February 2013 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
Copyright © Phil Konstantin (1996-2013)

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O'siyo (Cherokee for Howdy),

Today is the last day of my job as a reporter/photographer for the ABC affiliate in San Diego. Tomorrow (Friday - Feb 1), the pilot will be flying our helicopter back to the company's main base in Saint Louis. The airport is just a couple of miles from Cahokia Mounds. The pilot asked me if I wanted to come along to see all of the scenery. I said OK. We should arrive Saturday afternoon and I'll fly back Sunday evening (Commercial flight).

Anyone has any tips of what to see in the immediate St. Louis area on a Saturday night/Sunday morning other than Cahokia?

My next adventure will be finding a new job.



Here is my Facebook posting for my last day working.


Today is my last day flying in the helicopter for Ch.10 ( 10News  ABC San Diego KGTV) . I have been flying in Sky10 since June of 2010. That makes a little over 1,000 flights. During that time, we have covered brush fires, building fires, wildfires, shootings, pursuits, SWAT operations, flooding, rescues, parades, long lines, high surf and all kinds of traffic problems.

These videos were carried live or recorded and used later by both Ch. 10 and Ch. 7/39 (KNSD). Other stations also used them from time to time. Some of these reports went regional or national. The Junior Seau suicide videos were used on both the ABC and NBC nightly news. Other material was used live on ABC's Good Morning America, ESPN and NFL.com (Qualcomm Stadium flooding).

I have flown with four pilots. James is now with Customs/Border Patrol. Grey now flies small jets. Ruben A Campos is the part-time/morning pilot (see us in the photo below). He is an Engineering Staff Manager for Qualcomm. He loves to fly and is a great guy. Dave Vargas is the full-time afternoon/evening pilot. He is so good at flying that he certifies other people on how to handle emergencies.

All of the TV stations in town are going to be using the same helicopter as of February 1, 2013 (Chopper 8). Their owner offered big savings. So, Sky10 is being returned to its owner on February 1. I have joked about all of the flights I have taken without getting any frequent flier miles. Well, I am finally going to get some of those. Dave is going to fly Sky10 back to the company's home base in St. Louis. He asked if I would like to come along. This will give me a chance to see a lot of the Southwest and lower Great Plains states closeup. The airport we are going to is just a few miles from the Cahokia Indian Mounds, a place I have always wanted to see. So, this will be a fitting end to my association with Sky10.

I want to thank everyone who has watched us over the last 32 months. My colleagues at Ch. 10 have been great to work with. I will miss them all. While I am sad to see it end, it has been a great ride.


I'll post my Cahokia photos when I return....


Phil Konstantin's February 2013 Newsletter #1


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This Day in North American Indian History
This Day in North American Indian History is a one-of-a-kind, vastly entertaining and informative book covering over 5000 years of North American Indian history, culture, and lore. Wide-ranging, it covers over 4,000 important events involving the native peoples of North America in a unique day-by-day format.

The thousands of entries in This Day in North American Indian History weave a compelling and comprehensive mosaic of North American Indian history spanning more than five millennia-every entry an exciting opening into the fascinating but little- known history of American Indians.

Over 100 photographs and illustrations - This book has 480 pages, weighs 2.2 pounds and is 8" by 9.5" in size. The Dates, Names and "Moons" section of these pages are based on the book.

This is the cover to my 4th book. 
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This is the cover to my 4th book. Click here to got more info, or to order a copy or to get more info."

Native American History For Dummies

I wrote six of the twenty-four chapters in this book. I am credited with being the technical editor. Book Description:
Native American History For Dummies introduces readers to the thousand-year-plus history of the first inhabitants of North America and explains their influence on the European settlement of the continent. Covering the history and customs of the scores of tribes that once populated the land, this friendly guide features vivid studies of the lives of such icons as Pocahontas, Sitting Bull, and Sacagawea; discusses warfare and famous battles, offering new perspectives from both battle lines; and includes new archaeological and forensic evidence, as well as oral histories that show events from the perspective of these indigenous peoples. The authors worked in concert with Native American authorities, institutions, and historical experts to provide a wide range of insight and information.
This is the cover to my 3rd book. 
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This is the cover to my 3rd book. Click here to got more info, or to order a copy or to get more info
Treaties With American Indians I wrote an article and several appendix items for this book.
Clips from a review on Amazon.com: *Starred Review* In the 93 years from 1778 until 1871, there were more than 400 treaties negotiated by Indian agents and government officials. Editor Fixico and more than 150 contributors have crafted a three volume comprehensive tool that will soon become essential for anyone interested in the topic. A resource section with lists of ?Alternate Tribal Names and Spellings,? ?Tribal Name Meanings,? (<---- I wrote this part) Treaties by Tribe,? and ?Common Treaty Names? and a bibliography and comprehensive index are repeated in each volume. This impressive set has a place in any academic library that supports a Native American studies or American history curriculum. It is the most comprehensive source of information on Canadian-Indian treaties and U.S.-Indian treaties. Also available as an e-book.

"The Wacky World of Laws"
It was just released in May 2009.
The Wacky World of Laws. Click on the cover to order a copy or to get more info.

The Wacky World of Laws is a compilation of U.S. and International Laws that are out of the ordinary. With the U.S. churning out 500,000 new laws every year and 2 million regulations annually, this book is the ideal go-to book fro everyone who wants a good laugh at the expense of our legal system. Law so often can be boring! Now with The Wacky World of Laws, you can be the hit of any water cooler conversation, and amaze your friends with precious legal nuggets.

I wrote most of this book. It is my fifth book.

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