January 2006 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
Copyright © Phil Konstantin (1996-2007)

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Start of Phil Konstantin’s January 2006 Newsletter - Part 1


Here is part 1 of this month's newsletter. Among other
things, I have a inquiry from a publisher looking for some
authors to write some specific essays for an upcoming book.



The "Link of the Month" for January 2006 is the Cherokee Nation of
Mexico's History of Sequoyah. This website looks into the end of
Sequoyah's life. It is their contention that he died, and is buried, in
Modern Mexico. This page has lots of interesting information. The rest
of the website deals with many other topics. Some of those topics are:

Cherokee religion, storytelling, music, art, prophecies, sacred
formulas, language and medicine.

If nothing else, the website makes for an interesting read.

You can find it at:


Treaty of the Month:

TREATY WITH THE KALAPUYA, ETC., 1855 - Jan. 22, 1855. | 10 Stats., 1143.
| Ratified, Mar. 3, 1855. | Proclaimed, Apr. 10, 1855.

This treaty was signed in Dayton, Oregon Territory on January
22, 1855 by the United States and "the confederated bands of
Indians residing in the Willamette Valley"



Here is an opportunity for some of you to write an article
for publication. I have done a couple of articles for
these people before. Their checks have always cleared
the bank ~~|:-)

I have attached the e-mail from , the list of articles
needed and what you will get if they accept your article.
I recommend contacting them first, to make sure they need
any specific topic which interests you.

Please contact the directly if you have any questions:


Hello Colleagues,

ABC-CLIO is in the final stages of collecting entries for
its forthcoming four volume Encyclopedia of American Indian
History, edited by Bruce Johansen and Barry Pritzker, to be
published in mid-2007. There are, however, a small number
of important entries that are not yet written and time is
of the essence.

I have attached a copy of the list of entries to be written
along with the number of words we would like to see for each.
We will be willing to compensate anyone willing to help
according to the schedule attached. Should you be interested
in contributing to this important work, please e-mail me at

Thank you,
Dr. Steven L. Danver
Lead Editor, Acquisitions, ABC-CLIO
Managing Editor, Journal of the West

Contributor Information
Total Words Written Compensation Level

2,000 words Citation, electronic copy of encyclopedia ($420 value)

2,000-3,499 words Citation, electronic and book copy of encyclopedia
($610 value)

3,500-7,499 words Citation, electronic and book copy of encyclopedia
($610 value) + $200 honorarium

7,500-12,499 words Citation, electronic and book copy of encyclopedia
($610 value) + $500 honorarium

12,500 words Citation, electronic and book copy of encyclopedia ($610
value) + $750 honorarium

Encyclopedia of American Indian History
Entries to be written, 12/20/2005
(The number at the end of each entry is how many words
the article should have.)

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (1971) 1,500
Anasazi culture 3,000
Anishinabe Algonquin National Council 750
Archaeology and Native American prehistory 5,000
Athapaskan peoples 750
Bole-Maru religion 750
Bureau of American Ethnology 750
Code Talkers, Navajo 1,500
Cody, William (Buffalo Bill) 1,500
Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission 750
Dalles trading area 1,500
Dams (and fishing) 1,500
Deloria, Vine, Jr. 1,500
Fishing Rights (esp. Boldt decision) 3,000
Gorman, R. C. 750
Hohokam culture 1,500
Hopewell culture 1,500
Indian Mineral Leasing Act (1938) 1,500
Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act (1975) 1,500
Kennewick Man 1,500
Land cessions, colonial, early national 3,000
Land, identity and, ownership of, and rights 5,000
Longhouse religion 750
Men, roles in Native American societies 5,000
Migration theories 3,000
Missionaries, French Jesuit 750
Mississippian Culture 750
Mogollon culture 1,500
Mounds, Eastern 1,500
National Congress of American Indians 1,500
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
(1990) 1,500
Northwest Ordinance (1787) 1,500
Paleo-Indians 1,500
Pottery 1,500
Pueblo Revolt 1,500
Russians, in the Arctic/Northwest 3,000
Scalping 750
Scholder, Fritz 750
Totem poles 1,500
Tribal courts 1,500
Warfare, intertribal 1,500
Winnemucca (Paiute) 750
Women of All Red Nations (WARN) 1,500


Movie Review of "In MacArthur Park":

The director, Bruce R. Schwartz, aptly describes this 1977
movie as the story of a man who fell through the cracks.
The character Triam Lee has had to leave the Mojave reservation
along the Colorado River because a dam has eliminated the
fish his family depends on for food. Parker, Arizona has
no available jobs, either.

Triam settles in Los Angeles, but cannot find a job in
the dreary urban area he can afford. The story is based
on an improv done in one of Bruce R. Schwartz's acting
classes. The class project featured on of his students,
Adam Silver. The improv went over so well, that Schwartz
decided to make a feature length film. He based the main
character's background on Adam Silver's real origins. The
man who plays Silver's father was the actual Tribal
Chairman for the Mojave tribe. The scenes on the reservation
also feature dialog in the Mojave language.

The film is done in a documentary / cinéma vérité / guerrilla
filmaking style. It is very simply presented. It is no
masterpiece, but it does provide a glimpse into the lives of
some very desperate people in a land of plenty.

On a trivia note, the film is about a stabbing in MacArthur
Park. While they were filming in the park, an actual stabbing
took place within 150 feet of the actors.

If you are interested in getting a copy of this movie, I have a
link to it on my store page: http://americanindian.net/store.html

You can also get it through Netflix. I have a link to them on
my store page, as well.


Random historical events for January:

January 1, 1877: Colonel Nelson "Bear Coat" Miles, and his
forces from Fort Keogh (near modern Miles City, in eastern
Montana), are moving up the Tongue River in search of Crazy
Horse, and his followers. They have their first skirmish with
Indians. According to army reports, there are 600 lodges on
the Tongue River, which are abandoned as Miles moves through
the area.

January 2, 1848: Peter Skene Ogden arranges for the release of captives
during the Cayuse attack on the Whitman Mission.

January 3, 1895: On November 25, 1894, a group of nineteen Hopi
"hostiles" were placed under arrest by the army for interfering
with "friendly" Hopi Indian activities on their Arizona
reservation. The nineteen prisoners are held in Alcatraz prison
in California from January 3, 1895 to August 7, 1895.

January 4, 605: Palenque Maya Lord Ac - Kan ascends the throne according
to the museum at Palenque
Photo at: http://philkon.tripod.com/mayae.html

January 5, 1806: Sacajawea tells Lewis and Clark she wants to
see a dead whale which has washed up on the beach in Oregon.

January 6, 1706: The Spanish are trying to improve relations
with the Pueblos of modern New Mexico. Governor Francisco Cuervo
y Valdez and "Protector General for the Indians" Captain Alfonso
Rael de Aguilar meet with leaders of all the nearby tribes.
Among the Indians is Don Domingo Romero Yuguaque. Yuguaque is
Governor of the Tesuque Pueblo.

January 7, 1781: The Mission San Pedro Y San Pablo De Bicuner
is established, in modern Imperial County, California, where
the Anza Trail crosses the Colorado River. This is on land
claimed by the Quechan (Yuma) Indians.

January 8, 1700: Pierre le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville,
establishes a fort and trading post on the Mississippi River
a few dozen miles south of present day New Orleans. It is
his hope to establish friendly relations with the lower
Mississippi valley Indians to keep them from allying with
the English or the Spanish.

January 9, 1790: Spanish and Indian forces under Commanding
General Juan de Ugalde attack a group of 300 Lipan, Lipiyan,
and Mescalero Apaches at what they called the Arroyo de la
Soledad. The Spanish soundly defeat the Apache. The Spaniards
name the battlegrounds the "Cañón de Ugalde" in honor of
their commander. Modern Uvalde, Texas gets its name from
this spot.

January 10, 1839: John Benge, and 1,103 other Cherokees
arrive in the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). They
started their trek with 1,200.

January 11, 1851: As a part of the "Mariposa Indian Wars" in California,
Sheriff James Burney leads a force of settlers
against the local Indians. The battle is a draw.

January 12, 1880: Major Albert Morrow, and elements of the
Ninth Cavalry "buffalo soldiers," find, and attack Victorio,
and his Warm Springs Apaches, near the source of the Puerco
River, in southern New Mexico. The fighting lasts for about
four hours, until sunset, when the Indians escape. One soldier
is killed, and one scout is wounded.

January 13, 1729: Measels are spreading through "New Spain."
It has struck the Pima workers at the mission San Ignacio de
Caburica. The priest, Father Campos, baptizes twenty-two Pimas
"in periculo mortis" because they are so close to death. This
epidemic kills many Indians.

January 14, 1971: An election which adopted of a Constitution
and Bylaws for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is ratified
by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Harrison Loesch.
The election is held on November 7, 1970.

January 15, 1832: The Chickasaw meet at their council house
to discuss the removal proposal of President Jackson. They
decide to approve the removal, but they will not cooperate with
any efforts to have them share lands with the Choctaws.

January 16, 1805: The Mandans parlay with the Minnetarrees
according to Lewis and Clark.

January 17, 1800: Congress passes "An Act for the Preservation
of Peace with the Indian Tribes." One of its provisions was:
"That if any citizen or other person residing within the United States,
or the territory thereof, shall send any talk, speech,
message or letter to any Indian nation, tribe, or chief, with
an intent to produce a contravention or infraction of any
treaty or other law of the United States, or to disturb the
peace and tranquillity of the United States, he shall forfeit
a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, and be imprisoned
not exceeding two years."

January 18, 1870: From a marker in the Fort Buford (North Dakota)
cemetery: "He That Kills His Enemies - Indian Scout- January
18, 1870 - Died of Wounds ... in a quarrel with a fellow scout on the
5th inst. received a penetrating (arrow) wound of the pelvis and
abdomen. ... Death occurred January 18, 1870. An autopsy could
not be obtained owing to the feelings of the relatives."

You can see photos of Fort Buford on my website at:

January 19, 1777: A group of Oneida chiefs meet with Colonel
Elmore at Fort Schuyler. They want the army to tell the Mohawks
that the great council fire of the Onondagas as been

January 20, 1830: Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha) is a Seneca Chief
born around 1779. While he is often called a coward in war,
he is respected as a great speaker, and for his refusal to
adopt white ways. Following the way of many before him, he
eventually becomes an alcoholic. He dies today.

January 21, 1731: Natchez Indians, led by Chief Farine, have
built a fort in Louisiana near the Red River. French and Tunica forces,
led by the governor of Louisiana Etienne de Perier,
attack the fort. The fighting lasts for three days. While the
Natchez kill many of the allied forces, they are at a
disadvantage because the French have a cannon. After three
days of fighting, the Natchez promise to surrender the next
morning. Many of the Natchez escape during the night,
including Chief Farine.

January 22, 1855: The Treaty of Point Elliot (12 Stat. 927)
is signed. The Tulalip, the Kalapuya, the Swinomish, and the Snoqualnoo
Tribe of Whidbey Island, Washington are among the
signers. See the "Treaty of the Month section above for a
copy of the treaty.

January 23, 1689: Saco, in southwestern Maine is attacked
by Abenaki Indians, one in a series of attacks on the
settlement. Nine settlers are killed in the fighting.

January 24, 1835: The Mexican Governor Figueroa in Monterey, California
writes a letter to the Alcalde of San José. He
warns the local ranchers not to mount punative expeditions
against the local Indians. Some Indians have been raiding
ranches to steal the horses. One more than one occasion,
the Mexicans have killed innocent Tulare Indians in their
efforts to punish the thieves.

January 25, 1968: The United States Indian Claims Commission,
decrees that the Mescalero Apaches of New Mexico should
receive $8,500,000 for lands taken from them in the 1800s.
The Mescaleros refuse the largesse because, by law, they
cannot share the money with the Lipan, and Chiricahua Apaches.
A future ruling allows this.

January 26, 1716: Cherokee Chief Caesar has told the English
in South Carolina that he will never fight them. He also tells
the Europeans they have nothing to fear from the Creeks,
because they want peace, too. He offers to arrange for
leading Creeks to go to Charles Town to arrange a peace.
Today, sixteen Creek and Yamassee representatives arrive
at the Cherokee village of Tugaloo in northeastern Georgia.
The Creeks and the Yamassee know of the Cherokee's desire
to remain neutral, or at peace. Rather than talking about
peace, the representatives urge the Cherokees to join them
in their plan to attack the South Carolina settlements.
This so angers the Cherokees that the representatives are

January 27, 1863: General Patrick Connor, and almost 300
California volunteers fight Bear Hunter's Northern Shoshone
on Bear River, north of the Idaho-Utah boundary. The soldiers
report 224 of the warriors are killed in the fighting,
including Bear Hunter. Other sources put the number nearer to
400, including many women and children. Connor is called
"Star Chief" by the Indians. This is called the "Battle of
Bear River" by the army. Others call it "The Bear River
Massacre." Most sources says this happens on January 29, 1863.

January 28, 1908: As listed in Executive Order Number 744,
the lands set aside for the Navajo Indians in New Mexico
conflict with the lands set aside for the Jicarilla Apaches
by Executive Order on November 11, 1907. This will be

January 29, 1881: The Eight lodges of Iron Dog and sixty-
three of his followers surrender to Major George Ilges'
forces near the Poplar River in Montana. Thirteen horses,
and five guns are seized by the troops. The weather remains
bitterly cold.

January 30, 1838: Seminole Chief Osceola dies at Fort Moultrie,
in Charleston, South Carolina. It is believe he has some
sort of throat disease, others say malaria, other say he
dies of a broken heart.

January 31, 1833: The Mi’kmaq Waycobah First Nation reserve
of Whycocomagh #2 is established in Nova Scotia, according
to the Nova Scotia Councils.


I'll have more soon,

Happy New Year,


End of Phil Konstantin's January 2006 Newsletter - Part 1
Start of Phil Konstantin’s January 2006 Newsletter - Part 2


Here is Part 2 of this month's newsletter. I am holding an essay
contest for American Indian students, again, this year. I have
posted the details below. You can also find them on my website at
http://americanindian.net/contest.html . I would appreciate your
help in getting this information out to as many students, teachers
and schools as possible. Please feel free to post this on bulletin
boards, newsletters, other websites and e-mail newsletters. The two
previous years only saw a limited number of entries, although, the
essays were quite good. I hope to get lots of entries this year. I have
increase the prize for the runners-up to $25 this year.
Students do NOT have to be enrolled tribal members. If they say they are
American Indian (part, full, etc.), I will take their word for
it. Again, please pass this along to anyone you think might be



"This Day in North American Indian History" Essay Contest - 2006


The section below contains the rules, subject matter and the
awards for the winners and the runners-up.

I would appreciate your assistance in getting this information
out to anyone you think might be interested in participatings.
Please feel free to pass it along to others, add it to your newsletters,
newsgroups, websites, etc.

Please be sure to include the rules, when you pass this along
to others.




There are a couple of reasons for this contest. It is my hope
that these essays will help raise the participant's awareness
in the subject matter. Sharing the information will help to
educate the public, as well. Finally, this is a way for me
to help pay back the community who has supported my efforts
through my websites, newsletters and book ("This Day in
North American Indian History"). In case it matters, I am an
enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

This is an essay contest for North American Indian students.
Anyone whose ancestry is from any tribe between the North
Pole and Panama (Hawaii included) is eligible to enter. When
the word "tribe" is used in the rules, it is meant to include
the concept of "nation" or "native village," as well.

There are three subjects: one for elementary/junior high
school students, one for high school students, and one for
college students.

While I am the judge and final arbitor of the contest, I
might ask others for their opinions or assistance.

I will post some of the essays on my website and in my
newsletters (see the link at the bottom of the page).


Elementary and Junior High School students:
"What everyone needs to know about my tribe."

High school students:
"How my tribe's history guides my life."

College students:
"What does tribal sovereignty mean to my tribe."


There will be a total of three first place winners: one for
each of the different grade levels.

There will be a total of six runners-up: two for each of the
different grade levels.

All nine first place and runners-up essays will be posted
on my website, and included in my newsletter.

First Place Prize:
$50.00 (U.S.)
A signed copy of my book

Runner-up Prize
$25.00 (U.S.)
A signed copy of my book


1. The essay should be under 500 words in length and written
in English, or have an English translation with it.

2. Entrants should have American Indian ancestry, or attend
a tribal-run school. You do NOT have to be an "enrolled"
member. Contact me if you have any questions about whether
you qualify. I will be flexible on this.

3. Entries should be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses below.

4. All essays become the property of Phil Konstantin. They
will not be returned.

5. Essays may be posted on Phil Konstantin's website,
newsletters or other publications. By submitting an entry,
you agree to these terms.

6. Phil Konstantin is the final judge and arbitor for the

7. The deadline for receiving entries is April 15, 2006

Submitting entries:

E-mail is the prefered method. Please submit each entry in
an individual e-mail. Written entries may be submitted as a
group (i.e. if everyone in a class writes an essay, they
can all be mailed in the same envelope).

Be sure to include the student's name, tribal affiliation,
school grade & mailing address on their essay.

Regular mail:
Phil Konstantin
Essay Contest
P.O. Box 17515
San Diego, CA, USA 92177-7515

"Essay Contest" in the subject line
phil-@rocketmail.com or

The date of the announcement of the winners will be
determined by the number of entrants. As I have to read
each entry, the more I get, the longer it will take for me
to read them. I will try to announce the winners as soon
as I have read all of the entries. A copy of this notice
has been placed on this website:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Best wishes and good luck,

Phil Konstantin


Speaking of students, the Cherokee Nation website has posted
a nice list of places where students can look for
scholarships. You can see it at:



Newspaper articles:

Joe Garcia to deliver State of Indian Nations address

Tribe, BLM, firm settle CBM suit

Keeping a language alive - Squamish Elders circle around
the issue

Hank Adams: American Indian Visionary 2006

Bush drops tribal cash

Woman to lead tribes

Echohawk: Using their law and their history to protect our rights

California Disenrollment - bulletin board comments

Tribe eyes DeKalb

Abramoff pleads guilty to federal charges

Prairie Band Potawatomi chairman resigns

Sacred items returned to Bois Forte

Congress petitioned for return of Geronimo's remains

BIA recognition decision database v2.0 now online

Closure of Mine Wipes Out Tribe Jobs

Deloria: The most important Indian

DOI museums set to close but tribes may benefit

Nations seek presence on D.C. Embassy Row

Indigenous peoples voice urgency on global warming

Guess what? Cats came across the Bering Strait too

Cultural identity crisis

ANWR remains closed; Gwich'in celebrate

Top US Indian court upholds first gay marriage

Cherokee court rejects same-sex marriage challenge

IHS cited as contributing to rise in sexual abuse

Eastern Pequot council said to be 'out of control'

Ignorance rears its ugly head at teacher seminar

Denver to host 2006 North American Indigenous Games

Crow elders honored for traditional clothing

Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River reservations to receive heating aid

Loyal Mdewakanton win court battle

New internet site addresses sacred site destruction

Native Cooking

Color line vexes tribes across nation

NDN rap and its bad rap

Gover: Devotion, persistence, wisdom and vision

Tribe rejects buffalo licenses

Penobscots want to expand drug business


Here is another opportunity for you to get something published:

Write to Benefit Teachers and NAME

Inspired by a discussion on the NAME ListServ started by Gina
Boltz of Native Village, we are volunteering our time to
publish an inspirational book that will help both teachers
and the National Association for Multicultural Education.
The discussion centered on the struggles of P-12 teachers
in the era of No Child Left Behind. Increasing demands on
teachers coupled with low teacher salaries have left many
educators demoralized. Teachers are leaving the profession
in alarming numbers. Within the next 5-10 years the profession
will lose a significant percentage of teachers to retirement.
We want to help revitalize the teaching profession and remind ourselves
and the general public of the great power in
teaching to change the lives of our young people. We are
all former and current classroom teachers who believe
passionately that a sound, equitable education enriches
us all and contributes to creating that just society we
all struggle to achieve. We will not give up. We will not
lose hope. Please join us in our efforts by contributing
a personal story.

Gina Boltz, Director of Native Village -
http://www.nativevillage.org/ (Winner of the 2002
Multicultural Media Award from NAME and former elementary
teacher), Toledo, Ohio
Bill Howe, Past-President of NAME, Connecticut State
Department of Education,
Joanna Teodosio, Kindergarten Teacher, Milford, CT
Basanti Chakraborty, Assistant Professor of Early
Childhood Education, New Jersey City University

Call for Articles: Short stories are now being accepted
for the book "Why Us," (working title), a compilation of
writings by Pre-K-grade 12 teachers and educators that
inform, enlighten, and celebrate experiences within the
PreK-12 classroom. Proceeds from the sale of this book
will go to the National Association for Multicultural
Education to provide scholarships for students and
teachers to attend NAME conferences. A possible next
version might focus on the higher education experience.

Deadline: February 1, 2006

Description: To express the personal touches PreK-12
teachers bring to their students and classroom when
dealing with difficulties faced in the teaching profession.
Especially welcomed are experiences regarding diversity.
We are looking for submissions about people and
personalities that are reader friendly and inspiring.

Audience: Parents, students, teachers, general public

Format: 250-1,000 words; Poetry, prose, anecdotes, first
person essays, and tributes to others about successful
experiences within the PreK-12 classroom; Writing style
aimed for the general public; Submit stories edited and
spell-checked; Short (brief paragraph, maximum 50 words)
biography of author at end of article. Each written piece
should have a short title.

Inquiries regarding these article should be e-mailed to:

Submissions should be emailed to: why-@nameorg.org

NOTE: Authors must verify that permission must be obtained
from the subject, if real names are used. Authors must
understand that once accepted, the story becomes the
property of NAME. Further, authors must understand that
this work is given to NAME at no charge, with no expectation
of payment or royalties, for non-profit usage.

Story Example:

From: "Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Awareness to
by William A. Howe and Penelope L. Lisi,
to be published by McGraw-Hill in 2006

My visit to the small alternative program of twenty students
was routine. In my position as a school monitor, I regularly
scheduled site visits to urban schools to assess progress
being made in implementation of school improvement activities.   Located
in a community center in a poor section of the city,
the school was a last resort for high school students on
the verge of dropping out. Classes were taught by a man
and a woman team - Jamal, an African American teacher and
Maria, who was Hispanic, both who seemed eager to show off
the accomplishments of their students, but modest about
their own hard work at making the program a success.
Touring through the school I could not help but notice the
abundance of beautiful needle-point, macrame and other
craftwork done by the students. When questioned about this,
Jamal and Maria replied that they felt it important to
give students creative experiences to balance the strict
regiment of academics. Knowing that the school system was
in a perpetual budget crisis, I asked how they managed to
get time for an arts teacher in the budget. The reply that
I got was "œwe have been fortunate." My suspicious nature
caused me to ask several more times about how they found
funds in the budget and approval to bring in someone to
teach the students.
Each payday, these two dedicated teachers met in their
tiny office and put money from their own paychecks into
an envelope. This they used to quietly pay an elderly
retiree to come in twice a week to give classes to the
students in order to supplement her meager pension. The
students called her "Grandma" and showered her with
affection each time she came. Everyone in the community
knew what was going on and they approved. It was a
wonderful thing they were doing “ wonderful for the students,
the retiree and the community.
Reflecting back on what I saw in this school, I was struck
in particular by how the basic and firmly held beliefs of
these two very giving teachers about learning, teaching,
and students informed their instructional practice, even
when it meant personal sacrifice.   Jamal and Maria
clearly understood that education that meets the needs of
diverse learners must be rich in sensory experiences, must
engage student emotions, and must provide opportunities
for personal connections between teachers and students.
What these teachers did exemplified the essence of
multicultural education.

[Bill Howe has been an educator for 30 years and currently
works for the State Department of Education in Hartford,
CT. He is Past President of the National Association for Multicultural

Stories will be evaluated using this RUBRIC.
more information:


Messages from newsletter subscribers:

(As always, I do not vouch for the authenticity of these
events or issues, I am just passing them along for your


Dear Phil,

Would you be willing to announce audition information for my
upcoming World Premiere of TE ATA. I am a Chickasaw
playwright, and my play is about Chickasaw Actress and
Storyteller, Te Ata Thompson Fisher. The play will be
done in Oklahoma in August of 2006 and eventually travel
to other venues.

Auditions are February 25, 2006 from 9am to 3pm, with call
backs from 3-5pm. Auditions will be held at Rose State College.
To pre-register and assure an audition slot, interested
actors and actresses can visit: www.TeAtaWorldPremiere.com   

We need both Native and Non-Native actors, no matter their
ethnicity. We need singers, dancers, flute players, an
actress who plays the violin, etc. The website contains
information about all the characters in the play, as well
as a short history about Te Ata. ALL actors will be paid.

Thanks, JudyLee Oliva, Playwright, and Acting Artistic
Director, Te Ata World Premiere


Several people sent me this e-mail about a certain video game:

Go to this site for the letter to the company that produces a
game that makes reference to killing and scalping Apaches to
advance in the game.


excerpt from letter:

The Association for American Indian Development asks you to
join us in letting the publishers of this offensive game
know that this will not be tolerated -- BOYCOTT "Gun" the
video game, as well as other games published by Activision.
We also encourage you to use your American right to voice \
you concern to Activision by writing them..


From Christina Davidson   David-@nmaicrc.si.edu>;        

12/20/2005 09:36   AM                                                  
Subject:   NMAI-Job Opportunity    #05CS-1372 Producer

Hello All,
Please, distribute widely!
This is a great career opportunity with the National Museum
of the American Indian in the Community Services Department.
Those interested in Native radio as producer, conducting
oral histories, and internet or audio projects that help
Native voices be heard, are strongly urged to apply.

Please go to the Smithsonian Institution website and look
for job announcement #05CS-1372 Producer (this job closes
on January 13, 2006)

The web address for Smithsonian's job announcements is:

Thank you for helping to spread the word about this great
opportunity at the NMAI. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact me.


Christina Davidson
Community Services Program Assistant
Cultural Resources Center
National Museum of the American Indian
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Phone: 301-238-1557
Fax: (301) 238-3200



An interesting article on the ongoing saga of the
Schaghticoke's efforts to receive federal recognition.

Living in Legal Limbo
Saturday, December 24, 2005

As chief of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, I have pursued
tribal recognition from the federal government since 1981
-- seven years before Congress enacted the Indian Gaming
Regulatory Act, which permits federally "recognized"
tribes to conduct casino-type gambling in states that
allow it ["Some Conn. Tribes Have All the Luck; Others
Seek a Share of Casino Business," news story, Dec. 4].

In 1736 Connecticut recognized the Schaghticokes'
sovereignty in legislation that established our ancestral
lands in and around the present town of Kent. In January
2004, after two decades of effort, the Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA) approved our petition for federal

Nevertheless, a small group of politicians and their
invisible patrons later were able to engineer a revocation
of that recognition. Since then, we have been consigned
to legal limbo without the means to defend our legitimate
heritage land claims.

As we empty our coffers to pursue remedies in the
federal courts, we take courage from a petition circulated
by our fellow Schaghticokes. The petition, which has
accumulated hundreds of signatures, calls on the Senate
Committee on Indian Affairs to investigate some
disturbing questions about the BIA's abrupt about-face,

Who are the people arrayed against us?

How did a grass-roots organizations such as Town Action
to Save Kent gain access to the White House and manage
to rejigger the tribal recognition process?

How can Connecticut's attorney general argue against the
existence of a tribe that the state has recognized under
a treaty for almost 270 years?

Why have some Connecticut representatives to Congress
thwarted the expressed desire of nearly 90 percent of
the voters of their state's largest city at the bidding
of a few rural constituents?

Fortunately, the tribe still has 400 acres, and we plan
to develop this land aggressively to generate income and
use that to fund housing for our people. Undoubtedly,
our neighbors in Kent will fret about the property value
of lands that, in the last of many dark ironies,
rightfully belong to the Schaghticokes.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation
Kent, Conn.


An update on the Cobell v. Norton case:

Judge Awards Fees and Expenses to Plaintiffs in Trust Case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth
today awarded $4.5 million in fees to the lawyers who
helped Native Americans win landmark rulings that will
force the U.S. government to account for its malfeasance
in its management of individual Indian Trust accounts.
The Justice Department was ordered to pay the fees promptly.

The fee award covers work over a five-year period, from
the development of the complaint filed June 10, 1996 to
Feb. 23, 2001, when the Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia upheld the landmark ruling giving Indians a
right to a full accounting of their trust funds.

In his opinion, Judge Lamberth pointed out that "[t]his
was not "a case in which the Government voluntarily changed
it ways before judicial action was taken.'" Instead, the
judge found that the government and Department of Justice
attorneys bear much of the responsibility for the complexity,
cost and length of the nearly decade-long legal fight.

"By any yardstick, defendants' conduct can not reasonably
be characterized as 'substantially justified'," the judge
said. He noted that the goverment has "demonstrated an
unprecedented level of defiance, both of the Rules of Civil
Procedure and of this Court's orders."

"People in Indian Country have no doubt that the government
bears full responsibility for the high costs of this case,"
said Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation and
the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. "This case has been
marked by continued government obstruction, downright lies, destruction
of evidence and contempt of court findings
against the government."

"In all, the government has assigned more than 100 lawyers
to fight us, and adding more all the time. When we first
began this litigation to right this wrong that dates back
to 1887, no one thought we had any chance to win. After
winning and being upheld on appeal, we are pleased that
the court has validated our attorneys' work with this fee

"Our lawyers have worked without any pay and devoted
themselves completely to this case for almost ten years.
They have been through four trials, seven appeals, 2500
different court filings, and six attempts at mediation
and they have not been paid fees. Even today, this award
is only for some of their fees incurred over five years
ago and some costs are almost ten years old.

"While I would rather not have to spend a dime on lawyers,
Indian beneficiaries know that without our legal challenge
to the Indian Trust system, the government would have
continued to do absolutely nothing to resolve the long-
standing problem with our Individual Indian trust accounts."

Along with the $4.5 million in attorneys fees, the
plaintiffs were reimbursed for approximately $2.6 million
for litigation costs and expenses.

The payments were made under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
The law allows federal judges to order payment of legal fees
and expenses of those who bring actions against the
government "unless the court finds that the position of the
United States was substantially justified or special
circumstances make an award unjust."

For Additional Information:

Bill McAllister


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I came across an interesting website dealing with science.
Science Magazine's 125 anniversary led to an article about
the top 125 unanswered questions in science. This website
lists the top 25 questions. Each question then has a link
to another page which deals with that question in detail.
You might find it interesting. I know I did.



Here is a great website to get some tips about all kinds
of computer related subjects. I have found it to be quite




Here are some humorous items:


My good friend Haylee sent this:


It can buy a House
But not a Home

It can buy a Bed
But not Sleep

It can buy a Clock
But not Time

It can buy a Book
But not Knowledge

It can buy a Position
But not Respect

It can buy Medicine
But not Health

It can buy Blood
But not Life

It can buy Sex
But not Love

Money isn't everything. And it often causes pain and
suffering. I tell you all this because I am your Friend,
and as your Friend I want to take away your pain and

So send me all your money and I will suffer for you.




My daughter Sarah sent me this:

These have to be original and genuine - no adult is this

BRUCE (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new
baby sister. After a while he asked: "Mom why have you got
two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny
replied she was so old she didn't remember any more.
Melanie said, "If you don't remember you must look in the
back of your panties. Mine say five to six."

DOUG (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. "I love
you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury you
outside my bedroom window."

SHARON (age 4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She
tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her
frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and
she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the
little girl asked: "How does it know it's me?

REBECCA (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups.
"Please don't give me this juice again," she said, "It
makes my teeth cough."

TOM (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "How
much do I

STEVE (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were
hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his
eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering
in her mouth?"

JOSH (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his
Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know
what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will
my wife fit in?"

ALDEN (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read:
"The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out
of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." Concerned,
James asked: "What happened to the flea?"

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly,
rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for
awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget.... this
particular Sunday sermon..."Dear Lord," the minister began,
with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on
his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust." He
would have continued but at that moment my very obedient
daughter (who was listening!) Leaned over to me and asked
quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mom, what
is butt dust?"


My mother sent this:

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the
Director what was the criteria that decides a patient
needs to be institutionalized.

Well, said the Director, we fill up a bathtub, we offer
a teaspoon, teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask
the patient to empty the bathtub.

Okay, here's your test:

1. Would you use the spoon?
2. Would you use the teacup?
3. Would you use the bucket?

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person
would choose the bucket as it is larger than the spoon or
the cup."

"Noooooo.." answered the Director. "A normal person would
pull the plug."

Go ahead and admit it. You said #3 too, didn't you?


My friend Ed Clark sent this:

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know
the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when
they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four
billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks
when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use
the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with
hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with
their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine
it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on
your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle
with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do
we say, "It's all right?" Well, it isn't all right, so why
don't we say, "That hurt, you stupid idiot?"

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's
falling off the table you always manage to knock something
else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it
was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?


Linda Payne sent this one:

Things you learn from raising - or being raised with - Boys:

1.) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000
sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over
them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3.) A 3-year old boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in
a crowded restaurant.

4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor
is not strong enough to rotate a 42-pound boy wearing Batman
underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however -
if tied to a paint can - to spread paint on all four walls
of a 20x20 ft. room.

5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan
is on. However, when you DO use a ceiling fan as a bat, you
have to throw the ball up a few times before you finally get
a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a very long way.

6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a
baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7.) When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh",
it's already too late.

8.) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9.) A 6-year old boy can start a fire with a flint rock, even
though a 36-year old man says they can only do it in the movies.

10.) Certain Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a
4-year old boy.

11.) The words "Play Dough" and "microwave" should not be used
in the same sentence.

12.) Superglue is forever.

13.) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool,
you still can't walk on water.

14.) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15.) VCR's do not eject "PB&J" sandwiches - even though TV
commercials show they do. (Grilled cheese doesn't work either.)

16.) Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17.) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18.) You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is....

19.) Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic
toys do not like ovens.

20.) The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response

21.) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make
earthworms dizzy.

22.) It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23.) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24.) 80% of Men who read this will try mixing Clorox and
brake fluid.

Those who pass this on to almost all of their friends, with
or without boys, do it because:

a) For those with no children - this is totally hysterical!
b) For those who already have children past this age, this is hilarious.
c) For those who have children this age, this is not funny.
d) For those who have children nearing this age, this is a
e) For those who have not yet had children, this is birth control



That's it for now,

Happy New Year,


End of Phil Konstantin's January 2006 Newsletter - Part 2
Start of Phil Konstantin’s January 2006 Newsletter - Part 3


Just a short note,

PBS is doing an interesting series on the French And Indian War. It is
called "The War That Made America." You can find out more about it
through the link below, including if it is playing locally in America.


I recommend checking it out.


That's it for now,

Happy New Year,


End of Phil Konstantin's January 2006 Newsletter - Part 3

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