Tuesday, March 17, 2009

North Dakota Tourism Division 28-page brochure entitled "Indian People of North Dakota"

photo caption: "Sakakawea Statue Dedication, 1910"

"First People of the Plains

"They are the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, the Yanktonai, Sisseton, Wahpeton, Hunkpapa and other Dakotah/Lakotah (commonly known as the Sioux) Tribes, along with the Pembina Chippewa, Cree and Metis....

"Visitors are welcome to explore the reservations and discover the beauty of Indian culture.

"The native people of North Dakota invite you to 'Indian Country.' When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to explore the Louisiana Purchase west of the Mississippi River, they found it occupied by Native peoples who had developed extensive trade networks from the Northwest Coast, to Mexico, and into what is now Canada. Walk in the footsteps of some of the legends of American history, like Sakakawea and Sitting Bull, and take in the beauty of their homelands. Just as the name 'Dakota' means 'friend or ally' in the Lakota language, the hand of friendship and hospitality is extended to you as you journey here."

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