History of Rosebud Reservation


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Saga of Indian Lands Lost
As long as the grass grows, the river flows,
the wind blows or ninety days which ever comes first!

A Brief History of The Rosebud Sioux Reservation


Everyone has heard the expression, “In a Nutshell!”  The following text is a brief history of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in a nutshell, simple, straight forward manner without getting so technical to make it boring.  With the minimum use of text and relying mainly on maps to get the point across. The snapshots in time presentrd here are: Pre-contact, Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851, Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, Agreement of 1876, Agreement of 1889, the Bruke Act of 1904, the Tripp Act of 1907. the Mellette Act of 1910. Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, Rosebud v. Kniep of 1976.  Through these treaties, agreements, acts, executive orders, all of which resulted for loss of Indian aboriginal lands clearly define where the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is at today.


I use the term, “Pre-contact.” to define the era from the beginning to about mid 1800’s.  By beginning, Lakota Creation Stories, 17 generations of the pipe, archaelogists and anthorpologists references to Lakota people being from present South Carolina area, through the Great Lakes area, then to the plains and the discovery of the horse and buffalo, the basis of our culture as it is known today.  In any case, The Lakota have been here for a long time, and definitely longer the dominant cultures of this part of North America.  Attempts to place us in the east were used to justify taking Lakota lands, relieving their political consiences for their actions.  t

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