By Norman K. Risjord

ISBN-10: 0803269293

ISBN-13: 9780803269293

The northern plains are usually missed via the remainder of the kingdom or, if now not, are pointed out within the context of the elements, Mount Rushmore, or the Black Hills. despite the fact that, North Dakota and South Dakota have a colourful past—and present—deserving of higher popularity.

Norman okay. Risjord relates the amazing histories of those states, from the geological formation of the good Plains to fiscal adjustments within the twenty-first century. Risjord takes the reader on a trip throughout the centuries detailing the 1st human population of the northern plains, the Lewis and Clark excursion, homesteading and railroad construction, the political impression of the innovative flow, the construction of Mount Rushmore, and Wounded Knee II. integrated are tales of such noteworthy characters as French explorer Vérendrye, the Lakota chief pink Cloud, North Dakota political boss Alexander McKenzie, and South Dakota Democrat George S. McGovern.

Despite the shared topography and the rivers that path via either states, the various reactions of the 2 states to the demanding situations of the 20th century offer possibilities for arresting comparisons. This attractive examine the Dakotas’ geography, ecology, politics, and tradition is key interpreting for Dakotans and people attracted to the wealthy heritage of this crucial quarter.

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The epidemic was particularly deadly among the close living quarters of the Missouri Indians. Native medicine aggravated the problem. Indians treated a fever with a steam bath (each village had a permanent sweat lodge) and a plunge into a nearby stream. This was exactly the wrong thing to do with a body weakened by small pox, and it usually brought a quick death to the stricken patient. The Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras lost an estimated two-thirds of their population in the epidemic. Under pressure from the Dakotas, the Arikaras abandoned their fortified cities and gathered in huddled settlements next to the Mandans and Hidatsas.

On the northern edge of this Missouri River–Red River complex European explorers would encounter roving bands of Cree and Assiniboine hunters, whose home villages lay in present-day Canada. To the west were the buffalo-hunting Crows, whose homes were in the valleys of the Powder and Big Horn Rivers of present-day Wyoming. And to the south lay the numerous and powerful Pawnee and Kiowa tribes of present-day Nebraska and Kansas. 18 lords of the northern plains Map 3. Location of Indian tribes of the northern plains, ca.

Anthony. By that date also the Oglalas and Brules had begun a trade with the Arikaras, whose own hunters ranged as far west as the Black Hills. The relationship was at first friendly but soon turned deadly as a result of dramatic changes in the lives of the Plains Indians. The disruption was a by-product of Spanish settlement of the Gulf Coast and Mexico, a cultural intrusion that brought two new elements to life on the plains — the horse and a deadly small pox contagion. 30 lords of the northern plains Map 4.

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