The Plains Tribes and the Homestead Act at the South Sioux City Public Library

The Plains Tribes and the Homestead Act at the South Sioux City Public Library

The Plains Tribes and the Homestead Act by Nancy Gillis will be presented at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska on Tuesday, April 18th, at 6:30 p.m. In this presentation we discover. While many tribes inhabited the immense tract of land called The Great Plains, interacting with their environment, neighboring tribes, and even European explorers and trappers for centuries, two decades prior to the American Civil War and the two decades following the Civil War brought tremendous changes due to increased tensions in the East and legislation enacted in Washington, the Homestead Act of 1862. Nancy Gillis will examine why and how these changes occurred on the Plains for the tribes by looking at changes in foods, clothing, housing, family structure, gender roles, land control, and political relationships.

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