Sleepy Eye in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Chief Sleepy Eyes
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.
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 Sites • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 675 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 14, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 11. submitted on November 11, 2014.