Definition of Yankton in English:
noun (plural same or Yanktons)
1A member of an American Indian people of the Great Plains of North and South Dakota.
- Though Robertson refers to the Yanktons and Santees throughout the book as Lakotas, they are, in fact, Dakota people.
- Like the Yankton / Yanktonai Sioux, the Santee grudgingly accepted ‘concentration’ in 1858.
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Relating to the Yankton or their language.
- ‘Isn't Yankton that settlement they just built, after that treaty with the Yankton Sioux? ‘asked Adam.’
- The ‘reformers ‘- notably John Collier, founder of the American Indian Defense Association, and Gertrude Bonnin, a Yankton Dakota - sought to preserve Native American resources, crafts, culture, land, and spirituality.’
From Sioux ihãkthũwã, literally 'those dwelling at the end'.
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