A remarkable opportunity to interact and learn about the Oglala Lakota Sioux as Lakota presenters, youth, elders and storytellers relate history, thought and ritual. View rhythmic drum cadences and dancers. Explore the significance of the Sundance site and the sweat lodge as a spiritual and physical cleanser. Field trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, historic Fort Robinson in western Nebraska, sites of the 1868 Red Cloud Agency, Cheyenne outbreak and Wounded Knee Massacre, plus significant religious and cultural points of interest. Get an absorbing overview of reservation educational facilities and housing. Learn about the life, beliefs, talents, skills and traditions of the Lakota Sioux and their hopes for the future.
Picture yourself in the midst of fort life during the Indian wars from 1876 through 1890. Visit the sites of the first Indian War, the Grattan Fight, and the last, the Wounded Knee Massacre. Walk on the Red Cloud Indian Agency site, the site where Crazy Horse was fatally wounded, and the location from which Dull Knife led the Cheyenne Outbreak. Study sites built by the 9th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) and the role they played during the Ghost Dance of 1890. Explore the military history of Fort Robinson from early days as a military camp protecting the Agencies through WW II when it was a K-9 corps training center and a German POW camp.
Travel to some historical, as well as working ranches — meet ranching families. Enjoy Western Nebraska’s hospitality as you journey back to the time when early explorers created fur-trading posts, the U.S. Army built forts and Indian agencies, and settlers followed to establish ranches and settlements. See how ranches were established — the hardship, tragedy and loneliness mixed with adventure and vision. Study the history and establishment of rural schools, churches, railroads, towns, prairie justice and the importance of social and cultural growth. Learn of these courageous people – life and survival of today’s challenges. See ranches with value-added enterprises such as Bed & Breakfasts. A classroom, museum and field-trip adventure.
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