to the help provided by Native American tribes to the early pilgrims. Without their help navigating a strange land and finding food, America may have never come about!

One of the trademark aspects of modern life in this great country is our admiration for quality cars and trucks. Many of our favorite vehicles are even named after different aspects from Native American culture. So the NJ Car Coupon blog team decided to track down the most popular cars and trucks named in honor of Native American tribes. Some of them may surprise you! (think Breaking Bad.)

Chief Pontiac Paved the Way for the GTO

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A prolific warrior from the Canadian territory across the border from pre-Revolution America, Pontiac was not exactly a friend to early settlers and pilgrims. But he is the namesake behind one of America’s most popular car manufacturers: Pontiac.

The Pontiac War involved the British, Pontiac’s fellow tribesmen in Canada, and some early settlers and American pilgrims. In May 1763, Pontiac and 300 warriors attempted to invade Fort Detroit (the future home to Pontiac and America’s automotive industry).

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Jeep Grand Cherokees Conquer the Road, But the Tribe Ruled the Land

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The Cherokee Nation is one of the largest tribes in the United States, and the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are some of the most popular SUVs of all time.

The Jeep Cherokee is an American staple when it comes to off-road SUVs and trucks, and the Cherokee Nation is one of the most respected tribes in history. Cherokee is one of the largest tribes in the United States numbering over 316,049 as of a 2013 Census.

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A Winnebago is More Than Vacation Transportation!


The name Winnebago, for most of us, refers to those clunky RVs that our parents hope to retire in and drive across the country. Or as of late, Walter White’s illegal-laboratory on wheels. But in reality the name Winnebago comes from the Nebraskan Winnebago Tribe, which is one of the biggest tribes in the country.

Winnebago Industries was founded in 1958, and their products are built to traverse the US. So in the end, it is a worthy name.

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What Does the Dodge Dakota Have to Do with the Boy Scouts?

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The Dakota tribe is a prolific tribe in American history, a subculture of the renowned Sioux tribes. The Dakota tribe also gave us Dr. Charles Alex Eastman, a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

Dodge Dakotas are great for pulling weight and construction jobs, but the impact of the Dakota tribe is felt today far beyond a choice in vehicle name. We have them to thank for Eagle Scouts!

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So There You Have It! Did We Miss Any Native American Inspired Cars?

Let us know if we missed anything. For each of the cars in the list, you can find car coupons for NJ dealerships. They’ll save you money on MSRP, finance, service, and accessories.

Interested in a new car? Ready to use car coupons? Call NJ Car Coupon at 732-749-7008 or visit their website.

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