The Dakota's Relationship With The Dakota

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The Dakota people had very different relationships with different people over time. Many centuries ago, even before Minnesota became a state, there was the fur trade. The Dakota and Europeans had to get along in order for everyone to get what they wanted. Many of them established close relationships and some traders married the Dakota. Even after the fur trade dwindled, there were some traders that maintained their relationships with the Dakota. Sadly, in the 1850s and the 1860s when newcomers started streaming into Minnesota they didn’t find any common ground with the Dakota, as there was no need for it. Due to the treaties made, the Dakota lost their hunting grounds and had to strictly rely on Government goods. The Dakota had a big problem

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