Welcome to the Canupawakpa

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We are a proud nation whose history dates back to before the War of 1812, Confederation, and the birth of America. The Dakota have been crisscrossing the 49th Parallel for hundreds of years following the buffalo, elk, and deer to feed and clothe our people.

Today, we live on the 10.5 square kilometre Oak Lake Reserve near Pipestone Creek, 100 kilometres southwest of Brandon, Manitoba. It is home to the 332 men, women, and children of our Canupawakpa Dakota band.

According to tribal folklore, our tribe received its name when an elder found a sacred native pipe while walking along Pipestone Creek. In Dakota, Canupa means pipe and wakpa means river. The two words together spell Canupawakpa, pronounced Chu-nup-a-wakpa.

Sacred native pipes are synonymous with our rich culture and traditions. It is why the Canupawakpa Dakota logo is two crossed sacred pipes with feathers.

We hope you browse our website to learn more about our history, culture, traditions, hopes, and dreams.

The Dakota Nation fought side by side with the British in the War of 1812 and brought furs to the Hudson Bay Company trading post in Fort Garry, where Winnipeg is located today. They were awarded silver medals with the image of King George III and promised land for their service to the British. However, their promised land never materialized. Their role in the War of 1812 was overshadowed by the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Many of the 332 residents of the Canupawakpa Dakota are descendants of Dakota warriors who fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn …

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