Lake Andes (Yankton name: Bde Ihanke) lies in southern South Dakota in an area that was declared a Yankton Sioux Reservation in 1858. Today, 160 years later, the lake is a National Wildlife Refuge. Casting Digital Nets is a project that "explores the long, strange journey of the lake -- as it moved from a Yankton possession to a state-supported bass bonanza, to a federal wildlife refuge -- with particular attention to land tenure, economic pursuits, and fishery ecology, all unfolding under a backdrop of evolving legal doctrine and international treaties." This project is headed by David Nesheim, Assistant Professor of History at Chadron State College in Nebraska, with contributions from staff and research assistance from the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and Chadron State College. This project consists of two main components. Visitors may want to start by checking out the Map section, which provides a concise, yet rich, history of the region accompanied by eight historic maps. To learn more about the history of Lake Andes, visitors can explore a number of primary documents in the Browse section, including newspaper articles and correspondence. Alternatively, visitors may also conduct a keyword search of these items.
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