History of the Indians in Nobles, MN

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux lived along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border where they hunted, fished, and gathered for subsistence. As white settlers moved into the area a series of treaties was imposed on the Dakota-speaking Indians living there.

The Sisseton accepted the terms of the 1851 Traverse des Sioux Treaty, under which they were relegated to a small area. In 1862, they fled to Canada to escape the Minnesota Sioux War.

They returned and accepted the terms of a treaty signed at Enemy Swim Lake in 1863. This treaty forced the Sisseton to be split between the Lake Traverse and the Devil’s Lake Reservations, both of which were outside of Minnesota. The move was devastating to the Sisseton and many starved.

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