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Jodi Rave: Sharing tribal histories of Sacagawea


"Wanda Fox Sheppard sat beneath a tree-covered arbor with community members for a two-day tribute to a woman many Hidatsa call their relative.

Sheppard counts herself among the hundreds of Sacagawea descendants on the Fort Berthold Reservation, homeland of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

Sacagawea's Hidatsa descendants' voices, however, have mostly been unheard, unpublished. Many of her relatives have never been vocal, boastful or pushy about their relationship because she was simply another relative.

But others outside the community are hearing their story.

Thousands of Native and non-Natives heard the Hidatsa stories of Sacagawea during the Lewis and Clark bicentennial signature event, �Reunion at the Home of Sakakawea,� in August on Fort Berthold. The reunion was the second-to-last national commemoration to recognize the 1804-1806 expedition.

Several tribal citizens of Fort Berthold recounted stories about Sacagawea's life among the Hidatsa and Mandan. The one many are becoming familiar with is told by Bulls Eye, which was published in the Van Hook Reporter in April 1925."

Get the Story:
Correcting the story of Sacagawea (The Missoulian 9/3)

Relevant Links:
Jodi Rave - http://www.missoulian.com/jodirave

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