Treaty with The Sioux - Miniconjou Band
October 10, 1865
Articles of a treaty made and concluded at Fort Sully,
in the Territory of Dakota, by and between Newton Edmunds,
governor and ex-officio superintendent of Indian affairs of
Dakota Territory; Edward B. Taylor, superintendent of Indian
affairs for the northern superintendency; Major-General S.
R. Curtis, Brigadier-General H. H. Sibley, Henry W. Reed,
and Orin Guernsey, commissioners on the part of the United
States, duly appointed by the President, and the undersigned
chiefs and head-men of the Minneconjon band of Dakota or Sioux
The Minneconjon band of Dakota or Sioux Indians, represented
in council, hereby acknowledge themselves to be subject to
the exclusive jurisdiction and authority of the United States,
and hereby obligate and bind themselves individually and collectively,
not only to cease all hostilities against the persons and
property of its citizens, but to use their influence, and,
if requisite, physical force, to prevent other bands of the
Dakota or Sioux, or other adjacent tribes, from making hostile
demonstrations against the Government or people of the United
Inasmuch as the Government of the United States is desirous
to arrest the effusion of blood between the Indian tribes
within its jurisdiction hitherto at war with each other, the
Minneconjon band of Dakotas or Sioux, represented in council,
anxious to respect the wishes of the Government, hereby agree
and bind themselves to discontinue for the future all attacks
upon the persons or property of other tribes, unless first
assailed by them, and to use their influence to promote peace
everywhere in the region occupied or frequented by them.
All controversies or differences arising between the Minneconjon
band of Dakotas or Sioux, represented in council, and other
tribes of Indians, involving the question of peace or war,
shall be submitted to the arbitrament of the President, or
such person or persons as may be designated by him, and the
decision or award faithfully observed by the said band represented
The said band, represented in council, shall withdraw from
the routes overland already established or hereafter to be
established through their country; and in consideration thereof
the Government of the United States agree to pay the said
band the sum of ten thousand dollars annually for twenty years,
in such articles as the Secretary of the Interior may direct:
Provided, That said band, so represented in council, shall
faithfully conform to the requirements of this treaty.
Should any individual or individuals or portion of the band
of the Minneconjon band of Dakotas or Sioux, represented in
council, desire hereafter to locate permanently upon any part
of the lands claimed by the said band for the purpose [of]
agricultural or other pursuits, it is hereby agreed by the
parties to this treaty that such individual or individuals
shall be protected in such location against any annoyance
or molestation on the part of whites or Indians.
Any amendment or modification of this treaty by the Senate
of the United States shall be considered final and binding
upon the said band, represented in council, as a part of this
treaty, in the same manner as if it had been subsequently
presented and agreed to by the chiefs and head-men of said
In testimony whereof, the Commissioners on the part of the
United States, and the chiefs and headmen of the said Minneconjon
band of Dakota or Sioux, have hereunto set their hands, this
tenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five,
after the contents had previously been read, interpreted,
and explained to the said chiefs and headmen.
- Newton Edmunds,
- Edward B. Taylor,
- S. R. Curtis, Major-General,
- H. H. Sibley, Brigadier-General,
- Henry W. Reed,
- Orrin Guernsey,
Commissioners on the part of the United States.
- Ha-wah-zee-dan, The Lone Horn, his x mark, 1st chief.
- Tah-ke-chah-hoosh-tay, The Lame Deer, his x mark, 1st chief.
- Kee-yam-e-i-a, One that flies when going, his mark, chief.
- Ha-il-o-kah-chah-skah, White Young Bull, his x mark, chief.
- Ke-yar-cum-pee, Give him Room, his x mark, chief.
- Ha-har-skah-kah, Long Horn, his x mark, chief.
- He-han-we-chak-chah, The Old Owl, his x mark, chief.
- Wah-chee-ha-skah, White Feather, his x mark, chief.
- Tah-ton-kah-wak-kanto, The High Bull, his x mark, soldier.
- Mah-to-chat-kah, The Left-handed Bear, his x mark, soldier.
- Chan-wah-pa, The Tree in Leaf, his x mark, soldier.
- To-kalla-doo-tah, The Red Fox, his x mark, soldier.
- Cha-tan-sappah, The Black Hawk, his x mark, soldier.
- Muck-a-pee-ah-to, The Blue Cloud, his x mark.
Signed by the Commissioners on the part of the United States,
and by the chiefs and headmen, after the treaty had been fully
read, interpreted, and explained in our presence:
- A. W. Hubbard, M. C. Sixth district Iowa.
- S. S. Curtis, Major Second Colorado Cavalry, Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel U. S. Volunteers.
- Chas. C. G. Thornton, Lieutenant-Colonel Fourth U. S. Volunteers.
- E. F. Ruth, Secretary of Commission.
- R. R. Hitt, Reporter of Commission.
- Thos. D. Maurice, Late Major First Missouri Light Artillery.
- W. Mott, Captain and C. S.
- Zephier Rencontre, his x mark, interpreter.
- Charles Degres, his x mark, interpreter.
The following chiefs came into council on the 20th Oct. and
desired to sign the treaty. They are represented as always
friendly to the whites, and have, therefore, been away from
most of the tribe.
- Hah-sah-ne-na-maza, One Iron Horse, his x mark.
- To-kio-wi-chack-a-ta, The One that Kills the First on Hand, his x mark.
- S. S. Curtis, Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel U. S. Volunteers.
- Hez. L. Hosmer, Chief Justice of Montana Territory.
- Charles Degres, his x mark.
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