Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Lewis, Clark and the Native People

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During the Lewis and Clark Expedition the Corps of Discovery met many native peoples. As winter was nearing in 1804 Lewis and Clark were traveling northward on the Missouri River toward the Mandan and Hidatsa villages at the confluence of the Knife and Missouri Rivers.  These tribes had a reputation for being friendly to white traders. Lewis and Clark spent five months with these native peoples at a fort they constructed called “Fort Mandan.”  It was there that they met a French fur trader and his pregnant wife named Sakakawea.

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D. Geck, T. Jensen, L. Westad


Lewis and Clark's North Dakota, 2002 Prairie Public Television. Kim Stenehjem (Producer)

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