The Treaty with the Sioux, 1837
1) Read the Treaty with the Sioux, 1837. Go to
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Kappler/Vol2/treaties/sio0493.htm for the text of
2) Describe the territory ceded by the bands of the Sioux in this treaty. Be prepared
to draw the boundary line(s) on the map in class utilizing the instructor’s tablet
computer. Use the drawing function on your laptops to roughly ink in the line
that represents the portion of the United States given up by the Sioux in this
3) Why did the Sioux give up this land? List at least three reasons, with
accompanying analysis explaining why this cession was a rational decision on the
part of the Sioux.
The Treaty of Fort Laramie, 1851
1) Read the text of the Treaty of Fort Laramie, 1851. Find the text of the treaty at
2) Utilizing the current states of the United States, roughly describe in narrative
terms, what territory was left to the bands of the Sioux after the Treaty of Fort
Laramie of 1851. Again, using the drawing function on your computer, roughly
draw the area on the map above the area left for the Sioux to roam freely within.
3) Why would the bands of the Sioux agree to this annexation by the United States?
Put yourself in the place of a leader of the Oglala, why would you agree to this
theft of your land? List three high priority goals an Oglala leader might have had
in maintaining the area that was kept as sovereign territory by the Sioux people.
Treaty of Fort Laramie, 1868
1) Read the text of the treaty at www.helenamontana.com/LBH/FtLarTre.htm
2) With special attention to article two, roughly describe in narrative terms the area
left to the bands of the Sioux after the ratification of this treaty. Using the
drawing tools on your lap top, approximate the territory remaining to the Sioux
under this treaty on the map below.
3) Why did the Sioux agree to this treaty? Respond with at least one military and
“cultural” component to your answer.