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By Nancy Bonvillain

Examines the Teton Sioux or 'plains dwellers' resided in now North and South Dakota. They have been popular for his or her alternate with neighborhood tribes. The environment -- Teton methods of residing -- assembly the problem of switch -- The quandary maintains -- A dream denied -- looking a brand new means -- modern matters -- Tetons within the twenty-first century

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S. government and its agencies. In this context, the people sought to establish a life for themselves that incorporated necessary changes but remained true to their own values. At the turn of the twentieth century, even after many years of government pressure, most Tetons had not accepted individual allotments. They preferred to hold their land communally. But within a few decades, the BIA succeeded in dividing all of the Teton reservations into allotted shares. The policy proved to be disastrous for several reasons.

S. government’s aim of forcing American Indians to change their way of life, officials ordered soldiers to slaughter the herds of buffalo that still roamed the plains. In addition, they encouraged American and European sportsmen and hunters to take part in destroying the buffalo. Without buffalo to supply food, the American Indians would be starved into submitting to terms of treaties favored by the government. The government also hoped that if the buffalo were eliminated, the Tetons and other American Indians would have to give up their hunting and nomadic traditions and become farmers.

The remaining territory was open to claims from American settlers. After the policy of allotting land went into effect on February 10, 1890, the reservations carved from the Great Sioux Reservation together comprised approximately half of the Teton’s original territory. The other half was sold to American settlers. S. government. The government further negated the treaty by threatening to cut off supplies of rations to the Tetons when they continued to resist accepting allotments. Indeed, officials reduced by half the amount of rations given in the late 1880s and early 1890s.

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