The Standing Rock Reservation, along with other Lakota Sioux Agencies, was originally created in 1851 at the Fort Laramie Treaty Council, which included in it permanently unceded lands and promises for financial aid in exchange for peace on the Overland Trail. This treaty would be abrogated in the early 1860s by a mineral rush in the Black Hills, opening a long, complex, and often tragic history of relations between the United States and the Hunkpapa, Oglala, Bad Face, Miniconjou, and Sans Arc bands of the Lakota. Recent protests at Standing Rock – concerning the passage of the North Dakota Pipeline under the Missouri River – have once more brought the Lakota and their long history to the center of recent public attention. At the same time it has presented the United States federal government with a unique ethical quandary, and an opportunity – if seized – to positively reverse the course of American Indian Policy history.
Aaron David Hyams is a Visiting Assistant Professor of American History at Sam Houston State University. He was born and raised in Billings, Montana, and in 2016 received a Ph.D. in American History from Marquette University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His work focuses back on his native state of Montana, and the role played by Christian Missionaries, intermarried cultural mediators, traders, and other brokers of culture in forging Montana as a cultural middle ground between the worlds of Euroamerican settlers, Native inhabitants, and Canadian First Nation immigrants.
Date(s) - May 7, 2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am