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South Dakota(10 Photos)
History.com's state gallery for South Dakota. Learn more about the state symbols and famous landmarks.
Native American Tribes and Cultures
Native American Tribes and Cultures(13 Photos)
Native American cultures in the United States include socially and geographically diverse groups.
Native American Warriors and Battles
Native American Warriors and Battles(13 Photos)
Discover the history of conflict between colonial and American governments and the Native American population of the United States.
Native Americans: Legislation
Native Americans: Legislation(12 Photos)
For more than 300 years, Native Americans have fought, often through legal efforts, to preserve and maintain their cultures, land and way of life.
Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore
Deconstructing History: Mount RushmoreVideo Clip (1:38)
Video Clip (1:38)
Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore symbolizes freedom and hope for America. Get the facts about this national treasure.
The Last of the Sioux
The Last of the SiouxVideo Clip (3:48)
Video Clip (3:48)
Resistant to government regulated reservations, the Sioux retreated into the Black Hills until a final massacre at Wounded Knee.
American BuffaloVideo Clip (2:52)
Video Clip (2:52)
The construction of the railroad led to the near-extinction of the buffalo, which had sustained native populations for centuries.
Sitting BullVideo Clip (2:54)
Video Clip (2:54)
The tragic, yet true tale of Sitting Bull, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe who led his people's resistance against the United States, sung by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.
The Buffalo and Native Americans
The Buffalo and Native AmericansVideo Clip (1:52)
Video Clip (1:52)
The buffalo was an essential part of Native American life, used in everything from religious rituals to teepee construction.
Tom Brokaw's South Dakota
Tom Brokaw's South DakotaVideo Clip (2:14)
Video Clip (2:14)
In this American History video, brought to you by the History Channel, Tom Brokaw from NBC News talks about growing up in South Dakota. He says the state values hard work and accomplishment and is very critical of blowhards.
Pumpkin Carving: Mount Rushmore
Pumpkin Carving: Mount RushmoreVideo Clip (1:17)
Video Clip (1:17)
Pumpkin carver Steve Clarke shows us how to carve Mount Rushmore.
Two States of South Dakota
Two States of South DakotaVideo Clip (0:46)
Video Clip (0:46)
In this American History video, brought to you by the History Channel, Tom Brokaw from NBC News talks about growing up in South Dakota. He says the Western part of the state is more cowboy country than the eastern part.
McGovern, Beatty, and Emerson
McGovern, Beatty, and EmersonVideo Clip (1:33)
Video Clip (1:33)
Bob Shrum, staff member of George McGovern's 1972 Campaign, tells the story of Warren Beattys speech writing duties on the McGovern campaign.
Campaign Spot: McGovern Defense (1972)
Campaign Spot: McGovern Defense (1972)Video Clip (1:01)
Video Clip (1:01)
In this ad, McGoverns defense cuts are criticized, questioning the candidates priorities for national security.
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