Plains Indians and Fort Laramie TreatyBy Shea Lyons and Brendan LePorte
CULTURE/WAY OF LIFE- The Great Plains Indians hunted mainly buffalo for a number of reasons. Not only did they use them for food, tools, and fur, but it also related to their religion.
CULTURE (cont.) - The Sun Dance was a sign of respect and love towards the Great Spirit which took four days.
ROLES OF GREAT PLAINS INDIANS - Men were assigned to hunt buffalo, while women were caretakers who made blankets. Some Great Plains Indians were shamans who healed.
FORT LARAMIE - Originally started in 1834 as a trading post, but it is well known for becoming a military post in 1849 during the western Indian Wars.
FORT LARAMIE TREATY - Native Americans were angered with whites because they interrupted them while they were in their reservations. Reservations were pieces of land set aside for Native Americans. In 1868, in an attempt to create peace between Great Plains Indians and whites, land was reserved for them in the Black Hills. However, whites still used the land for themselves after the treaty.