Part of the systemic destruction of Native people was moving the survivors of massacres like Wounded Knee (or the many Government condoned slaughters of, "uprisings") to unsustainable land where they would eventually starve to death.
The Ho-Chunk tribe (also known as Winnebago) were a Siouan tribe, they had many offshoots, including Quapaw, Missouri, Iowa, Oto, Omaha and the Ponca. The latter was my mother's tribe. The Ponca lived among lakes stretching from Wisconsin to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. They continued to move West, ultimately settling along the South Dakota border at Lewis & Clark lake. With the rounding up and, "reserving of Indians" the Ponca tribe was moved to the plains of Nebraska onto the Winnebago reservation. This is where my Grandfather was born, on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska just 20 years after the massacre at Wounded Knee.
The Ho-Chunk (specifically Ponca) were fishermen and harvested wild rice which was plentiful along the Great Lakes area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada. According to Government reports, the Ponca were good at business and so friendly with traders and traveling religious visitors that they were known as, "The Civilized Tribe" in reports and intermarried frequently which resulted in what the government called the most ethnically diverse tribe or as some reports eloquently stated,"halfbreeds." In one particular report, a Judge appeared to be surprised that the soldiers who married Ho-Chunk women treated the children of their Ho-Chunk wives as if they were from White Mothers. He further states that because they are mixed blood, they are doomed to Indian Country.