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Viewing Points:                                                                Soon Chief Partisan, complaining that the gifts were inadequate, became
        1.  Western Shore of Marion’s                                                  unruly. He wanted more gifts before he would let them continue upstream.
          Island.  Traveling  on  Highway                                              Captain Clark finally convinced the chiefs to go with him in the rowboat
          83, in the city of Fort Pierre, turn                                         to the shore in the vicinity of what is now known as Lilly Park in the City
          east on Stanley Road. Go to the                                              of Fort Pierre, SD.
          end of the road. Somewhere in                                                   Captain  Clark,  as  quoted  directly,  wrote  “As  soon  as  I  landed  the
          the vicinity of the trees ahead,                                             perogue (rowboat with six oars), three of their young men seased(sic) the
          formerly  the  western  shore                                                cable. The chief soldier huged the mast, and the second chief (Partisan)
          of  Marion’s  Island,  Lewis  and                                            was very insolent both in words and justures...declaring I should not go
          Clark  camped  on  the  night  of                                            on,  stateing  that  he  had  not  received  presents  sufficient  from  us.  His
          September 25, 1804.                                                          justures were of such a personal nature I felt myself compeled to draw
                                                                   Bad Humored Island Sign   my sword (and made a signal to the keelboat to prepare for action). At
        Wednesday, September 26, 1804                                                  this motion Captain Lewis ordered all men under arms in the keelboat.
           Lewis and Clark and their party including Chief Black Buffalo who was       Most of the warriors appeared to have their bows strung and took out
        acting friendly, left Bad Humored Island early. After traveling about four     their arrows from the quivers. Grand Chief [Black Buffalo] then took hold
        and one-half miles, they anchored in the Missouri River about 100 yards        of the roap and ordered the young warriors away.”
        from shore (below Oahe Dam in the vicinity of the swimming beach and              Clark was not permitted to leave the shore so he sent his men back to
        camping area of present-day Corps of Engineers Campgrounds No. 1 & 2,          the keelboat for reinforcements. The rowboat soon returned with twelve
        opposite Snake Butte.)                                                         armed men. The large swivel gun on the keelboat was loaded with six-
           En route, the western bank of the river was lined with men, women,          teen musket balls. The small swivel guns on the rowboats were loaded
        and  children  from  Grand  Chief  Black  Buffalo’s  village,  watching  the   with buckshot. The boats’ guns and all of the soldiers’ muzzle-loading
        procession of boats. His village was located on the plain west of the shore.   guns were aimed at the Indians. Clark said, “This movement caused a no:
        It consisted of about eighty lodges (tepees) and 800 people. In the center     [number] of the Indians to withdraw at a distance.” By now, the party of
        of the village was a large council house. Clark recorded that “this house      Indians had grown to about 100.
        formed a three-fourths circle of skins well dressed and sown together.”           Lewis and Clark did not intend to be bullied. The confrontation with
           Captain Lewis and five men went on shore with the Teton chiefs. After       the Teton was diffused. Clark joined his men on the rowboat and started
        a couple of hours Captain Lewis returned and reported that his hosts           returning to the keelboat. After traveling about ten paces, Chief Black
        seemed friendly and wanted the captains to stay for a feast and evening        Buffalo, Chief Buffalo Medicine, and two principal men waded in after
        dance. Captain Clark went ashore and was immediately placed upon a             him and asked to be taken aboard, to which he agreed. The explorers,
        decorated buffalo robe and carried to the council house by six Indians.        along with the four Indians, traveled about a mile upriver and anchored
        They put him down on a white dressed robe and then returned for Captain        near the west side of a willow island. Sergeant Ordway noted in his jour-
        Lewis, whom they took to the council house in the same manner.                 nal “our camp was on a willow island in the middle of the river, at our
                                                                                       starbord (sic) side.” Guards were stationed on shore and on the keelboat.
           About seventy men were seated within a circle in the council house.         The two rowboats were tied to the keelboat. The four Indians stayed with
        Grand Chief Black Buffalo picked up the pipe of peace and pointed it to        them that night. Clark called the island “Bad Humored Island” because
        the heavens, the four quarters of the globe, and to the earth. After a short   he was in a bad humor. (Bad Humored Island was later called Marion’s
        speech, he lighted the pipe and presented it to the captains to smoke. The     Island. In 1907 the Chicago and Northwestern Railway built a bridge over
        group then feasted on a meal of cooked dog, pemmican, and ground potato.       the Missouri River, crossing the northerly portion of the island. During the
        About dark, a large fire was started in the center in preparation for a dance.  process the river channel was routed to the east of Marion’s Island. Mari-
           Clark  described  the  dance:  “About  ten  musitions  (sic)  playing  on   on’s Island has since merged with the east shore of the city of Fort Pierre.)
        tamboreens (made of hoops and skin stretched), long sticks with deer
        and goats [antelope] hoofs tied so as to make a gingling noise, and many
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