March 28, 2019

“We Are Still Here” on the big screen

By Jerry W. Kram
In 2016, Benji Goodbird, Valerian Three Irons and several dozen riders rode the hundred miles from the Fort Buford Historical Site to the Earth Lodge Village in Four Bears Segment. The ride marked the the March of the Xo’shga, what Three Irons called, “North Dakota’s Trail of Tears.”
The Xo’shga (pronounced Hushka or Hoshga) are a band of Hidatsa who, under the leadership of Chief Crow Flies High, left the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in the 1870s to live their traditional lifestyle near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. In 1894, the military at Fort Buford forced the Xo’shga to march all the way back to Fort Berthold in winter conditions. Many of the Xo’shga perished on the march and the rest settled in the area called Shell Creek.

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