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  • South Dakota, in the northern Great Plains, has long been a place where cultures meet. Before the arrival of European Americans, various Native American peoples met and sometimes fought. The Arikaras met the Sioux tribes (the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota speaking peoples), who were migrating west from their original homes in Minnesota. Fur trappers entered the territory during the eighteenth century, as the French held nominal control (though little practical influence) in the region. For the most part, the fur trappers knew that it was in their best interest to cooperate with the Native Americans, as they were outnumbered in the extreme. The region became U.S. territory after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, but little changed aside from the nationality of the fur trappers. The ...

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