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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In South Dakota History

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1. In 1876, a group of Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeated General George Crook's troops in the Battle of the Rosebud, a precursor to the Battle of Little Bighorn.

2. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Indian Reorganization Act, also known as the Wheeler-Howard Act, which reversed previous assimilationist policies and encouraged tribal self-government and cultural preservation.

3. In 1968, the Oglala Sioux Tribe declared independence from the United States and established the Independent Oglala Nation in a symbolic act of resistance against centuries of colonialism and oppression.

4. In 1983, the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota was dedicated, honoring the legendary Lakota warrior and leader who fought against white encroachment on indigenous lands.

5. In 2018, a federal judge awarded $102.8 million to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as compensation for the government's mismanagement of the tribe's trust assets, including land, oil, and natural gas royalties, dating back to the late 19th century.
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