Farm Map of Gregory County, South Dakota : Including That Part of the Rosebud Reservation to be Opened for Settlement. E. Frank Peterson.
Farm Map of Gregory County, South Dakota : Including That Part of the Rosebud Reservation to be Opened for Settlement.
Farm Map of Gregory County, South Dakota : Including That Part of the Rosebud Reservation to be Opened for Settlement.

Farm Map of Gregory County, South Dakota : Including That Part of the Rosebud Reservation to be Opened for Settlement.

Vermillion, S.D. : Published by E. Frank Peterson, 1902. Lithograph printed in red and black, 25.5” x 32” plus margins.

A scarce and fascinating map promoting lands for sale in Gregory County, South Dakota, including portions of the Rosebud Reservation.

The County is shown bounded in the east by the Missouri River, in the south by Nebraska, in the north by Lyman County and in the west by the western half of the Rosebud Reservation. A note below the title reads “The land to be opened for settlement consists of that part of Gregory County lying west of Whetstone, Bonesteel, and Fairfax Precincts, or the west half of Range 69 and all of Ranges 70, 71, 72, and 73, except tracts allotted to the Indians…” Many parcels of land are identified by landowner or occupant. Most notably, lands allotted to native people, cross-hatched in red, are identified by such allottee names as Maud Stinking Eye, Chauncy Yellow Robe, Good Hearted Bear in the Woods, Henry Fool Hawk, Shorty Thigh’s Wife, Charles Crow Dog, Shoots at the Head, Carrie Cherry Bud, and so on. The nature of the land is indicated by such phrases as “Rough and Broken,” “Rough and Mountainous,” and “Table Land.” An inset map of South Dakota and northern Nebraska shows the relative position of the lands to be offered for sale.

The 1887 General Allotment Act, also known as the Dawes Act, divided 138 million acres of tribal land across the country into 160-, 80-, and 40-acre parcels. These were allotted to individual tribe members, although the land remained held in trust by the government. The numerous Sioux individuals named on this map would have received their allotments following passage of the Dawes Act.

A very interesting map reflecting individual native “ownership” of reservation lands and imminent incursions into the region by white settlers.

REFERENCES: OCLC records only three copies. Not in Rumsey, AMPR or Phillips.

CONDITION: Good, issued as pocket map and lacking covers, lined with Japanese tissue and flattened, two small losses at old fold, repaired separation along folds.

Item #3354

Price: $1,600.00

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