Welcome to the Bison Exhibit libguides page!
On this page, you will find helpful resources about Buffalo and their relationship with Native Americans and more information on our exhibit Unbreakable: Pté Oyáte (Bison Nation) and Their Relationship with Native Americans.
South Dakota State University acknowledges the land it occupies across South Dakota is the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Oceti Sakowin (oh-CHEH-tee shaw-KOH-we) meaning Seven Council Fires, which is the proper name for the people referred to as Sioux. We acknowledge that before these sites were named South Dakota State University, they were called home by people of American Indian Nations indigenous to this region. The tribal alliance made up of individual bands of the Seven Council Fires is based on kinship, location and dialects: Santee-Dakota, Yankton-Nakota and Teton- Lakota. We acknowledge the sovereignty of the nine federally recognized Native Nations in South Dakota: Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee, Lower Brule, Oglala, Rosebud, Sisseton-Wahpeton, Standing Rock and Yankton Sioux Tribes. As a land-grant university, it is our mission to provide access to higher education to all. We are committed to building respectful and positive relationships with indigenous communities through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions, extension programs and enrollment efforts.
Bison as the National Mammal
On May 9, 2016, the American bison became the national mammal of the United States. President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, which affirms bison are considered a historical symbol of the United States. Buffalo represent resilience and unity after facing near extinction. The National Bison Legacy Act “represents a true comeback story embedded in history, culture, and conservation.
Emirra Means, 2023
(Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
Class of 2024
Major(s): Political Science and American Indian Studies