In The Call of the Wild, what was the name of the Indian group that attacked John Thorton?

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The name of the ferocious tribe was the "Yeehats."  The attack occurs in Chapter 7.  Buck comes upon the maurading band:

"The Yeehats were dancing about the wreckage of the spurce-bough lodge when they heard a fearful roaring and saw rushing upon them an animal which they had never seen before.  It was Buck, a live hurricane of fury, hurling himself upon them in a frenzy to destroy....It was a fateful day for the Yeehats.  They scattered far and wide over the country and it was not until a week later that the last of the survivors gathered together in a lower valley and counted their losses.  As for Buck...he found Pete where he had been killed...Thornton's desperate struggle was fresh-written on the earth..."

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