Yemé Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: August 10, 2020

The Yemé Indians, a Coahuiltecan band of northeastern Mexico, were one of several groups commonly referred to as Carrizos, who ranged both sides of the Rio Grande. In the early nineteenth century the Yemés lived in the vicinity of Laredo. They may be the same as the Ymic Indians, who in 1708 were on the Rio Grande near San Juan Bautista Mission, in the area of present Eagle Pass. It is remotely possible that the Yemé and Ymic Indians were descendants of either the Imimules or the Imipectes, who lived in northeastern Nuevo León during the seventeenth century.

Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). J. R. Swanton, Linguistic Material from the Tribes of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1940).


  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Tribes (Other)

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Thomas N. Campbell, “Yemé Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 26, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 10, 2020