When it comes to the Naga tribes of Nagaland, it is often referred to as the ‘Sixteen (16) Naga Tribes of Nagaland’ which includes — Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Kachari, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Kuki, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yimchunger, and Zeme-Liangmai (Zeliang).
As per the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, there are 14 officially recognized Naga Tribes in Nagaland and five recognized Scheduled Tribes in Nagaland as given below.
List of recognized Naga Tribes in Nagaland State
Other recognized Scheduled Tribes in Nagaland
Reference: Dept. Personnel and Administrative Reforms
Backward Naga Tribes of Nagaland:
The following nine (9) Naga Tribes are considered ‘backward tribes’ for the purpose of reservation namely – Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Phom, Pochury, Sangtam, Yimchunger and Zeliang.
Besides the above, ‘Sumis’ from Kiphire District are also entitled reservations under backward category.