The expedition met with a group of Yankton Indians, or Nakotas, near todayís Gavinís Point Dam. The date was August 30, 1804. The Yanktons were hunters and traders. The warriors were decorated with paint. They wore porcupine quills and feathers. They wore large leggings and moccasins. Their buffalo robes were of different colors.


Yankton Chief
Painting by George Catlin; Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society