are Native Americans
that have various groups and bands based on a number of language dialects. Primarily, they are comprised of three major divisions based on Siouan dialect and subculture. The Isaŋathi, often called the Santee or Eastern Dakota, primarily reside in the in the extreme east of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa. The Ihanktowan-Ihanktowana reside in the Minnesota River area and are considered to be the middle Sioux, often referred to as the Yankton and the Yanktonai. The third division is the Western Dakota known for their hunting and warrior culture, are often referred to as the Lakota.