Reservations – Confinement?
© December 31, 2014, John LaBatte
The 1851 Treaties between the Dakota Indians and the United States set aside 2 reservations in Minnesota: the Lower Reservation for the Mdewakanton and Wahpekute bands and the Upper Reservation for the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands. Statements suggesting that the Dakota Indians were confined to their reservations are incorrect. During the period 1853-1862, they frequently left their reservations for various reasons.
Reservations – Surveys
© August 2, 2014, John LaBatte
By 1859, there had been 3 U.S. surveys of the Minnesota Dakota reservations:
1. Beginning in 1854, township lines
2. Beginning in 1854, township interior lines and meanderings of the rivers
3. In 1859, boundary lines of the reservations on the south side of the Minnesota River Continue reading
Reservations – Land
© July 11, 2014, John LaBatte
Modified December 10, 2015
The Treaty of 1851 with the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands created the upper Dakota reservation. The Treaty of 1851 with the Mdewakanton and Wahpekute bands created the lower Dakota reservation. This essay discusses creation and modifications to these reservations.