FORT LARAMIE--On Saturday, April 28, 2018 a commemoration marking the culmination of more than two years of planning between Fort Laramie National Historic Site and several sovereign Tribal nations of the Northern Great Plains will highlight the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. The initial commemoration event will begin on Saturday, April 28 with an opening ceremony. Associated events will continue through Tuesday, May 1.
To commemorate this nationally significant treaty, the park will be “Honoring the Spirit” of indigenous sovereign nations and honoring the Treaty signers, who attempted at the time to make the best choices for the future of their people: the Lakota/Dakota (Sioux), Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Crow nations.
Colorful ceremonies, Native American and other speakers, Tribal encampments, interpretive treaty exhibits, a Native Arts Marketplace and more will help kick off a series of commemoration events.
The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie affected the tribes of the Northern Great Plains, and nearly all indigenous people throughout the country. Tribal nations see the Treaty as an active, living, breathing document and will share their perspectives during this four-day event. Through it all, the tribes have managed to maintain their cultural values, traditions, and spirituality. The event will offer Tribes directly affected by the Treaty—which continues to impact communities across the country—an opportunity to share their own perspectives and proudly proclaim, “We Are Still Here.”
At this traditional gathering site of indigenous people, the National Park Service and Fort Laramie NHS, together with the Tribal nations, will acknowledge the intent of the original negotiators, recognize the impacts of the treaty signing, and together tell the story of the vibrant, living cultures that continue to interact at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers.
The public is invited to join in this extraordinary event. Admission to the park is free. The full commemoration period will run through November 6, when Red Cloud signed the Treaty back in 1868.
For more information and the schedule of events visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fola or call the park at 307-837-2221. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.