Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
May 5 - 21, 2004

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 May 11, 2004 - Pierre, SD to Bismarck, ND. At Mobridge, SD we find the second and final grave of Sitting Bull, once chief of the Lakotas. He was killed in 1890, during a time the Sioux were trying to revive their old ways by indulging in Ghost Dances, against the orders of the government. His death was at Fort Yates, ND. Later, after Fort Yates had been abandoned some residents of Mobridge asked his relatives if it was okay to bury him closer to his birthplace. they were given permission as long as he did not leave the Standing Rock Reservation. This was complied with and at the new site he was encased in concrete, with a column above his body supporting his bust. Here he looks down his beloved Missouri River. ok

A member of the Corps of Discovery also has  two burial sites. A book written in the early 1900s claimed Sakakawea (we are in ND as I write this) died in 1888 and is buried on the Wind River Reservation. since that writing new journals have come to light which suggest she actually died in 1812 at Fort Manuel a fur-trading post on the Missouri River, near modern Kemel, SD,

Fort Abraham Lincoln was a delight. Corporal Johnson marched us into the commissary, put us all at attention and explained the significance of this fort. In this scenario it is 1875, and when someone asked about the Battle of Little Big Horn, corporal Johnson said: "What battle?

The corporal took us thru General Custer's house and encouraged our own Eleanor Hire to play the piano.

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