History of the Indians in Nobles, MN
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux lived along the Minnesota-Wisconsin
border where they hunted, fished, and gathered for subsistence. As white
settlers moved into the area a series of treaties was imposed on the
Dakota-speaking Indians living there.
The Sisseton accepted the terms of the 1851 Traverse des Sioux Treaty, under
which they were relegated to a small area. In 1862, they fled to Canada to
escape the Minnesota Sioux War.
They returned and accepted the terms of a treaty signed at Enemy Swim Lake in
1863. This treaty forced the Sisseton to be split between the Lake
Traverse and the Devilís Lake Reservations, both of which were outside of
Minnesota. The move was devastating to the Sisseton and many starved.
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