History

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Buffalo Bird Woman (ca. 1839-1932) was a Hidatsa who experienced the traditional life of her people in what is now the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Her Hidatsa name was Maxidiwiac Waheenee. She learned and practiced all the traditional Hidatsa skills such as gardening, the preparation of food, weaving and many others. Buffalo Bird Woman held to the traditional ways of her culture and generously shared them through her stories and teachings. Through oral tradition she described her own experience and the lives and work and work of women in Hidatsa culture. Edward Lone Fight is descended from her.

Edward Lone Fight (born 1940) served as Chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes in the 1980s. In 1988 Lone Fight met with President Ronald Reagan, a meeting which was the catalyst for the tribes receiving compensation from the flooding of reservation due to the construction of the Garrison Dam under the Pick-Sloan Legislation. The son of Mabel Good Bird and Theodore Lone Fight, Edward is also a direct descendant of Waheenie Wea (Buffalo Bird Woman) Sheheke, Chief Four Bears and other notable American Indians. "Lone Fight" is a broad family name related exclusively to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.