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Sleepy Eye in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Chief Sleepy Eyes

(Ish-tak-ha-ba)

 
 
Chief Sleepy Eyes Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
1. Chief Sleepy Eyes Marker
seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849
Inscription. Sleepy Eyes, or Drooping Eyelids, was born about 1780 in a Sisseton Sioux Indian village at Swan Lake in Nicollet County. The Bureau of Indian Affairs commissioned him a chief in 1824. His fame was achieved not as a warrior or hunter but as a friend to explorers, traders, missionaries, and government officials.

Chief Sleepy Eyes signed several treaties - Prairie du Chien in 1825 and 1830, St. Peters (Mendota) in 1836, and finally, reluctantly, Traverse des Sioux in 1851.

Traditionally his band, often called the Swan Lake or Little Rock band, hunted over a broad area between Swan Lake and Coteau des Prairies in southwestern Minnesota and southeastern Dakota. After the Spirit Lake massacre in 1857, frightened settlers demanded that Sleepy Eyes' wandering band remain on reservation land along the Minnesota River. From 1857 to 1859 his chief village was at Sleepy Eye Lake, near this plaque.

Sleepy Eyes died about 1860 while hunting in Roberts County, South Dakota, and is not to be confused with a nephew of the same name who was implicated in the uprising in 1862. In 1898 the old chief's grave was located, and in 1902 he was re-buried on this site near his last home.

Sponsored by Brown County Historical Society
1964

 
Erected
Chief Sleepy Eyes Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
2. Chief Sleepy Eyes Marker
1964 by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Brown County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 17.904′ N, 94° 43.383′ W. Marker is in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and Oak Street Northwest on 1st Avenue North. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Oak Street NW, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Iberia (approx. 4.3 miles away); Essig, Minnesota (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cobden (approx. 6.3 miles away); Jackson Crossing (approx. 6.4 miles away); Leavenworth (approx. 6.6 miles away); Golden Gate (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sleepy Eye.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. History. (Submitted on August 14, 2013.) 

2. Ishtakhaba. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 14, 2013.) 

3. Sleepy Eye Depot Museum. (Submitted on August 14, 2013.)
 
Additional keywords. Chief Sleepy Eyes State Monument
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Chief Sleepy Eyes Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
3. Chief Sleepy Eyes Marker
Sleepy Eye Historic Depot and Monument
Chief Sleepy Eyes Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
4. Chief Sleepy Eyes Monument and Marker
Chief Sleepy Eyes Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
5. Chief Sleepy Eyes Monument and Marker
Ish-Tak-Ha-Ba image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
6. Ish-Tak-Ha-Ba
"Sleepy Eye"
Always
A Friend of the Whites
Died 1860
Brown County History Map image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
7. Brown County History Map
located by marker
Nearby Chief Sleepy Eye Statue image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
8. Nearby Chief Sleepy Eye Statue
Wooldrik Park
Ish Tak Ha Ba image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
9. Ish Tak Ha Ba
Chief Sleepy Eye
1780 - 1860
Sculptor - JoAnne Bird
Dedicated July 4, 1994
Chief Sleepy Eye Statue Donor Plaque image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
10. Chief Sleepy Eye Statue Donor Plaque
<i>Monument to Old Chief Sleepy Eye</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1918
11. Monument to Old Chief Sleepy Eye
 
 
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