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Spirit Lake Reservation

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1867 Reservation established. Benson and Eddy counties

Historically referred to as the Devils Lake Sioux, the Spirit Lake Nation is comprised of Dakotah and Lakota people, including Sisseton, Wahpeton, and Yanktonai tribes. Their traditional lifestyle was nomadic and consisted of hunting bison, fishing, and farming along rivers, and residing in tepees. Established by treaty in 1867, the ninety-thousand-acre Spirit Lake Reservation in Benson and Eddy counties was administered from Fort Totten (BE3). There are currently 6,200 enrolled members, with many tribal members living on reservation lands.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Spirit Lake Reservation", [Saint Michael, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 116-116.

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