Some sources say that the horses that got fenced into the national park are actually descendants of Chief Sitting Bulls horses. Sitting Bull was forced to surrender all his horses when he surrendered at Ft. Burthold on July 19, 1881 (Ft. Burthold is in northwestern North Dakota and is not a "Sioux" reservation. Standing Rock is the Reservation that Sitting Bull's people were sent to. It straddles the North Dakota/South Dakota border. The Sioux Nation was and is comprised of three major sub-divisions: including the Dakota, Nakota, Lakota. I'm guessing that's where the Nakota horse got its name. There is another group of people who are calling the horse from Theodore Roosevelt National Park the "North Dakota Bandlands Horse."
The Nokota Horse Conservancy believes that the wild horses in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park badlands descend from horses surrendered by Chief Sitting Bull in 1881. Park officials disagree --- See story by Ryan T. Bell headline, "Sitting Bull’s Lost Horses?" Read more here
Read about the Nokota Horse Conservancy here https://www.nokotahorse.org/
|Here is a close up of a colt in the south unit of Medora, (Theodore Roosevelt National Park) in western North Dakota.|