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From the forms Dakota, Lakota, and Sioux are derived numerous place-names within their ancient area, including those of two great states.
At the beginning of treaty relations in 1805 they were the acknowledged owners of most of the territory extending from central Wisconsin, across the Mississippi and Missouri, to beyond the Black Hills, and from the Canada boundary to the North Platte, including all of Southern Minnesota, with considerable portions of Wisconsin and Iowa, most of North Dakota and South Dakota, Northern Nebraska, and much of Montana and Wyoming.
While thus in custody Father Hennepin observed their customs, made some study of the language, baptized a child and attempted some religious instruction, explored a part of Minnesota, and discovered and named St. In 1683 Nicholas Perrot established a post at the mouth of the Wisconsin.
In 1689 he established Fort Perrot near the lower end of Lake Pepin, on the Minnesota side, the first post within the Sioux territory, and took formal possession of their country for France.
The Assiniboin are a seceded branch of the Yankton division, having separated from the parent tribe at some time earlier than 1640.
When and why the Sioux removed from their original home in the East, or by what route they reached the upper Mississippi country, are unknown.