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see SiouxSioux
or Dakota,
confederation of Native North American tribes, the dominant group of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock, which is divided into several separate branches (see Native American languages).
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a group of Indian tribes in North America that speak Siouan languages. During the 16th century they inhabited the Great Lakes region, engaging in hoe farming, wild-rice gathering, and hunting. In the 17th century they were driven westward into the plains region by the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribes. In the process of migrating, they broke up into several tribes and groups; although differing in social and economic relationships, these tribes and groups formed a confederation, the Seven Council Fires. During the latter half of the 19th century the lands of the Dakota were seized by colonizers, and the Dakota themselves were forced to live on reservations in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The modern Dakota are greatly assimilated, practice farming, and work as hired hands. Population is approximately 30,000 (1967, estimate).


Narody Ameriki, vol. 1. Moscow, 1959.
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a former territory of the US: divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889
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Bus service for Fargo, North Dakota, and neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota, was suspended Thursday afternoon because of worsening road conditions.
confinement and relocation of native peoples in the American Southeast and the approach ABCFM missionaries had taken among the Dakotas for twenty-five years prior to the war.
Although domestic felines were documented as a portion of cougar diet, domestic livestock species (i.e., cattle, sheep, horses) were not consumed despite their relatively high abundance throughout the Dakotas. It is possible that livestock operations were avoided by cougars because of husbandry techniques and an association with humans.
First Nations leaders across Saskatchewan and Manitoba are dismayed over the federal government's recent offer to buy out the treaty rights of Dakota Sioux in those provinces.