Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

The Sisseton–Wahpeton Oyate (Sisitoŋwaŋ, Waĥpetoŋwaŋ) of Lake Traverse Reservation are located in the northeastern part of South Dakota and a small portion of southeastern corner of North Dakota. The reservation boundaries extend across seven counties; two in North and five in South Dakota. It has a total of 13,042 tribal members located throughout the United States and overseas.

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Stories

Title
“If you just give me a hand up, I know that I can make it.”
Judith Anywaush | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862, Fort Snelling, Family in 1862, Crow Creek, Punitive Expeditions, Abraham Lincoln, Mankato Hangings
Keywords: Fort Snelling, Expendable, Wechankpeotowe (Many Stars Woman), Crow Creek, Soup, Bishop Whipple, Steamboat, Military, Soldiers, Survival
Do those people really know that they can stay there; they don’t have to come back.
Judith Anywaush | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Jobs, Inter-Tribal Relationships, Repatriation
Keywords: Jobs, Enrollment, Repatriation
Why don't you guys just forget about it
Judith Anywaush | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Ways of Commemorating, Commemorative March
Keywords: Discrimination, Police, Fort Snelling, March
They tried to keep me in school.
Judith Anywaush | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Education, Poverty, Dakota Language
Keywords: Education, Poverty, Projects, Language, School
Hopefully it would not happen to other people.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Perspectives on 1862, Spirituality, Mankato Hangings
Keywords: Men, Superman, Mankato, Hangings
America will never be great unless it does justice to the first Americans on this continent.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Treaties, U.S. Government
Keywords: Treaties, Justice, Property, United Nations
I think we've outgrown those structures of colonial dominance over Native American people.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Fort Ridgely, Fort Snelling, Reconciliation, Education for Understanding
Keywords: Fort Ridgely, Concessions, Reconciliation, Colonization, Education
Our roots are still very much deeply embedded in our Dakota way of life.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Lower Sioux Agency, Spirituality, Dakota Identity, Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords: Spirituality, Identity, Roots, Anglo
We just accept – with open heart, open mind, open spirit.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Birch Coulee, Little People
Keywords: Little People, Birch Coulee
Biggest thing that happened to us was the Second World War.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Military
Keywords: Military, WWII
The way I look at it, is that this country is still ours, spiritually, because it is God-given.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Connection to Land
Topics: Dakota Land, Spirits, Creation
Keywords: Land, Spirits, Ghosts, Camp Coldwater, Homeland, Relatives
That Fort is a sham. It's a Fort whose history is shameful.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Fort Snelling, Spirits
Keywords: Fort Snelling, Spirits, Relatives
I would compare it to what's happening to the United States
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Perspectives on 1862, U.S. Government
Keywords: Afghanistan, Iraq
At the root of everything, factionalism was created when immigrants came to our way of living
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: U.S. Government, Factions, Immigration, Dakota Land
Keywords: Indian Removal Act, Factionalism, Treaties, Policies, Reservations, Immigration, Settlers, Encroachment
I would wish for the best of both worlds for our young people
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Hopes for the Future
Topics: Dakota Identity, Youth
Keywords: Skills, Youth
When you go to war, some people disappear
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862, Oral History, Family in 1862, Fort Snelling, Dakota Exile/Diaspora, Dakota Social Structure
Keywords: Injustice, Wakute (Wacouta), Canku, Diaspora, Lake Traverse, Orphans, Relatives, Montana, Canada, Fort Totten, Roles, Warriors, Fugitive
Women within the Dakota society were very highly organized and they were very strong.
Dr. Clifford Canku | Oral History
Theme: Culture and Values
Topics: Dakota Culture and Values, Dakota Social Structure
Keywords: Warrior, Spiritual Leader, Women
You know, you get a certain job and it fits like a glove
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Jobs
Keywords: Jobs
“God was talking to us. God was talking to us.”
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up
Keywords: Spirituality
The war doesn’t sound like it was very well planned out.
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Perspectives on 1862
Keywords: Gabriel Renville, Factionalism
“Makte sni , makte sni, damakota do, damakota do.”
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Family in 1862, Dakota Exile/Diaspora, Camp Release
Keywords: Camp Release, Marches, Treaties, Trials, March
The way it was written, the government never intended to pay us the full amount
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Treaties, U.S. Government
Keywords: Consequences
I can’t understand why they’re mad
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota and Settler Relationships, Dakota Land
Keywords: Trust, Land Loss, Germans, French, Traders, Attitudes
Everything that God created is a relative of ours
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: Culture and Values
Topics: Dakota Culture and Values
Keywords: Food, Philosophy
Sometimes getting rid of things doesn’t have the effect that you want
Walter LaBatte | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Fort Snelling
Keywords: Fort Snelling
Milford Monument
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Ways of Commemorating
Keywords: Milford
"We’re going to drive you all the way to the Rocky Mountains"
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Treaties, Dakota Social Structure, U.S. Government, Dakota Land
Keywords: Treaties, Dakota and U.S. Gov't, Land
The depth of the water is 3.8 feet
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862, Mankato Hangings
Keywords: Hangings
Common ground
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Inter-cultural Relationships
Keywords: Education, Religion
It would serve as a memorial to the people that were there
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862, Fort Snelling, Mankato Hangings
Keywords: Fort Snelling, Hangings
If I don’t break down some barriers, if I don’t tread some new paths...
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up, Dakota in White Systems, Education, Spirituality, Military, Dakota Language
Keywords: History, Prejudice, School, Military, Christianity, Ancestors, Language
They got some recompense, I guess
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Aftermath of 1862
Keywords: Dakota Factions, Lincoln, Hangings, Warrior, Christianity
Family roles were very structured and followed very closely
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Dakota History
Topics: Dakota Social Structure
Keywords: History, Roles
The ideal American doesn’t really exist; he’s a myth
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: U.S. Government, Assimilation, Dawes Act, American Indian Policy
Keywords: Dakota and U.S. Gov't, Assimilation, Dawes Act, American Indian Policy
“You guys can’t be in here; I own all the air in here”
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Dakota Land, Treaties, Immigration, U.S. Government
Keywords: Land, Settlers, Treaties, Encroachment, Dakota and U.S. Gov't
“I’ll die with you. Because I’m not a coward.”
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Causes of War, Little Crow
Keywords: Little Crow (Thaóyate Dúta)
Who you are is something nobody can take away from you
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Dakota Identity
Keywords: Warrior, Military, Honor
Lorenzo Lawrence (Towanetaton)
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Family in 1862, Lorenzo Lawrence (Towanetaton)
Keywords: Dakota Spirituality, Christianity, Military, Warrior
You don’t give up.
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: Education
Topics: Education
Keywords: School
Two ways of life were clashing
Dr. Elden Lawrence | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Causes of War, Factions
Keywords: Dakota Factions, Warrior, Christianity
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
It’s not good to dwell on but still it’s there, it’s there
Ed LaBelle | Oral History
Theme: Life Today
Topics: Dakota Life Today, Dakota Hopes for the Future
Keywords: undefined
Collateral Damage
Ed LaBelle | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Perspectives on 1862, U.S. Government
Keywords: Henry Sibley, Alexander Ramsey
The child believed, "who died?"
Ed LaBelle | Oral History
Theme: Growing Up
Topics: Growing Up Dakota, Dakota Culture and Values, Dakota Language, Boarding School, Christianity, Jobs
Keywords: Language, School, Spirituality, Christianity
Many contributions
Ed LaBelle | Oral History
Theme: Cultural Contributions to U.S.
Topics: Dakota Contributions to North America
Keywords: Medicine, Food, U.S Government
It was the worst thing that could have happened to the Dakotas in Minnesota
Ed LaBelle | Oral History
Theme: Shared History
Topics: Treaties, U.S. Government
Keywords: Treaties, Alexander Ramsey
They want us to forgive and we do forgive to a certain extent but we don’t forget.
Ed LaBelle | Oral History
Theme: 1862
Topics: Family in 1862, Aftermath of 1862
Keywords: Family, Aftermath

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