Focus on Treaties for Native American Heritage Month
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Meeting on Fort Laramie Treaty (1868)



Indian Peace Commission members meet with Sioux Nation leaders at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, in 1868. In the resulting Fort Laramie Treaty, the U.S. government promised that the Great Sioux Reservation (which included the Black Hills) would be set aside "for the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Sioux." However, after gold was discovered in the region, the U.S. government seized the land in 1877.

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