Lower Sioux Community (Caŋ ŝa yapi )

The Lower Sioux Indian Community is a federally recognized Indian tribe located in south central Minnesota in Redwood County, approximately two miles south of Morton. While “Lower Sioux” was the name given to the band and their homeland after treaties with the United States in 1851, members of the Lower Sioux Indian Community are part of the Mdewakanton Band of Dakota. The Dakota, which translates closely to “friend” or “ally” in the Dakota language, referred to the traditional Minnesota River Valley homeland as Cansa’yapi (where they marked the trees red).

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http://www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us/tribes_lowersioux.html

Stories

Title
They sacrificed so we can have what we have today
Sandra Geshick | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862, Family in 1862, Mankato Hangings, Davenport Prison, Crow Creek
Keywords: Mankato, Davenport, Crow Creek, Flandreau, Bloomington, Lower Sioux Community, Sacrifice
Resilience
Sandra Geshick | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Survival, Aftermath of 1862, Resilience
Keywords: Survival, Resilience, Protection
Who wouldn’t defend what was theirs?
Sandra Geshick | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Perspectives on 1862, Dakota Culture and Values, Spirituality
Keywords: Untruth, Defending, Prayer
“Tahicido”
Sandra Geshick | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Family in 1862, Davenport Prison, Aftermath of 1862
Keywords: Davenport Prison, Family
Fortitude
Sandra Geshick | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords: Men, Women, Fortitude
There’s a lesson to be learned in every tragedy
Sandra Geshick | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Leaders in War, Little Crow, Fortitude
Keywords: Fortitude, Leadership
Our ancestors fought for survival
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Causes of War, Survival, Perspectives on 1862
Keywords: Survival
Those grandmas, they were real no-nonsense.
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Boarding School, Education, Dakota Culture and Values, Discrimination
Keywords: Boarding School, School
Our camp was Kaposia
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Treaties, Reservations, Genocide, U.S. Government
Keywords: Homeland, Reservations, Lower Sioux Community, Dakota and U.S. Gov't
We commemorate them every day.
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Ways of Commemorating, Mankato Hangings, Education for Understanding
Keywords: Honor, History, Education, Commemoration
You can feel the coldness in there
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Lower Sioux Agency, U.S. Government, Spirituality
Keywords: Lower Sioux Community, Annuity
Our people fought terrorism for a long time
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Dakota Land, U.S. Government, Homestead Act
Keywords: Homeland, Medicine, Land Loss
I’d wish to be the people we were
Pamela Halverson | Oral History
Theme: Culture and Values
Topics: Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords: History
It’s hard to explain the feeling
Ruby Minkel | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Spirituality
Keywords: Spirituality
The only holiday we really celebrated was Christmas
Ruby Minkel | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up
Keywords: Holidays
We just didn’t like it there
Joan Pendleton | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Education, Boarding Schools, Jobs
Keywords: Flandreau, Boarding School, School
They would never talk in front of us kids in our Dakota language
Joan Pendleton | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Language, Spirituality
Keywords: Hoop Dance, Christianity, Dakota Language, School
I would never treat someone like that, no matter what nationality they were
Joan Pendleton | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Perspectives on 1862
Keywords: Forgiveness
Unity
Joan Pendleton | Oral History
Theme: Hopes for the Future
Topics: Dakota Hopes for the Future
Keywords: Unity, Time
We’re no different. It’s just that we probably had to suffer a whole lot more.
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: Education
Topics: Education for Understanding
Keywords: Suffer, Education
That’s how they would hide.
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Family in 1862, Aftermath of 1862
Keywords: Bounty
That was their last song
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862, Mankato Hangings
Keywords: Mankato, Hangings
They’ve held onto their traditions
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords: Canada
They were punished for speaking it and they didn’t want us to be punished.
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Dakota Language
Keywords:
I think the biggest contribution was our lifestyle
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: Cultural Contributions to U.S.
Topics: Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords: Food, Lifestyle
You get a sense of belonging to that part of history and surviving
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Birch Coulee
Keywords: Birch Coulee
50,000 Indian children never came home
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Boarding School, Reparations, Healing
Keywords: Canada, Boarding School
We always talk about our teacher and memories of the school and the games we played.
LaVonne Swenson | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Education, Dakota in White Systems
Keywords: School
The United States is suffering because they made so many mistakes
Lillian Wilson | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: U.S. Government
Keywords:
It was like two different worlds, going to school, then coming back and being with all our little friends.
Lillian Wilson | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Education, Dakota in White Systems, Ceremonies, Spirits
Keywords: School
They wanted to come home
Lillian Wilson | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Ways of Commemorating, Commemorative March, Spirituality
Keywords: Birch Coulee
They used to have love, honor and respect for each other.
Lillian Wilson | Oral History
Theme: Hopes for the Future
Topics: Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords:
I don’t think it was hard; it was kind of like an adventure.
Lillian Wilson | Oral History
Theme: Education
Topics: Boarding Schools, Dakota Culture and Values, Assimilation
Keywords:

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