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[–]beltalowda 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

Is Lakotah shaped that way because it's in a watershed? I've always thought it seemed weird that the US didn't draw state borders based on watersheds.

[–]magnora7[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

I think it's because that's the tribe's native land as they defined it. They tracked buffalo so they needed the land to be able to follow the herds of buffalo around.

Here's the water basins in the US: https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/web/102583_web.jpg

It kind of roughly correlates to the Missouri basin, but not really.

Here's the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Fort_Laramie_(1851)

It says the treaty was violated because one tribe attacked another tribe that were supposed to share the land, 9 native nations participated in the contract. But broke it almost immediately by attacking each other, apparently.

[–]beltalowda 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yeah, you're right, the Missouri basin sort of correlates, but not really a perfect match. Hunting buffalo makes a lot of sense. Thanks! :)