Owancatowin
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GPX Navigators
N 43° 32.079 W 096° 47.484
14T E 678452 N 4822559
Quick Description: In 1869, 11 Native American families left Niobrara, Neb., without their reservation agent's permission. They walked 140 miles, to what is now Flandreau, to homestead.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2006 3:14:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMG9D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 26

Long Description:
In 1869, 11 Native American families left Niobrara, Neb., without their reservation agent's permission. They walked 140 miles, to what is now Flandreau, to homestead. They had already scouted it out to come up here and settle, and one of the reasons they were leaving Niobrara was because they were the Christianized Santee, and they were being ostracized by the traditional Santee. The Santee got homesteads as permitted by the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, but they had to renounce their tribal affiliation so they could apply for the homestead as American citizens.


The 25 to 29 travelers got caught in a blizzard at Sioux Falls as they made their way north. Soldiers Fort Dakota gave the families refuge from a blizzard that threatened the weary travelers. Her husband covered Owancatowin, or Blue All Over, with snow and a blanket when she became too tired to continue. He went for help and upon his return she was missing and later found nearby frozen to death.

Marker Name: Owancatowin

Marker Type: City

Marker Text: Not listed

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