Who were one of the most powerful tribes of the Great Plains due to the increase in violence between the Indian tribes?

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The strongest Indian tribe in the United States was the Comanche.  They were originally from the mountains of Wyoming but migrated to Texas.  The reason that they became the most powerful Native American tribe is the use of the horse.  The Comanche were introduced to the horse by the Spanish. This tribe learned to use the horse more effectively and completely than any other Indian nation.  They utilized the horse for hunting, transportation, and warfare.  The Comanche were so effective with the horse in warfare that they halted the Spanish expansion into the Southwest.  The Comanche also stopped the expansion of the French from Louisiana.  It was the Comanche that provided the Anglo-Americans with the strongest resistance in their attempt to move westward.  By the turn of the 19th Century, the Comanche had transitioned from a relatively benign nation into one of the fiercest cavalries in the world.