We would rather not sign the treaty until my men arrive.
Summer 1851Alexander Ramsey, Henry Sibley are traveling up river to Traverse des Sixoux.
We want the government to make the offer in writing.
July 18, 1851After a week of waiting for every one to arrive, things get down to business. The president know that they are poor and hungry. The Dakota elders choose not to talk because not all of their people are there.
You should sign it!
July 19 1851Wicanhpi tells the U.S. delegation that they rather not make a treaty until all his men arrive.Ramsey threatens to stop all negotiations.
Upi Iyahdeya tells the council that his people want the government to make the offer in writing. Alexander Ramsey agrees and the council adjourns.
Stephen riggs is helps translating the document. Henry Sibley is trying to convince the Dakota to sign it. Dakota delegation promises to sign it but as long as certain changes are made.
Dakota elderly came forward to sign two treaties one by one. After Stephen Riggs guide them to the next table to sign the next document.