Hi I am Henry Sibley, we heard that you and your people are poor. We are here to help you.
I see so much potential in your land.
Hi I am Alexander Ramsey, I am with Stephen Riggs and Henry Sibley. we are here to make a treaty with you.
Hi I'm Sleepy Eye. I will think about it
We will give you money and goods, I demand you to accept. In return you would give us some of your land.
THEN WE WILL JUST TAKE ALL YOUR LAND!!!
We don't want to sign the treaty
Summer of 1851A steamboat carries Alexander Ramsey, Henry Sibley and Stephen Riggs up the Minnesota river. They are going to Traverse Des Sioux to meet with the Dakota. They are going to make a treaty.
You see... the US government is to powerful, they could do anything to us. We might as well take the offer because then we can gain something off of it instead of them just taking it for themselves.
July 18th, 1851Alexander Ramsey welcomed the Dakota and tells them that the president has heard that the Dakota are poor and hungry. He proposes that the Dakota should accept money and goods, In return the Dakota would give them land. The Dakota do not speak, but choose to wait for their leaders.
YES! IM GOING TO BE RICH🤑
Hi I'm Extended Tail Feathers. We have decided to sign the treaty if you make some changes.
July 19th, 1851Multiple Ojibwe elders talk to Ramsey and his men, Ramsey threatens to end the deal and just take the land.
Hi, I'm Star Face. I'm here to sign the Treaty.
Can you sign a 3rd copy to make sure everything is fair.
I would like a copy
July 21st, 1851 A Dakota elder known by the name of Extended tail feathers tells the council that his people want the government to make an offer in writing.
July 22nd, 1851That morning the Dakota were considering the offer that Ramsey wrote the night before. While the busy fur traders are trying to convince the Dakota to sign, Dakota hands back the document and promises to sign if certain changes are made.
July 23rd, 1851Dakota elders concern about the treaty, Sleepy Eye demands that the Dakota gets a copy to make sure the government is keeping its promises. The US official signs the treaty, Dakota elder sign one by one. First, they sign 2 copies of the treaty, then they sign another. The Dakota think there signing the 3rd copy but they are signing to pay back the fur traders with trade money.