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Lewis & Clark Online Exhibit - Native People Encountered

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"About 12 o'clock, they came, and brought some corn, beans and squashes, which they presented to us. The chief said he was glad to see us, and wished our commanding officers would speak a good word for them to the Mandans; for they wanted to be at peace with them.

These are the best looking Indians I have ever seen... They are the most cleanly Indians I have ever seen on the voyage; as well as the most friendly and industrious."

October 11, 1804
Patrick Gass

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Who were the tribes the Lewis and Clark encountered in North Dakota?

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Was Sacagawea (Sakakawea) Shonshone or Hidatsa?

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