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Dakota Pathways Episode 4 - East River, West River

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Date Created 11/12/2010 5:00:24 PM
Grade Level 3-5
Category Social Studies

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Even before statehood, the Missouri River has divided the state and her people into two distinct regions, East River and West River. With farming in the east and ranching in the west, South Dakota has always had a split personality. The east is more like the eastern United States and the west river area is more like the wild west. Even the weather changes east to west. More rain in the east makes raising crops easier. Less rain in the west makes raising cattle more common. This program looks at the history of the state and how the east river, west river split has affected the growth of the state.

(meridians, water, planting, hay, harvest, tractor, horse, cowboy, fence, brand, roundup, Native American, Indian, cattle, reservation)

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