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Upcoming “History Talk” to focus on tribal-federal relations and the damming of the Missouri River

The South Dakota State Historical Society’s virtual “History Talks” speaker in February will be historical consultant Michael Lawson speaking about his book, “Dammed Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux.”

This free virtual event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. CST on Zoom. To register, go to “History Talks” is a monthly program of the South Dakota Historical Society Press and the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

The 1944 Pick-Sloan Plan created a wealth of economic opportunities for the states lying along the Missouri River. But the plan also flooded more than 200,000 acres of bottomlands that helped to sustain the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes and forced the relocation of entire communities. “Dammed Indians Revisited” examines how the work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation affected the communities along the river, demonstrating the unequal relationship between the tribes and the federal government.

Published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press in 2011, “Dammed Indians Revisited” may be ordered for $18.95, plus shipping and tax, from SDHS Press at and from the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation at or at the Heritage Shops in the Cultural Heritage Center or the State Capitol in Pierre. For more information about the South Dakota Historical Society Press and its books, please visit and follow @sdhspress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 2013, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing, and administrative/development offices. For questions or memberships, call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.