Reservations – Confinement?

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.

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