“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mobridge in Walworth County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Honored Leaders

Honored Leaders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 30, 2017
1. Honored Leaders Marker

Leadership in the American Indian culture is much different than the Euro-American views. Unlike the Euro-American concept of a formal majority vote to select a leader, American Indians were made leaders by those who simply chose to follow them. This individual would remain a leader as long as his decisions were accepted by the tribe. If he made unfavorable decisions, tribal members would ignore his advice and a new leader would emerge. If the group was mixed and some individuals still agreed with the leader's decisions, they might continue to recognize him as a leader or break away from the encampment and create their own bands.

This concept of voluntary leadership among Indian people helped to create numerous tribal nations across the country. Some tribal members might consider an individual a leader, while others did not. Some of the famous American Indian "leaders" of the past, were not considered leaders by all tribal members.

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Sitting Bull drew this picture to act as his signature before he learned to write in English. In this image, Sitting Bull is roping and capturing a horse,
Honored Leaders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 30, 2017
2. Honored Leaders Marker
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as he did in Montana in 1866. A thin line connects his mouth to a "sitting bull buffalo," his namesake.

Chief Gall.
Chief One Bull.
Chief John Grass.
Chief Mad Bear.
Chief Sitting Bull.
Chief Rain In The Face.
Chief Running Antelope.

The center piece of this United States 1899 silver certificate is a combination of two images, a photograph of Running Antelope by Alexander Gardner in 1872 and the 1899 photograph of a headdress taken by Tomas W. Smillie.
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. 45° 32.289′ N, 100° 26.899′ W. Marker is in Mobridge, South Dakota, in Walworth County. Marker can be reached from Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail 1 1.3 miles south of 20th Street W. In this area W. Railway St. runs next to the trail. You can park near and walk over. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mobridge SD 57601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Final Resting Place (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark Expedition (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Sakakawea and Lewis & Clark" (approx. 0.3 miles away); "they just did a man's job" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lewis & Clark meet the Arikaras
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail 1 image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk
3. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail 1
(approx. 0.6 miles away); River of Hardship (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lewis and Clark/Mobridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); "the track of the white bear" (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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