Anticipating An Indian Council

Anticipating An Indian Council (HMUC2)

Location: Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Pottawattamie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 18.204', W 95° 51.405'

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One of President Jefferson's goals for this expedition was to seek out the native peoples and council with them. On July 28, 2804, the expedition passed this overlook area early in the morning and noted of this area "a bluff on the S.S. (Starboard Side), the first high land above the Nodaway (river) on that side." They observed a site below these bluffs where the "Aiawuay (Iowa) Indians formerly lived" and had just passed another old Indian camp downstream on the other side of the Missouri where the Otteauze (Oto) Indians" had once lived. In this vicinity, principal hunter George Drouillard made contact with a "Missouri Indian" who was friendly and informative. He was one of the few remaining of his tribe and was the first Indian seen since the expedition set out. On August 3, app. 20 miles upriver, a Council was held with chiefs of the Oto and Missouri tribes. The council was the first major meeting between Indians of the territory and Lewis and Clark. As a result, this whole region has become known as "Councile Bluff."

In 1935, the Colonial dames of the America completed this monument commemorating Lewis & Clark's historic meeting with the Oto and Missouri Indian tribes. Restoration of the monument (1987-1993) was completed by the Lewis & Clark monument Restoration Committee and the local community.

Lewis and Clark 1803-1806

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson send an expedition commanded by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, to seek an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean and to make peaceable contact with the native peoples. On May 14, 1804, the explorers headed up the Missouri. They reached the Pacific in November 1805. They returned to St. Louis on September 23, 1806, having traveled more than 8000 miles in two years, four months and nine days.

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HM NumberHMUC2
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
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Placed ByIowa Dept. of natural Resources, National Park Service, State Historical Society of Iowa, REAP Historical Resources Grant, city of Council Bluffs
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:36pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 260835 N 4576375
Decimal Degrees41.30340000, -95.85675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.204', W 95° 51.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 12.24" N, 95° 51' 24.30" W
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Area Code(s)712
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19544-21620 Monument Rd, Council Bluffs IA 51503, US
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