Analysis Of Ray Owen 's ' Prairie Island Indian Community ' Essay

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Ray Owen, of Prairie Island Indian Community, 2010 Mni Sota, states that according to the oral histories of many of those who live in Minnesota, these areas have been Dakota homeland for thousands of years. "Even today, you live in the United States of Dakota. All of this is Dakota Territory." (1)

Mni Sota, micoke – Dakota translation as ‘home of the cloud tinted waters’, Minnesota - known by North Americans as the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’, lies at the northern end of the Mississippi River and the westernmost point of the inland waterway that extends through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean. The Ojibwe and the Dakota of the First Nation Peoples were those that made these lands their home. European settlement started moving in in the area in 1820 with the establishment of Fort Snelling and by 1849, Minnesota became a U.S. territory. More and more westward moving settlers were pouring into Minnesota and on May 11, 1858, Minnesota joined the Union of the United States of America. During this forty year period, various U. S. government agreements and treaties had been negotiated with the Dakota for their lands and they continued to be squeezed into a smaller area. Moving from previously prime hunting and fishing grounds for increasingly smaller non-productive reservations, harsh winters and low supplies created an atmosphere that left many native families hungry and frustrated. The treaties negotiated Dakota ancestral lands exchanged for…

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