A similar system was used in North America. Many Indian groups that we consider to be tribes were actually nations consisting of many tribes. The Ilini Nation consisted of the Kaskaskia tribe (that I am descended from), the Peoria, Tapouaro, Coiracoentanon, Moingwena, Chinkoa, Maroa, Espeminkia, Cahokia, Chepoussa, and Omouahoa tribes. Each tribe had its own Chief while the Ilini Nation had a Chief who was over all of them. Other Indian nations were set up the same way. Some examples are the Apache, the Iroquois, and the Sioux. Sitting Bull was not just the Chief of one tribe, but Chief over all of the tribes that made up the Sioux Nation.
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