Only Sioux Remained in Iowa

By 1848 most Iowa Indian tribes had been relocated to reservations outside Iowa. Only the Sioux remained. They lived in the northwest part of the state.


By 1848 the Sauk, Mesquakies, Winnebagoes and Pottawattamie had all left Iowa for reservations. The only Indians left in the state were the Sioux in northwestern Iowa. Anxious pioneers, who built their homesteads far ahead of established communities, found themselves in danger from roving bands of Sioux who still considered northwestern Iowa part of their hunting ground.

“First People of the Prairies,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 1, Iowa PBS, 1979.