The Standing Rock of North Dakota is not merely the namesake for an agency and a Sioux tribe. Its monumentalization as well as the publication of the legend associated with it point to the web of interactions between Indians (Lakotas, Dakotas, and Arikaras) and non-Indians that made possible the transition from war to peace, pre-reservation and reservation life after the 1870s. They are a rare opportunity to grasp the quiet work that went into preparing Native traditions for life under colonialism and reveal the complexity of the colonial encounter in North America.

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