ARTICLE VII

Article 7. EDUCATION

All children between ages 6 and 16 who live in the reservation are compelled to attend school. For every 30 students, a teacher and house are to be provided.

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Curriculum

All my people now, the young boys and the young girls, know how to read and write. We have two men with us, teaching us ... We would like to have one of our own men who has been educated to act as interpreter.

Wapasha, Fort Rice, July 2, 1868

Education is truly the tool and key to our success as an Indigenous Nation. Over time the look, mode and demographic of how we educate our children and ourselves has changed but knowledge never expires. It is the path to success for all of us.

Mary Black Bonnet, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, 2019

The Constitution and the Treaties that the United States have entered into are ... just paper and if the people with whom an agreement was made have no moral integrity and the people concerned do not defend them, they have no real meaning.

Angela Babby, Oglala Sioux Tribe, 2019

I believe that Chief Red Cloud and the other signers of this treaty were very wise, astute, and intelligent men. It was by their foresight and ability that we as a tribe are able to maintain our sovereignty as a nation

Sandy Swallow, Oglala Sioux Tribe, 2019

Article 7 has not really held value as it said to build schools on the reservation and not too long after that the Government started sending kids to Carlisle Indian Boarding School where the children did learn education in some of the most cold and dark environment away from their Family, People and Culture.

Sequoia Crosswhite, Oglala Sioux Tribe, 2019

ARTICLE 7. In order to insure the civilization of the Indians entering into this treaty, the necessity of education is admitted, especially of such of them as are or may be settled on said agricultural reservations, and they therefore pledge themselves to compel their children, male and female, between the ages of six and sixteen years, to attend school; and it is hereby made the duty of the agent for said Indians to see that this stipulation is strictly complied with; and the United States agrees that for every thirty children between said ages who can be induced or compelled to attend school, a house shall be provided and a teacher competent to teach the elementary branches of an English education shall be furnished, who will reside among said Indians, and faithfully discharge his or her duties as a teacher. The provisions of this article to continue for not less than twenty years.