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The Treaty Story

The Treaty Story

That's right. In fact, the Ho Chunk and Menominee reservations were never established.

Minnesota became a territory in 1849. White settlers were eager to establish homesteads on the fertile frontier. Pressured by traders and threatened with military force, the Dakota were forced to cede nearly all their land in Minnesota and eastern Dakota in the 1851 treaties of Traverse des Sioux and Mendota.