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Sac and Fox
The name Sauk is from the tribe's own name Osa'kiwug, "people of the outlet." It is also interpreted as "people of the yellow earth," distinguishing them from the Fox people whose real name is Meshkwa kihug, "red earth people," the two tribes were originally independent, though closely related in culture and language.
Both tribes are Eastern Woodland people from the Great Lakes region. When the French and other tribes began to encroach on their lands, the Sac and Fox formed an alliance. Pushed west, the tribes settled in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, mainly along the Mississippi. During the American Revolution, some fought with the British. When the Missouri band ceded all their land east of the Mississippi River, Sauk war chief Black Hawk rebelled; the Black Hawk War resulted. Though defeated, he went on to dictate a powerful autobiography. By treaties, and under leadership of Chief Keokuk, the tribe bought a reservation in Kansas in 1842; in 1867 they sold it and bought a large reservation in Indian Territory. In 1885, they organized the Sac and Fox Nation, establishing a court system and a strong government. The Mokohoko band were last to move to the new land from Kansas and Iowa. In 1890-91, the tribe took allotments and on September 22, 1891 their "surplus" lands were opened to homesteaders by a land run. Maintaining a strong government, they have re-established the first complete tribal court system in Oklahoma.
Know for conservatism, they resisted the influence of white culture and missionaries. After moving to Indian Territory, many lived in bark (summer) and cattail (winter) homes. Today, eleven different clans still observe ceremonials. The Swan or Crane dance, danced by tribesmen on the shores of the Great Lakes over 300 years ago, is an annual event at the July powwow near Stroud.
Landmarks-The Old Sac and Fox Agency Brick Vault, Jim Thorpe Home, Sac and Fox National Public Library/Archives.
and Fox Archivist
Linda Simpson- Archivist-Indian Nations/Indian Territory
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