photograph of lace makers working outdoors at the Leech Lake Reservation

Lace makers at Leech Lake

Lace makers at Leech Lake, 1906.

Portrait photograph of Sybil Carter

Sybil Carter

Sybil Carter, c. 1890.

Photograph of Sybil Carter and Indian lace makers at Birch Coulee

Sybil Carter with instructors and lace makers at Birch Coulee

Sybil Carter with instructors and lace makers at Birch Coulee, c. 1896

The Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association

When Sybil Carter started her first lace-making classes at the White Earth Reservation, she set the stage for a major economic enterprise. In 1904, friends of Carter organized the Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association to help ship and market lace made by women on reservations to East Coast consumers. The association provided a good source of income to Indian women. However, the association also held negative views of Indian women and excluded them from leadership roles.

Indian Land Cessions and Reservations to 1858

Indian Land Cessions and Reservations to 1858

Map of Indian Land Cessions and Reservations to 1858, including the lands ceded by the Dakota in 1851.

Little Crow's Village on the Mississippi

Little Crow's Village on the Mississippi

Little Crow's village c. 1846-1848 on lands which were ceded to the United State by the Treaty of Mendota.

Wah-ba-sha Village on the Mississippi River 650 Miles above St. Louis

Wah-ba-sha Village on the Mississippi River 650 Miles above St. Louis

Wabasha's village c. 1845 on lands which were ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Mendota.

Pilots Knob. Mouth of the St. Peters River

Pilots Knob. Mouth of the St. Peters River

Pilot Knob c. 1846-1848, where the Treaty of Mendota was signed on August 5, 1851.

Henry H. Sibley

Henry H. Sibley

Henry H. Sibley was the chief representative for fur traders at the Treaties of Mendota and Traverse des Sioux. In this photograph Sibley wears his Brigadier General uniform from the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

Alexander Ramsey

Alexander Ramsey

Alexander Ramsey, Territorial Governor circa 1848.

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