USGS Office of Tribal Relations
The following text appears on the 2005 Native American Heritage poster.
Once upon a time . . .
For centuries the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota people gathered in the summertime near running streams to refresh their bodies and their spirits. There were ceremonies to be performed, marriages to be celebrated, newborn children to meet, and old stories to be retold.
Where Cherry Creek meets the Cheyenne River, this wide valley was a favorite place for gathering. It was central for the hunting bands of the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota. Buffalo were still in abundance to the west; the high banks of the waterways quieted the prairie winds; and they were safe from the terror of gunshots. Only goodness surrounded them, and it was the center of the universe.
Those days are long gone . . .