Part 3-American Indians of North Dakota (4th grade)

“Dakota" means “friend.” Thousands of people made up The Great Dakota Nation.They occupied parts of Minnesota, South Dakota and other areas west of the Mississippi River. The Chippewa Indians, enemies of the Dakota, called them “adders” (an adder is a type of snake). When the French traders tried to say this word in the Chippewa language, they could not say it correctly and it came out sounding like "Sioux" (soo). This name became commonly used for people of The Great Dakota Nation. The Chippewa had made friends with the French who gave them guns and helped them in their battles. In time, the Chippewa began pushing the Sioux people out of Minnesota and into North Dakota.The Great Dakota Nation—Lakota, Nakota, DakotaThe Great Dakota Nation was divided into three separate groups, each having its own culture and language patterns. The three groups were the Lakota (or Teton), Nakota (or Yankton), and Dakota (or Santee). A large northern area west of the Mississippi River was named after...

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Part 2-American Indians of North Dakota (4th Grade)

About 2,500 years ago, the people of the Woodland era appeared in North Dakota. These people came from the forests of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Woodland people hunted and gathered as the earlier groups had done and they got corn through trade. The Woodland people were the first people in North Dakota to make pottery.

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American Indians of North Dakota—Part 1 (4th grade)

North Dakota Studies at the State Historical Society of ND has recently revamped its units on “American Indians of North Dakota.” Well done!!

We plan to cover the highlights of this topic during the next year—especially for our American History teachers–first with grades 4 and 8 in ND and then adding information from other states. We won’t give you the entire load at once—but probably will keep feeding it out as we go through the year.

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The Incredible Shrinking Buffalo

The small party of Native American hunters were excited when they discovered a herd of bison grazing on open high prairie near some large hills connected by a steep ridge. The experienced and opportunistic hunters quickly noted that the terrain favored them. Several arroyos, perhaps 30 feet deep and a hundred feet wide at their mouths, cut into the crumbly red sedimentary siltstone that formed the base of one hill. These erosion features looked like possible escape routes to the bison, but their channels narrowed quickly so that they essentially became small box canyons. The hunters recognized that, if they were to drive their prey into the gullies, the walls would be too steep for the bison to climb and the animals would have no room to maneuver. The hunters could then get close enough to the large beasts and dispatch them with atlatl darts while standing safely on the rim of the arroyo. The Indians executed their plan, killed a number of bison and butchered them where they lay.The...

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NEWS ARTICLE

Mycoplasma bovis Task Force Meets

The Center of Excellence (COE) for Bison Studies led M. bovis Task Force met today to continue their work on gaining a better understanding of the virus and offering mitigation options.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov 2, 2022. Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Annual Bison Auction. Kansas.

Nov. 4-5, 2022. Texas Bison Association Fall Meeting. Canyon Texas. If you are in the meat business or looking at getting involved in meat sales. We have put together a solid agenda that will make the trip worthwhile.      We are also keeping the registration fee low ($50 per person) to … Learn More

Nov 5, 2022. 57th Annual Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction. Custer, SD. 10:00 am MST at Custer State Park. Buffalo located at CSP Corrals Details at Learn More

Nov 9, 2022. Antelope Island State Park Bison Webcast Auction. Syracuse, UT. Online Webcast Auction for Antelope Island State Park.

Nov 14, 2022. TNC Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Auction. Online.

Nov 16, 2022. 22nd Annual Brownotter Buffalo Auction. Online bidding begins to close at 2:00pm CST, Wednesday. Buffalo located in the heart of buffalo country, near Bullhead, SD (from McLaughlin SD, 10.5 miles south on Hwy 63, 17.5 miles west on BIA 4, and 8.5 miles north … Learn More

Nov 17, 2022. Jack Auction Group Online Auction. Online. Learn More

Nov 19, 2022. Coyote Trail Buffalo Ranch Simulcast Production Auction.

Nov 25-26, 2022. Minnesota Bison Association’s Bison Fundamentals Class and Legends of the Fall Auction. The MnBA will host its annual Bison Fundamentals Class on Friday in Albany, MN. Learn More

Nov 27, 2022. Rocking P Ranch Simulcast Production Auction.

Dec 1, 2022. Western Bison Association Meeting and Show & Sale. Ogden, Utah. Annual meeting and conferenence. Learn More

Dec 3, 2022. Kansas Buffalo Association 33rd Annual Sale. Salina, Kansas. At Farmers & Ranchers Livestock Commission Co., 1500 W Old Hwy 40 beginning at 11 a.m. For consignment information and ear tags call 888-282-4766 or 316-239-4148. Learn More

Dec 6, 2022. Northern Range Buffalo Simulcast Consignment Auction. Sturgis, SD. Online.

Dec 15, 2022. Jack Auction Group Online Auction. Learn More


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