Waynoka Cheyenne Village
Waynoka translates to “Sweet Water” in the language of the Cheyenne people. For this reason many American migrants and other visitors refer to the river settlement as Sweetwater Village. Like many Cheyenne, many residents of Waynoka have been displaced from other villages – driven out by Americans and rival tribes. This has fostered a potpourri of ideals and practices among the village. Some of the warriors hold severe grudges against their persecutors, while others wish only peace and isolation. Trade between the village and nearby cities has grown slowly over the past few years, though goods such as firearms and clothing are becoming increasingly popular commodities.
The people of Waynoka are skilled hunters and trappers. Though once they had subsisted predominately on buffalo, their traditional hunting grounds have since been claimed by the Lakota. After many decades of battling for territory, the Waynokans have settled on fishing and hunting smaller game such as deer and fowl.