Today I am going to be describing the Lower Souix Indians. I am going to be describing the tribe’s pre-Columbian history, including the settlement dates as well as other cultural details. I am going to be describing cultural and religious beliefs of the tribe. I am going to be talking about the tribe’s history after contract, including major events and armed conflicts that may have been important to the history of the tribe. Lastly I am going to be explaining the history of at least one historical figure of the chosen tribe and events surrounding that individual’s life.
The Lower Sioux Indians are a community of federally recognized Indians that are located in Redwood County Minnesota. There are 145 families that live on around about 2,000 acres of land. The population of the tribe consists of about 982 members all of whom reside in about a 10 mile radius. Lower Sioux was a tribal name given to this tribe after a treaty in 1851 by the United States. The Sioux Indians are part of the Mdewakanton Indians of Dakota. Prior to 1862 there were four bands to the Sioux community they consisted of the tribes known as the Mdewakanton, Wahpekute, Sisseton and the Wahpeton otherwise known as the Dakota and the Sioux. At that current time all of these tribes resided along the Minnesota River. In August of 1862 a war began. The four tribes were very unhappy with the U.S. at the time. Following this was two harsh years for the tribes of unfulfilled treaty obligations. Some of these obligations included failure to make payments on the land, failure to provide health care for the people as well as food. Many lives were lost during this time including that of over 300 settlers as well and hundreds of Mdewakantons, although the Mdewakantons still came to the aid for both Indians and non-Indians despite the situation. Once the Mdewakanton defeated the bands the U.S. found it would be proper to punish the Dakota, so they nullified...
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