July 10, 2012

Upper Sioux Community


Brief Summary:


Official Tribal Name: Upper Sioux Community

Address:  PO Box 147, 5722 Travelers Lane, Granite Falls, Minnesota

Official Website: http://www.uppersiouxcommunity-nsn.gov/ 

Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

Traditional Name / Traditional Meaning:

Dakota Oyate
Pejuhutazizi Oyate

Common Name / Meaning of Common Name:

Dakota is commonly reported to mean “friend or ally” in English. This is actually incorrect. The real definition of Lakota is “those who consider themselves kindred.” The Da syllable in Dakota means “like (or related) [to Lakota].”

Dakotah derives from the word ‘WoDakotah,” meaning “harmony – a condition of being at peace with oneself and in harmony with one another and with nature. A condition of lifestyle patterned after the natural order of nature.”

Dakotah is the preferred spelling. See this detailed explanation of Sioux Names.

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Region:Great Plains

State(s) Today:  Minnesota

Traditional Territory:

The land called Pejuhutazizi Kapi (The place where they dig for yellow medicine) has been the homeland for the Upper Sioux, the Dakota Oyate (Nation), for thousands of years. They have always occupied this area bordering the Minnesota River Valley, with the exception of a short period of time in the late 1800s following the US/Dakota Conflict of 1862. At that time they were either exterminated, forcibly moved to reservations elsewhere, or fled to avoid harm.

Confederacy:  Great Sioux Nation


Reservation: Upper Sioux Community

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Registered Population Today:

 453 tribal members

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Name of Governing Body:  Board of Trustees
Number of Council members:   5
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Staggered 4 year terms 

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Legends / Oral Stories:

 Create your own reality
Lakota Star Legends
Legend of the Talking Feather
The End of the World according to Lakota legend
The Legend of Devil’s Tower
The White Buffalo Woman
Tunkasila, Grandfather Rock
Unktomi and the arrowheads

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Religion & Spiritual Beliefs:

The Sioux Drum

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Wedding Customs



Sioux Chiefs & Famous People:

Arthur Amiotte, (Oglala Lakota)-Painter, Sculptor, Author, Historian  

Bryan Akipa, flutist (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)

Catastrophic Events:

Tribe History:

Descendants Remember Battle of Little Big Horn 

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