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Ceremony to Mark Gift of Knife River Ranch to Tribe

EVENT:    The Hidatsa Tribe of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation invites the media to attend a major tribal ceremony marking the historic return of ancestral lands to the Tribe.

Tribal elders and sisters Reba and Tillie Walker purchased the Knife River Ranch, which is adjacent to the National Park Service’s Knife River Village site in Stanton, North Dakota.  The sisters have decided to donate the Ranch to the Tribe in the name of their father, the late Hans Young Bird Walker, Sr., a member of the Low Cap Clan of the Hidatsa people.  This is the first time that the Hidatsa People have returned to their ancestral homelands after a smallpox epidemic destroyed the village in 1837.  It is a rare event for the Tribe to receive its lands back, and even rarer to benefit from the generosity and kindness of tribal members who have used their own savings to make a large gift of property.  The Tribe intends to use the new property to open a cultural interpretive center to further preserve the traditions and legacy of the Hidatsa people.

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WHO:        Sisters Reba and Tillie Walker.  MHA Nation Chairman Tex “Red Tipped Arrow” Hall.  MHA Nation Council Members. Invited Guests.

WHERE:   County Road 37.  One-quarter mile north of Stanton, ND.

WHEN:      Friday, June 6, 2014.  2:00 p.m.

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