Tesla Model 3 Maiden Voyage – There Are No Wild Buffalo Anymore Pt 3 – Meeting Doug at Standing Rock

I arrived at the meeting early and was promptly greeted by Doug and the tribe’s lawyer. After quick introductions, they started to give me the background on what has transpired over the last four years. To do this effectively, we had to rewind all the way back to the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty in 1868. 

This was the (second) treaty signed between the Sioux Tribes and the US Government that decided how the territories of the Dakotas would be governed and controlled. In article two of the treaty, it was established that The Great Sioux Reservation would include areas of present day South Dakota west of the Missouri River, including the Black Hills. This was set aside for the “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Indians”. Making the total land area smaller and moving the tribes eastward, this was to “take away access to the prime buffalo herds that occupied the area and encourage the Sioux to become farmers.”

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