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History 605: S2, Ep1 'US Grant's Indian Policy: Interrupted Odyssey'

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The breaking of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and the creation of several smaller reservations in western South Dakota is often thought to have been President Ulysses Grant’s intent.

However, historian Mary Stockwell argues in her book that Grant attempted to pursue a different policy, which included citizenship for American Indians.

But despite his wishes, he was unable to make that happen.

Understanding his circumstances is key to understanding a great deal of South Dakota’s history.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Mary Stockwell, the author of “Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians.”

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