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People of the Plains, Then and Now

Part of the Addressing the Statue exhibition 

People of the Plains

Native people of the High Plains hunted bison for millennia, while those of the Prairie-Plains also farmed maize and other crops. High Plains people were highly nomadic, hunting bison for food and hides, and living for part of the year in skin-covered tents, or tipis.

Enduring Cultures of the Plains

By the time of Roosevelt’s presidency, many Native people of the Plains had been driven from their homeland through violence, introduced diseases, forced removal and pressures to assimilate. Yet Plains people have adapted and survived.