Markers commemorate journey of Santee families

The Minnehaha County Historical Society in South Dakota will dedicate two markers to commemorate the journey of 11 Santee Sioux families in the winter of 1869.

The families walked 140 miles from Niobara, Nebraska, to Flandreau, South Dakota. At least one elderly woman -- Owancatowin, or Blue All Over -- died along the way after a group got caught in a blizzard.

The familes left Nebraska to homestead in South Dakota. They were Christianized members of the Santee Sioux Tribe.

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Native families' move commemorated (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 5/18)