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n. pl. Yankton or Yank·tons
A member of a subdivision of the Nakota people formerly inhabiting northern Minnesota, now located mainly in the eastern Dakotas.
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And the Yanktons, and the burnt-wood Tetons, who live in the elbow of the river, 'with muddy water,' do they not come into the lodges of the Loups and smoke?
Hunt and his party were sojourning at the village of the Omahas, three Sioux Indians of the Yankton Alma tribe arrived, bringing unpleasant intelligence.
The corps had promised to move the graves, but many Yanktons suspected that had never happened.
This hoop held the Yanktons together as a people, despite all of their problems of poverty and dislocation, even after the Second World War.