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The Yankton Sioux chief Palani-apape (or Padani-apapi) was a signatory to the 1858 treaty, but the precise meaning of his name has been subject to much debate among historians and linguists.
The first element (Palani or Padani) is a name used by the Sioux for the Arikara or Rickara or Ree tribe, sworn enemies of the Sioux. The second element (apape) means "strikes" or "hits"; but is the meaning "Strikes-the-Ree", or "Struck-by-the-Ree"? The words could mean either.
Many historians take the view that he was struck by an Arikara enemy warrior, so "Struck-by-the-Ree" is the correct translation, but not everyone agrees. Since he died in 1888 it may be too late to ask him about his name . . .
Struck by the ReeFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Struck by the Ree, also known as Strikes the Ree, (ca. 1804-1888) was a chief of the Native American Yankton Sioux tribe.
Contents [hide] 1 Birth 2 Dakota War of 1862 3 Grant Peace Policy of 1871-1881 4 Old age and death 5 External links
 BirthIn 1804, a great pow-wow was held for the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Calumet Bluff/Gavins Point (near present-day Yankton, South Dakota) that included the "Shunka" sacred dog feast ceremony. During the festivities, the explorers learned that a boy had just been born, and they asked to see the infant. They wrapped the baby in an American flag, held him up, and proclaimed him as destined to be a great "American". According to the traditions of the Yankton people, that baby boy was Struck by the Ree, who in manhood became a leader among the Yankton, and traveled to Washington DC. For his efforts in promoting peace between whites and Native Americans, he received medals from U.S. Presidents Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield.
 Dakota War of 1862In 1862, during the Dakota U.S. War in Minnesota, Struck by the Ree deployed his warriors to protect innocent white settlers from raiding Indians. In spite of this, his people were expelled from Minnesota after the uprising. In 1865, Struck by the Ree testified at hearings of the Doolittle Commission, which investigated fraud among Indian agents. He reported that agents routinely skimmed goods from stores purchased with Indian annuity money and that Native people were illegally forced to pay for food out of their treaty money, while the agents ate for free. Agents routinely padded their pockets with money that, under treaty agreement, was supposed to purchase supplies for Indians. Struck by the Ree also reported that frontier soldiers routinely coerced sexual favors from Native women. He said, "Before the soldiers came along, we had good health, but, the soldiers go to my squaws, and they want to sleep with them, and the squaws being hungry will sleep with them in order to get something to eat, and will get a bad disease, and then the squaws go to their husbands and give them the bad disease."
 Grant Peace Policy of 1871-1881Struck by the Ree was a devout Christian. Under the Grant peace policy of 1871-1881, the federal government assigned Indian reservations to certain Christian denominations, regardless of the Indian people's wishes. Struck By The Ree opposed this policy and responded to the government with these words: “My opposition to your plans is a sincere and conscientious duty to the Great Spirit, which I desire to discharge. I made up my mind on this subject twenty-two years ago. I wish to put the instruction of the youth of my tribe into the hands of the Blackrobes; I consider them alone the depositories of the ancient and true faith of Jesus Christ, and we are free to hear and follow them...Since my first talk with the Blackrobes I have no other thought but to embrace the ancient religion of Jesus Christ, if I can make myself worthy. My mind is made up.”
 Old age and deathAs an elder, he walked with a cane, and the congregation would respectfully wait for the old chief to enter the church and take his place in the "bishop's chair" before commencing with services. He died in 1888.
Struck by the Ree has living descendants, among them Dr. Leonard Bruguier, a noted Native American ethnologist and educator as well as Paul LaRoche (and his family) of noted Rock Opera band Brulé, he is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.
An old story tells that Lewis and Clark wrapped a newborn Yankton baby in an American flag. The explorers were visiting the Yankton village in 1804. They said that the little boy would become a great leader. The story says that this baby was Struck-by-the-Ree. No one knows if the story is true, but Struck-by-the-Ree was a leader of the Yanktons. He loved peace and did not want war with the white settlers or the United States. He urged his people to sign the land treaty of 1858. Struck-by-the-Ree also kept his people out of war when the Dakotas were fighting in Minnesota. He lived to be an old man and died in 1888.