Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota. One of nine Sioux reservations spreading from northern Nebraska to North Dakota. It was created in 1873 out of land set aside under the treaty of 1868 as the “Great Sioux Reservation”. It is home to the Yanktonai and Hunkpapa Bands of the Teton Sioux.
According to legend, the Standing Rock was the Arikara wife of a Dakota warrior and her child who had been turned into stone. The Sioux transported this rock wherever they moved. On a brick pedestal this rock stands today.
In 1868 the US forced upon the Sioux people The Fort Laramie Treaty. In 1874, in direct violation of the treaty, General George Custer and the 7th Cavalry came onto reservation land and discovered gold. This set off a gold rush. The US Government attempted to force the Sioux to rent or sell their reservation land. The Sioux refused and the Sioux Wars began.
This set the stage for the battle the Sioux call “The Battle of Greasy Grass”. The white settler nation refers to it as “The Battle of The Little Big Horn”. The Sioux Leader Crazy Horse embarrassed the 7th Cavalry and it became ‘Custer’s Last Stand’.
The flag is a medium blue field with the tribal seal in the center. The seal’s outer ring is white edged by two narrow red bands and bears the words “STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE” in red above and JULY 1873 below. The circle of eight tipis represent the eight districts of the reservation on a red background. The ring of the outward-pointing tipis encloses a yellow disk depicting the Standing Rock in white on it’s red pedestal. Around the disk are the names of the eight districts in red: Fort Yates; Cannonball; Wakpala; Kernal; Rockcreek; Bear Soldier; Little Eagle and Porcupine.
Learning more and more about the true history of the Host Nation People, I fly the flag in honor and support of my siblings who lived here from the beginning.