Thursday, October 23, 2008

Honoring the Pride of Sioux Tribes.

Honoring the Pride of Sioux Tribes and reporting how the commission appointed and led to obtain certain concessions of Land from the Sioux Indians with one purpose. Not Oil, Not Sugar.. Just Gold...

"This war was brought upon us by the children of the Great Father

who came to take our land from us without price."

--Spotted Tail.

The history of Native Americans in North America dates back thousands of years. Exploration and settlement of the western United States by Americans and Europeans wreaked havoc on the Indian peoples living there. In the 19th century the American drive for expansion clashed violently with the Native American resolve to preserve their lands, sovereignty, and ways of life. The struggle over land has defined relations between the U.S. government and Native Americans and is well documented in the holdings of the National Archives.

From the 1860s through the 1870s the American frontier was filled with Indian wars and skirmishes. In 1865 a congressional committee began a study of the Indian uprisings and wars in the West, resulting in a Report on the Condition of the Indian Tribes , which was released in 1867. This study and report by the congressional committee led to an act to establish an Indian Peace Commission to end the wars and prevent future Indian conflicts. The United States government set out to establish a series of Indian treaties that would force the Indians to give up their lands and move further west onto reservations.

In the spring of 1868 a conference was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Wyoming, that resulted in a treaty with the Sioux. This treaty was to bring peace between the whites and the Sioux who agreed to settle within the Black Hills reservation in the Dakota Territory.

The Black Hills of Dakota are sacred to the Sioux Indians. In the 1868 treaty, signed at Fort Laramie and other military posts in Sioux country, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people. In 1874, however, General George A. Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills accompanied by miners who were seeking gold. Once gold was found in the Black Hills, miners were soon moving into the Sioux hunting grounds and demanding protection from the United States Army. Soon, the Army was ordered to move against wandering bands of Sioux hunting on the range in accordance with their treaty rights. In 1876, Custer, leading an army detachment, encountered the encampment of Sioux and Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn River. Custer's detachment was annihilated, but the United States would continue its battle against the Sioux in the Black Hills until the government confiscated the land in 1877. To this day, ownership of the Black Hills remains the subject of a legal dispute between the U.S. government and the Sioux.
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1 comment:

Frank, Harry said...

It would appear that author of his piece has never actually read the 1868 treaty. Custer's expedition was perfectly legal. Article 2 of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty provides that “no person shall ever be permitted to pass over, settle upon, or reside in the territory described in this article,” which included the Black Hills, “except such officers, agents and employees of the government as may be authorized to enter upon Indian reservations in discharge of duties . . . .” Clearly, Custer and his entourage were employees of the government authorized to enter the reservation in discharge of duties.