Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana

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For generations, the Native American people have been a society of great mystery. The Assiniboine and Sioux Indians of the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana are no exception. Althoughcenturies old, their culture is only now being rediscovered and explored. The idea to reveal some of their fascinating story stemmed from the desire,devotion, and dedication of a few individuals to embrace the opportunity to explore this wondrous race of people. In 1851 at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, the tribes of Montana and Dakota territories signed a treaty with the U.S. Government, which led to thebeginnings of many congressional hearings concerning Native American reservations. In 1886 at Fort Peck Agency, the Sioux and Assiniboine exerted their sovereign powers and agreed with the government to create the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. After much negotiation over the two million acres of land, U.S. Congress ratified the agreement in 1888. This colorful heritage and legacy of Fort Peck is commemorated by the 200 images in this photographic collection. Featured are scenes of tribal leaders, schoolchildren, families, and celebrations from the late 1880s to the 1920s. All of the images were provided by Native American families living on the Fort Peck Reservation, the Fort Peck Tribal Archives, and the Montana Historical Society.
ISBN: 9780738548272
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Montana
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kenneth Shields Jr. is a full-blooded Dakota Sioux from the Bad Temper Bear Band. Born and raised on the Fort Peck Reservation, Shields has a deep love for his people and has made a commitment to preserve and promote positive images for Native American youth. Through this book, the first Native American title in the Images of America series, readers are presented with a first-hand account of the American Indian's way of life. These unique and spiritual people extend an invitation and a warm welcome to all visitors to come to Montana and see for themselves.
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