Brulé, Étienne (1592?–1633), a French explorer. He is believed to have been the first European to see the Great Lakes and also was the first to live among the Indians. Brulé came to North America with Samuel de Champlain in 1608 and helped in the founding of Quebec. At Champlain's request, he lived first among the Algonkins and then among the Hurons, learning their language and ways, and later acted as an interpreter. He explored Lake Huron in 1612 and is thought to have come upon Lakes Ontario, Erie, and Superior in explorations after 1615. After a quarrel, he was killed by the Hurons.
In prehistoric times Ohio was the home of Indians known as Mound Builders. When the French first settled in Canada in the early 17th century, the Erie Indians were living south of Lake Erie, but in mid-century they were conquered and dispersed by the Iroquois.
Prehistoric humans entered what is now Montana more than 10,000 years ago. The early inhabitants hunted the area's abundant big game.