The state of the Great Sioux, part one

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Ronald G. Stoyer


By the late 1600s, the Great Sioux had settled in what is now known as
Minnesota as village farmers. As a result of conflict with other First Americans,
the Sioux -then known as Dakota- began to divide and to migrate west. The
result of the division was three groups -the Dakota, Nakata, and Lakota.
Within four decades the population of this great nation had been decimated
and the nation itself had been reduced to a defeated and despondent people
totally dependent on the United States for the resources necessary for its
survival. This manuscript provides an historical overview of the Great Sioux,
and identifies four events as critical in understanding this massive societal

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