Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)
|Signed||April 29 – November 6, 1868[a]|
|Location||Fort Laramie, Wyoming|
|Negotiators||Indian Peace Commission|
|Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 at Wikisource|
The Treaty of Fort Laramie (also the Sioux Treaty of 1868[b]) is an agreement between the United States and the Oglala, Miniconjou, and Brulé bands of Lakota people, Yanktonai Dakota and Arapaho Nation, following the failure of the first Fort Laramie treaty, signed in 1851.
The treaty is divided into 17 articles. It established the Great Sioux Reservation including ownership of the Black Hills, and set aside additional lands as "unceded Indian territory" in the areas of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska, and possibly Montana.[c] It established that the US government would hold authority to punish not only white settlers who committed crimes against the tribes but also tribe members who committed crimes and were to be delivered to the government, rather than to face charges in tribal courts. It stipulated that the government would abandon forts along the Bozeman Trail and included a number of provisions designed to encourage a transition to farming and to move the tribes "closer to the white man's way of life." The treaty protected specified rights of third parties not partaking in the negotiations and effectively ended Red Cloud's War. That provision did not include the Ponca, who were not a party to the treaty and so had no opportunity to object when the American treaty negotiators “inadvertently” broke a separate treaty with the Ponca by unlawfully selling the entirety of the Ponca Reservation to the Lakota, pursuant to Article II of this treaty. The United States never intervened to return the Ponca land. Instead, the Lakota claimed the Ponca land as their own and set about attacking and demanding tribute from the Ponca until 1876, when US President Ulysses S. Grant chose to resolve the situation by unilaterally ordering the Ponca removed to the Indian Territory. The removal, known as the Ponca Trail of Tears, was carried out by force the following year and resulted in over 200 deaths.
The treaty was negotiated by members of the government-appointed Indian Peace Commission and signed between April and November 1868 at and near Fort Laramie, in the Wyoming Territory, with the final signatories being Red Cloud himself and others who accompanied him. Animosities over the agreement arose quickly, with neither side fully honoring the terms. Open war again broke out in 1876, and the US government unilaterally annexed native land protected under the treaty in 1877.
The treaty formed the basis of the 1980 Supreme Court case, United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians, in which the court ruled that tribal lands covered under the treaty had been taken illegally by the US government, and the tribe was owed compensation plus interest. As of 2018 this amounted to more than $1 billion. The Sioux have refused the payment, demanding instead the return of their land.
The first Treaty of Fort Laramie, signed in 1851, attempted to resolve disputes between tribes and the US Government, as well as among tribes themselves, in the modern areas of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. It set out that the tribes would make peace among one another, allow for certain outside access to their lands (for activities such as travelling, surveying, and the construction of some government outposts and roads), and that tribes would be responsible for wrongs committed by their people. In return, the US Government would offer protection to the tribes, and pay an annuity of $50,000 per year.
No land covered by the treaty was claimed by the US at the time of signing. The five “respective territories” of the participating tribes – Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyenne, Crow, Assiniboine, Arikara, Hidatsa[d] and Mandan – were defined. North of the Sioux, the Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan held a joint territory. The territory of the Crows extended westward from that of their traditional enemies: 103, 105, 134–6 in the Sioux tribe. The Powder River divided the two lands.: 595
The 1851 treaty had a number of shortcomings which contributed to the deterioration of relations, and subsequent violence over the next several years. From an inter-tribal view, the lack of any “enforcement provisions” protecting the 1851 boundaries proved a drawback for the Crow and the Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan.: 87 The federal government never kept its obligation to protect tribal resources and hunting grounds, and only made a single payment toward the annuity.
Although the federal government operated via representative democracy, the tribes did so through consensus, and although local chiefs signed the treaty as representatives, they had limited power to control others who themselves had not consented to the terms. This of course is impossible to confirm as the Indians had no writing and hence no way of recording their political philosophy. The discovery of gold in the west, and the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, led to substantially increased travel through the area, largely outside the 1851 Sioux territory. This increasingly led to clashes between the tribes, settlers, and the US government, and eventually open war between the Sioux (and the Cheyenne and Arapaho refugees from the Sand Creek massacre in Colorado, 1864): 168–70 and the whites in 1866.
None of the other tribes signing the 1851 treaty engaged in battle with the US soldiers,: LVII : 54 : 161 : xi and most allied the Army.: 91 : 127 : 161 : 129 With the 1851 intertribal peace soon broken,: 572–3 : 226, 228 : 103 : 119, 125–140, 178 the Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan called for US military support against raiding Sioux Indians in 1855.: 106 By summer 1862, the three tribes had abandoned all their permanent villages of earth lodges in the treaty territory south of the Missouri, which was now under Sioux control, and lived together in Like-a-Fishhook Village north of the river.: 108 : 408
In the mid-1850s, the western Sioux bands crossed the Powder River and entered the Crow treaty territory.: 340 Sioux chief Red Cloud organized a war party against a Crow camp at the mouth of Rosebud River in 1856.: 119–124 Despite the Crows fighting "... large-scale battles with invading Sioux" near present-day Wyola in Montana,: 84 the Sioux had taken over the western Powder River area by 1860.: 127
In 1866 the United States Department of the Interior called on tribes to negotiate safe passage through the Bozeman Trail, while the United States Department of War moved Henry B. Carrington, along with a column of 700 men into the Powder River Basin, sparking Red Cloud's War. However, most of the wagon track to the city of Bozeman “crossed land guaranteed to the Crows under the 1851 treaty”[e] “... the Sioux attacked the United States anyway, claiming the Yellowstone was now their land.”: 89 Red Cloud’s war “... appeared to be a great Sioux war to protect their land. And it was – but the Sioux had only recently conquered this land from other tribes and now defending the territory both from other tribes”: 116 and the passing through of whites.: 170, note 13 : 408 : 46 : 20 During the war, the Crows sided with the soldiers in the isolated garrisons.: 91 : 67 Crow warrior Wolf Bow urged the Army to, “Put the Sioux Indians in their own country, and keep them from troubling us.”: 69
After losing resolve to continue the war, following defeat in the Fetterman Fight, sustained guerrilla warfare by the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho, exorbitant rates for freight through the area, and difficulty finding contractors to work the rail lines, the US Government, organized the Indian Peace Commission to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities. A peace counsel chosen by the government arrived on April 19, 1868, at Fort Laramie, in what would later become the state of Wyoming. The outcome would be the second treaty of Fort Laramie Treaty, signed in 1868.: 2
The treaty was laid out in a series of 17 articles:
Article one called for the cessation of hostilities, stating "all war between the parties to this agreement shall for ever [sic] cease." If crimes were committed by "bad men" among white settlers, the government agreed to arrest and punish the offenders, and reimburse any losses suffered by injured parties. The tribes agreed to turn over criminals among them, any "bad men among the Indians," to the government for trial and punishment, and to reimburse any losses suffered by injured parties. If any Sioux committed “a wrong or depredation upon the person or property on any one, white, black, or Indians” the US could pay damages taken from the annuities owed the tribes.: 998 These terms effectively relinquished the authority of the tribes to punish crimes committed against them by white settlers.: 37
Similar provisions appeared in nine such treaties with various tribes. In practice, the "bad men among the whites" clause was seldom enforced. The first plaintiff to win a trial case on the provision did so in 2009, based on the 1868 Fort Laramie treaty.: 2521
In 1873, the US exercised the right to withhold annuities and compensate for Sioux wrongs against anyone, including Indians. After a massacre on a moving Pawnee camp during a legal Sioux hunting expedition in Nebraska,[f]: 53–7 : 41  the Sioux “were made to pay reparations for the loss of life, meat, hides, equipment, and horses stolen...”: 46 The Pawnee received $9,000.: 139 : 154
Article two of the treaty changed the boundaries for tribal land and established the Great Sioux Reservation, to include areas of present day South Dakota west of the Missouri River, including the Black Hills. This was set aside for the "absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Indians". In total, it allocated about 25% of the Dakota Territory as it existed at the time.: 4 It made the total tribal lands smaller, and moved them further eastward. This was to "take away access to the prime buffalo herds that occupied the area and encourage the Sioux to become farmers.": 2
The government agreed that no parties, other than those authorized by the treaty, would be allowed to "pass over, settle upon, or reside in the territory". According to one source writing on article two, "What remained unstated in the treaty, but would have been obvious to Sherman and his men, is that land not placed in the reservation was to be considered United States property, and not Indian territory.": 37–8
As in 1851, the US recognized most of the land north of the Sioux reservation as Indian territory of the Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan.[g]: 594 [h] In addition, the US still recognized the 1851 Crow claim to the Indian territory west of the Powder. The Crow and the US came to an agreement about this expanse on May 7, 1868.[i]: 1008–11 : 92
With the reservation border following “the northern line of Nebraska”, the Peace Commission ceded to the Sioux the little Ponca reservation, which had already been guaranteed the Ponca in multiple treaties with the government.[j]: 836–7 “No one has ever been able to explain” this blunder, which was nonetheless enforced by the government, irrespective of their earlier agreements.: 21
Article three provided for allotments of up to 160 acres (65 ha) of tillable land to be set aside for farming by members of the tribes.: 15 By 1871, 200 farms of 80 acres (32 ha) and 200 farms of 40 acres (16 ha) had been established including 80 homes. By 1877, this had risen to 153 homes "50 of which had shingle roofs and most had board floors" according to an 1876 report by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.: 15
The government agreed to build a number of buildings on the reservation:
- Agency building
- Physician residence
- Carpenter residence
- Farmer residence
- Blacksmith residence
- Miller residence
- Engineer residence
- School house
- Saw mill
Article four also provided for the establishment of an agency on the reservation for the purpose of government administration. In practice, five were constructed and two more later added. These original five were composed of the Grand River Agency (Later Standing Rock), Cheyenne River Agency, Whetstone Agency, Crow Creek Agency, and Lower Brulé Agency. Another would later be set up on the White River, and again on the North Platte River, but would later be moved to also be on the White.: 5–6
Articles V through X
The government agreed that the agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs shall keep his office open to complaints, which he will investigate and forward to the Commissioner. The decision of the Commissioner, subject to review by the Secretary of the Interior, "shall be binding on the parties".
Article six laid out provisions for members of the tribes to take legal individual ownership of previously commonly held land, up to 320 acres (130 ha) for the heads of families, and 80 acres (32 ha) for any adult who was not the head of a family.: 5  This land then "may be occupied and held in the exclusive possession of the person selecting it, and of his family, so long as he or they may continue to cultivate it."
Article seven addressed education for those aged six to 16, in order, as the treaty states, to "insure the civilization of the Indians entering into this treaty".: 5  The tribes agreed to compel both male and females to attend school, and the government agreed to provide a schoolhouse and teacher for every 30 students who could be made to attend.
In article eight, the government agreed to provide seeds, tools, and training for any of the residents who selected tracts of land, and agreed to farm them. This was to be in the amount of up to $100 dollars worth for the first year, and up to $25 worth for the second and third years. These were one of a number of provisions of the treaty designed to encourage farming, rather than hunting, and move the tribes "closer to the white man's way of life.": 44
After 10 years the government may withdraw the individuals from article 13, but if so, will provide $10,000 annually "devoted to the education of said Indians ... as will best promote the education and moral improvement of said tribes." These are to be managed by a local Indian agent under the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
Article 10 provided for an allotment of clothes, and food, in addition to one "good American cow" and two oxen for each lodge or family who moved to the reservation.: 5  It further provided for an annual payment over 30 years of $10 for each person who hunted, and $20 for those who farmed, to be used by the Secretary of the Interior for the "purchase of such articles as from time to time the condition and necessities of the Indians may indicate to be proper."
Article 11 included several provisions stating the tribes agreed to withdraw opposition to the construction of railroads (mentioned three times), military posts and roads, and will not attack or capture white settlers or their property. The same guarantee protected third parties defined as “persons friendly” with the United States.: 1002 The government agreed to reimburse the tribes for damages caused in the construction of works on the reservation, in the amount assessed by "three disinterested commissioners" appointed by the President. It guaranteed the tribes access to the area to the north and west of the Black Hills[k] as hunting grounds, "so long as the buffalo may range thereon in such numbers as to justify the chase.": 4
As one source examined the treaty language with regard to "so long as the buffalo may range", the tribes considered this language to be a perpetual guarantee, because "they could not envision a day when buffalo would not roam the plains"; however:
The concept was clear enough to the commissioners … [who] well knew that hide hunters, with Sherman’s blessing, were already beginning the slaughter that would eventually drive the Indians to complete dependence on the government for their existence.
Despite Sioux promises of undisturbed construction of railroads and no attacks, more than 10 surveying crew members, US Army Indian scouts and soldiers were killed in 1872: 49 : 11, 13–4 : 61 and 1873.: 532–4 [l]
Because of the Sioux massacre on the Pawnee in southern Nebraska during a hunting expedition in 1873, the US banned such hunts outside the reservation. Thus, the US decision nullified a part of Article XI.: 8
Article 12 required the agreement of "three-fourths of all the adult male Indians" for a treaty with the tribes to "be of any validity".: 44 Hedren reflected on article 12 writing that the provision indicated the government "already anticipated a time when different needs would demand the abrogation of the treaty terms.": 5 These provisions have since been controversial, because subsequent treaties amending that of 1868 did not include the required agreement of three-fourths of adult males, and so under the terms of 1868, are invalid.: 2 [m]
Articles XIII through XV
The government agreed to provide $100 in prizes for those who "in the judgment of the agent may grow the most valuable crops for the respective year." Once the promised buildings were constructed, the tribes agreed to regard the reservation as their "permanent home" and make "no permanent settlement elsewhere".
Article 16 stated that country north of the North Platte River and east of the summits of the Big Horn Mountains would be "unceded Indian territory" that no white settlers could occupy without the consent of the tribes. This included 33,000,000 acres (13,000,000 ha) of land outside the reservation which were previously set aside by the 1851 treaty, as well as around an additional 25,000,000 acres (10,000,000 ha).: 268 As part of this, the government agreed to close the forts associated with the Bozeman Trail. Article 16 did not however, address issues related to important hunting grounds north and northwest of the reservation.: 5 The Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan held the treaty right to the bigger part of those hunting grounds according to the 1851 treaty.[n]: 594 : map facing p. 112 With the 1868 treaty, the Sioux ceded land to the US directly north of the reservation.[o]
This article proclaims the shift of the Indian title to the land east of the summits of the Big Horn Mountains to Powder River (the combat zone of Red Cloud’s War). In 1851, the US had acknowledged the claim of the Crow to this area.: 595 Following defeat, the Peace Commission recognized it as “unceded Indian territory” held by the Sioux. The US Government could only dispose of Crow treaty territory, because it held parallel negotiations with the Crow tribe. The talks ended on May 7, 1868.: 92 The Crows accepted to give up large tracts of land to the US[p] and settle on a reservation in the heart of the 1851 territory.[q]: 1008–1011 : 99
It was possible for the Peace Commission to allow the Sioux to hunt on the Republican Fork in Nebraska (200 miles south of the Sioux reservation) along with others, because the US held the title to this river area. The Cheyenne and Arapaho had ceded the western part of the Republican Fork in 1861 in a more-or-less well-understood treaty.: 48  The US had bought the eastern part of the Republican Fork from the Pawnee in 1833. The Pawnee held a treaty right to hunt in their ceded territory.: 416 : 84 In 1873, the Massacre Canyon battle took place here.[r]
The treaty, as agreed to "shall be construed as abrogating and annulling all treaties and agreements heretofore entered into."
Over the course of 192 days ending November 6, the treaty was signed by a total of 156 Sioux, and 25 Arapaho, in addition to the commissioners, and an additional 34 signatories as witnesses. Although the commissioners signed the document on April 29 along with the Brulé, the party broke up in May, with only two remaining at Fort Laramie to conclude talks there, before traveling up the Missouri River to gather additional signatures from tribes elsewhere.: 44 Throughout this process, no further amendments were made to the terms. As one writer phrased it, "the commissioners essentially cycled Sioux in and out of Fort Laramie ... seeking only the formality of the chiefs' marks and forgoing true agreement in the spirit that the Indians understood it.": 2537–8
Following initial negotiations, those from the Peace Commission did not discuss the conditions of the treaty to subsequent tribes who arrived over the following months to sign. Rather, the treaty was read aloud, and it was permitted "some time for the chiefs to speak" before "instructing them to place their marks on the prepared document.": 44 As the source continues:
These tribes had little interest in or understanding of what had taken place at the Fort Laramie councils. They wanted the whites out of their country and would fight as long as necessary.: 44
The process of abandoning the forts associated with the Bozeman Trail, as part of the conditions agreed to, proved to be a long process, and was stalled by difficulty arranging the sale of the goods from the fort to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fort C.F. Smith was not emptied until July 29. Fort Phil Kearny and Fort Reno were not emptied until August 1. Once abandoned, Red Cloud and his followers, who had been monitoring the activities of the troops rode down and burned what remained.: 45–6
The peace commission dissolved on October 10 after presenting its report to Congress, which among other things, recommended the government "cease to recognize the Indian tribes as domestic dependent nations," and that no further "treaties shall be made with any Indian tribe.": 46 William Dye, the commander at Fort Laramie was left to represent the commission, and met with Red Cloud, who was among the last to sign the treaty on November 6.: 3 : 46 The government remained unwilling to negotiate the terms further, and after two days, Red Cloud is reported to have "washed his hands with the dust of the floor" and signed, formally ending the war.: 46
The US Senate ratified the treaty on February 16, 1869.: 1
Notable signatories presented in the order they signed are as follows. Two exceptions are included. Henderson was a commissioner, but did not sign the treaty. Red Cloud was among the last to sign, but is listed here out-of-order along with the other Oglala.
- Nathaniel Green Taylor, Commissioner of Indian Affairs
- William Tecumseh Sherman, lieutenant general, US Army[s]
- William S. Harney, Brevet major general, US Army
- John B. Sanborn, former brevet major general of volunteers, and former member of a previous peace commission organized by Alfred Sully
- Samuel F. Tappan, journalist, abolitionist, and activist who rose to prominence after investigating the Sand Creek massacre
- Christopher C. Augur, Brevet Major General, and commander of the Department of the Platte[t]
- Alfred Terry, Brevet major general, US Army
- John B. Henderson, US Senator and Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs[u]
Chiefs and headmen
- Black Bear
- Black Coal
- Sorrel Horse
Aftermath and legacy
Although the treaty required the consent of three-fourths of the men of the tribes, many did not sign or recognize the results. Others would later complain that the treaty contained complex language that was not well explained in order to avoid arousing suspicion.: 1–2 Yet others would not fully learn the terms of the agreement until 1870, when Red Cloud returned from a trip to Washington D.C.: 47
The treaty overall, and in comparison with the 1851 agreement, represented a departure from earlier considerations of tribal customs, and demonstrated instead the government's "more heavy-handed position with regard to tribal nations, and ... desire to assimilate the Sioux into American property arrangements and social customs."
According to one source, "animosities over the treaty arose almost immediately" when a group of Miniconjou were informed they were no longer welcome to trade at Fort Laramie, being south of their newly established territory. This was notwithstanding that the treaty did not make any stipulation that the tribes could not travel outside their land, only that they would not permanently occupy outside land. The only travel expressly forbidden by the treaty was that of white settlers onto the reservation.
Although a treaty between the US and the Sioux, it had profound effect on the Crow tribe, since it held the title to some of the territories set aside in the new treaty. By entering the peace talks “... the government had in effect betrayed the Crows, who had willingly helped the army to hold the [Bozeman Trail] posts ...”.: 40
When the Sioux Indians had stopped the advance of the US in 1868, they quickly resumed their “own program of expansions”: 342 into the adjoining Indian territories.: 120 Although all parties took and gave,: 145–6 : 135–6 : 42 the Sioux and their allies once again threatened the homeland of some of the Indian nations around them. Attacks on the Crows and the Shoshones were “frequent, both by the Northern Cheyennes and by the Arapahos, as well as the Sioux, and by parties made up from all three tribes”.: 347 : 127, 153, 257 The Crows reported Sioux Indians in the Bighorn area from 1871.: 43 This eastern part of the Crow reservation was taken over a few years later by the Sioux in quest of buffalo. When a force of Sioux warriors confronted a Crow reservation camp at Pryor Creek in 1873 throughout a whole day,: 107 Crow chief Blackfoot called for decisive actions against the Indian intruders by the US.: 106 In 1876, the Crows (and the Eastern Shoshones) fought alongside the Army at the Rosebud.: 108–9 : 114–6 They scouted for Custer against the Sioux, “who were now in the old Crow country”.: X
Both the tribes and the government chose to ignore portions of the treaty, or to "comply only as long as conditions met their favor," and between 1869 and 1876, at least seven separate skirmishes occurred within the vicinity of Fort Laramie.: 6–7 Prior to the Black Hills expedition, Army sources mention attacks in Montana north of the Yellowstone and north of the Sioux reservation in North Dakota carried out by unidentified groups of Sioux.: 61, 66 Large war parties of Sioux Indians left their reservation to attack distant Indian enemies near Like-a-Fishhook Village.: 120 : 133 : 112 [x] The first talks of actions against the Sioux arose. In his 1873 report, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs advocated, “that those [Sioux] Indians roaming west of the Dakota line be forced by the military to come in to the Great Sioux Reservation.”: 145
The government eventually broke the terms of the treaty following the Black Hills Gold Rush and an expedition into the area by George Armstrong Custer in 1874, and failed to prevent white settlers from moving onto tribal lands. Rising tensions eventually led again to open conflict in the Great Sioux War of 1876.: 46 
United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians
On June 30, 1980, the US Supreme Court ruled that the government had illegally taken land in the Black Hills granted by the 1868 treaty, by unlawfully abrogating article two of the agreement during negotiations in 1876, while failing to achieve the signatures of two-thirds the adult male population required to do so. It upheld an award of $15.5 million for the market value of the land in 1877, along with 103 years worth of interest at 5 percent, for an additional $105 million. The Lakota Sioux, however, have refused to accept payment and instead continue to demand the return of the territory from the United States. As of 24 August 2011[update] the Sioux interest on the money has compounded to over 1 billion dollars.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the treaty, the South Dakota Legislature passed Senate Resolution 1, reaffirming the legitimacy of the treaty, and according to the original text, illustrating to the federal government that the Sioux are "still here" and are "seeking a future of forward-looking, positive relationships with full respect for the sovereign status of Native American nations confirmed by the treaty."
On March 11, 2018, the Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead signed a similar bill into law, calling on "the federal government to uphold its federal trust responsibilities," and calling for a permanent display of the original treaty, on file with the National Archives and Records Administration, in the Wyoming Legislature.
- Black Hills Land Claim, ongoing dispute between the Sioux and the US Government
- Dakota Access Pipeline, underground oil pipeline, opposed by some Sioux based on the terms of the 1851 and 1868 treaties
- Indian Appropriations Act, series of legislation passed by the US government related to tribal lands
- List of United States treaties, articles on treaties to which the US was a party
- Medicine Lodge Treaty – Negotiated by the Peace Commission with southern Plains Indian tribes in 1867
- Iron Shell was the first to sign the document on April 29. Red Cloud and five others were the last on November 6.
- officially the Treaty with the Sioux–Brulé, Oglala, Miniconjou, Yanktonai, Hunkpapa, Sans Arcs, and Santee–and Arapaho, 1868
- depending on the interpretation of article XVI
- called Gros Ventre
- See Map 2
- see Map 3
- See Map 1, green area 529 and grey area 620
- map facing p. 112
- See Map 1, yellow area 571, grey area 619 and pink area 635
- See Map 1, small pink area 472 in the lower right side
- Modern day Wyoming and Montana
- See Battle of Honsinger Bluff and Battle of Pease Bottom.
- In the case of the 1876 proposal to relinquish the territory of the Black Hills, the document was signed by only 10% of adult males. Congress none-the-less passed an act in 1877 enacting the terms.
- See Map 1, green area 529 and grey area 620
- Map 1. Yellow area 516
- See Map 1, yellow area 517 ceded
- See Map 1, grey area 619 and pink area 635
- See Map 3
- Sherman was recalled to Washington D.C. in the previous November. According to one source, he "would come and go throughout he life of the commission.": 39 According to the same source, Sherman was also recalled to Washington D.C. the following April to testify in the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.: 42–3
- Augur replaced Sherman as commissioner when Sherman was recalled.: 39
- Henderson is listed in the first paragraph of the treaty as a party, but unlike the remaining commissioners, his signature does not appear in the original document following the text of the treaty. Compare also this excerpt from the original document from the National Archives and Records Administration. According to one source, the previous November, both Sherman and Henderson were recalled to Washington D.C. "to attend urgent business." Around October, one source has Henderson in Washington attending to the impeachment proceedings of President Andrew Johnson.
- Some sources appear to disputed thisAlthough Sitting Bull was a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota, his signature is listed on the treaty itself under "the Ogallalla band of Sioux by the chiefs and headmen whose names are hereto subscribed". Whether this may be attributable to error on the part of those who crafted the treaty or those bearing witness and recording the signatures is unclear.
- Red Cloud was among the last to sign the treaty, insisting he wait until the army had cleared forts along the Bozeman Trail as they had agreed to. He supposedly replied to attempts to bring him to the talks "We are on the mountains looking down on the soldiers and forts. When we see the soldiers moving away and the forts abandoned, then I will come down and talk.": 3 His arrival at the fort is variously reported as both November 4 and October 4,: 3 although both agree he signed the treaty on November 6.
- See Map 1, grey area 620 and a part of the adjoining pink area
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