March 2012 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
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Phil Konstantin's March 2012 Newsletter


This is newsletter is obviously a bit late. I am still trying to catch
up on a bunch of things from when my computer was messed up. One of the
things I have been doing is setting up a new website dedicated to
"Virtual reality" photographs. I use some special software which turns a
regular photo into something you can zoom in & out; move up, down, right
and left. When the original photos are good enough, you actually get the
feeling of being there. Please check out the new website:

I have been adding lots of videos to my YouTube channel. Mostly, these
are from the videos I shot every day as a helicopter-based TV reporter
in San Diego. There are a couple of American Indian oriented videos,
though. Check out the Playlist section to find the Indian videos. They
are all very short...

And finally, I have added a new feature to the newsletter. instead of
just doing printed news links, I am also posting a few news videos. This
will be a regular feature in the future.

Sorry for the delay,




Speaking of videos, this month's Link of the Month is Snag Films. They
feature lots of free movies. Specifically, I have found the following
movies which have American Indian groups or issues as the subject
matter. There are occasional commercials.

Blackfeet Encounter

Hand Game

Harold of Orange

Indian Country Diaries (Episode 1)

Indian Country Diaries (Episode 2)

Looking Toward Home

The Great American Footrace

Way of the Warrior

The Oneida Speak

Aleut Story

Silent Thunder

The Legend of Cougar Canyon (The Secret of Navajo Cave)

Ishi, The Last Yahi


River Ways

The Rules of the Game

Who Owns The Past?

California's Lost tribes

Sovereign Nation, Sovereign Neighbors

Bill Reid

The Oneida Speak

Rez Dogs



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

This treaty involves: Cession to the United States. Temporary
reservation. Protection. Removal to a home to be assigned. Payment to
said Indians. How expended. Further payment. How expended. Provision if
any refuse to sign this treaty. Provision if any claim to territory
north of the Columbia is established. Reservation and home may be
surveyed and allotted. Annuities not to be taken for debt. Stipulations
as to conduct of said Indians. Intemperance. Roads may be constructed.


American Indian is the very first digital magazine offered by a
Smithsonian museum. In addition to reading it online from your computer
or lap top right now. The link is below. You can also get free instant
access to American Indian magazine on your iPad or iPhone. Simply click
here for the free application directly from Apple’s App Store and follow
the instructions.


(Posted strictly for informational purposes. Unless noted, I do not
vouch for these people or groups.)


The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is holding its
Spring 2012 Student Conference March 24-27 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
This year's conference theme is "Honor the Drum." NAPT's Executive
Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) will be presenting on "Natives
in the Movies."


NAPT is Looking to Partner College Students with Public Television

Deadline to Apply is March 31
NAPT is looking to partner college students and Public Television
stations to offer three multimedia summer internships. From a pool of
applicants, NAPT will select three currently enrolled undergraduate or
graduate students for a 10-week, paid internship.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB),
the purpose of this paid multimedia summer internship is to increase the
journalism and production skills for the selected college student. One
of the major goals of the internship will be to increase the quantity
and quality of multimedia reporting available to Public Television
audiences and other news outlets.

Find Out More -

Download the Application Form:

Read the Full Press Release:


28th Annual California Indian Market
May 5 & 6, 2012 – SAT & SUN -10 am - 7 pm   
MAY 5 & 6, 2012 -  SATURDAY & SUNDAY -  10AM TO 7PM
Family-oriented, sobriety, public educational benefit.
$1 Donation benefits Peace Vision, Inc.  Laynee Reyna  831-623-4771

                          More info:
Honoring our ancestors, our troops and veterans
Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers and Drum
Native foods: Indian Tacos, Fry Bread, Beverages, etc.
Sponsors: Peace Vision, Inc -Laynee Reyna, CEO-
Earthbound Farms – San Juan Bautista.
Contact: Maggi Malone  (831)  588-5872


Request for Stories: Growing Native

NAPT seeks stories that can be included in the seven-part series,
Growing Native, which will focus on reclaiming traditional knowledge and
food ways to address critical issues of health and wellness, the
enviornment and human rights.

Segments intended for Growing Native will be five to fifteen-minutes in
length, and will also be part of rich, web-based interactive media. 

Growing Native will focus on Tribes, stories and events from seven
geographic regions, including the Northwest, Southwest, Southern
Plains/Oklahoma, Northeast, Southeast, Northern Plains/Canada and
Alaska. Across the country, Native people are regaining their health and
strength through the recovery and revitalization of traditional
knowledge systems of land, language, traditional arts and health.


Cherokee Nation Foundation ACT & College Prep Weekends

Ft. Gibson High School
Commons Room
Princeton Review
carreers with a pupose

Saturdays March 17 & 3 , 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
Add to my calendar

March 17 & 31, 2012
Open to high school juniors

You're invited to an  educational seminar focusing on Junior
Achievements JA Careers with a Purpose & ACT prep from the Princeton
Review Foundation.

Through JA Careers with a Purpose, students learn to use ethical
decision-making skills to make career and life decisions. They discover
that their career can have a noble purpose by reviewing their values and
life maxims.

ACT-Prep- a Crash course in what it takes to get your ACT scores up.

Expert instruction
Extensive personal feedback based on your needs (please
bring test scores)
Overview for all 5 sections of the ACT
Online practice tools

Event is Open to Cherokee Nation Citizens.
Students do not have to attend Ft. Gibson high school to Attend.

Students that participate will receive certificates from Junior
Achievement and priority placement to the Cherokee College Preparatory

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

Register Now!
I can't make it

Please forward to other students and parents.


Heather Sourjohn
Cherokee Nation Foundation


News Articles (in no particular order):

AP Story About Offensive Place Names Features James Ramos of San Manuel

Tom-Kav the New Rallying Cry: Prayers Needed to Stop Further Desecration
of Sacred Sites

Feds recommend tribe readmit expelled Pala members

Indians Saving the Buffalo People

World church council disowns Doctrine of Discovery

Navajos sue over trademark infringement

Canyon de Chelly Remains an Important Place in Navajo History

Archaeology Magazine Examines the Site of Coronado’s Battle at Piedras

Ancient artwork offers a puzzling picture of past

Ancient Artifacts Rewrite Western Colorado History

Choctaw chief Phyliss Anderson off to fast start

Letica, R: The Importance of Native Education

21st Century Ndns Towards a New Consciousness

American Indian Monitors Help San Gabriel Dig Site Preserve Artifacts

Tribe pursues plans for off-site casino

'Rez Life' reveals realities of reservations

Cherokee language key to Cherokee identity

Has Ritual Become a Religion?

Letter from Tennessee: Return to the Trail of Tears

Native Women Push For Improved Access To Plan B

State finds problems with tribe's foster care

Sugar, D:  The Cherokees of Idaho

Caribou slaughter outrages Manitoba First Nations

ACLU sues on behalf of pregnant teen

Get Out Your Shades for the Brilliant Algonquin Snow Moon

Southeastern Indian Agriculture

American Indian Human Remains: Where is the Human Decency?

Pain Of 'Trail Of Tears' Shared By Blacks As Well As Native Americans

All quiet day after violent Calif. tribal clash

Need for Strong Native Communities Due to Climate Change

Canadian PM lauds sainthood for Tekakwitha

Sacred tribal burial ground bulldozed early Thursday, tribes say

I flew over this site. See my station's video on this here:

Pueblo Weaving

Ancient Canals of the Gila River Valley

State Versus Tribe Tobacco Issues Resurface

Fort Peck tribes agree to $75M trust settlement

Homeland Security Includes Tribes Sharing Information

Tribal band to be profiled in documentary

The Fort Marion Prisoners

New research shows ancient Maya women were powerful leaders

Pawhuska Catholics celebrate first Native American woman to achieve

Nearly 20,000 ‘Suspicious Activities’ Reported in Indian Gaming 2004-11

Balog, R: Iron Eyes Cody or Iron Eyes Dress Code?

Is Indian Country ready for termination?

Missoula journalist Jodi Rave pioneers Indian Country coverage

Indians 201: Sacred Places in Northern California

The 19th Century Red River Rebellion

Study: Pilgrimage a 'costly signal'

Native American middle school basketball player benched for speaking in
native language (video)

Native Knowledge and Modern Science Foresee Ill Effects of Mild Winter

Balog, R: Tribal Order! The White House Delivers

Wash. Supreme Court upholds tribal fishing rights

Religion caused near destruction of Lakota families

Do Indian Reservations Lack Equal Justice?

President Reagan and the Indians

Museums work to return Native American remains, artifacts to their
original places

Blimp helps UO document medicine wheels in Oregon

Beer sales plunge near American Indian tribe plagued by alcoholism

Pine Ridge Residents Halt Canadian Mine Equipment Transportation Through

Bishop, H: Kinaalda

Fired Cherokee Nation employees file lawsuit

Israel and the Coushatta: one miracle that deserves another

The Power of the World Works in Circles

Justice Denied in the 1870s

Research Reveals First Evidence of Hunting by Prehistoric Ohioans

Archaeologists Make Big Find at Aztec Temple in Mexico

Excavations near San Gabriel Mission Reveal Rich Archaeological Evidence,0,6508809.story

Counties, Lawmakers Oppose Tribe’s Federal Recognition for Fear of Napa
Valley Casino

Blodgett, C: Gifts & Insights from the Water is Life Walk II

US Senate OKs bill for Quileute tribal move

Effort under way to remove tribal chairman

Historic Wetlands Inspire Research at Haskell

Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Stolen Ancient Mayan Artifacts Being Returned To Guatemala

Oregon considers banning Native American mascots

Abramoff Scandal Secrets: Tribal Confrontation Sparks Journalist Mystery

Boles, C: Native Language

Eastern Pequots seek recall of tribal council

Raymond Yowell: A Courageous Indigenous Leader

Some American Indian Tribes Recording Faster Growth Than Rest of US -
Voice of America

Missouri River Mythos

The Navajo and Oil in the 1920s

Mexicans Find Millennium-Old Mayan Game Board

Native American Fair Commerce Coalition Takes Issue With U.S. Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray

White Buffalo Hunt Causing Uproar Throughout Indian Country Will Stop

Brucker, M: Wounded Knee – 121st Anniversary

Tribes want order denying Oklahoma water rights

Echo Hawk points to big increase in land-into-trust approval

Ethnic mascots are never winners

Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills talks life lessons to Native students

No Child Left Behind Act: A Bust in Indian Country

Burrows, M: Faces of the Bison Nation

Lumbee leaders renew effort to gain recognition

Bill for new South Dakota flag stirs debate

Tribes struggle with how to handle the Freedmen

Federal officials close to compensating Chippewa bands for tribal land

Deconstructing the Indigenous Ego… (With a smile)

Native Soldier Killed in Koran Burning Retaliation

Chalk, M: Assimilation Near Completion

UI declines to invite Fighting Sioux to meet

BIE looks into Cheyenne River complaints

Hollywood Indian Rides Again

An Interview with State Rep. Susan Allen

D.C. Viewed through the Lens of this Indigenous Woman

Bill John Baker, Policy-Maker: An Interview With the New Cherokee
Principal Chief


News Videos (in no particular order):

Local Tribe Sues Over Construction On Sacred Burial Site
* * I shot the aerial video for this * *

Qualifying for a Native American Home Loan

Barricades at Chukchansi Tribal Headquarters

Team targeting drug traffic stretching budget

Tony Redhouse - Performance

Japan Ordering Tons Of Native American Jewelry

Ha:San Preparatory & Leadership School

Woody Crumbo Retrospective

Eagle Lab

Bernero Issues Apology over Controversial Remarks

The Annual Maple Sugaring Festival

Tribe Demands $500M From Beer Makers

Voters Elect 1st American Indian Rep.

American Indian Education Summit

Chukchansi Hold New Election

Tribe votes against Kialegee casino

Indian tribes pitching for casinos

Tribes Order Homeless to Vacate Camp


History section:

Here are some randomly picked historical events for March

March 1, 1793: Congress passes "An Act to Regulate Trade and Intercourse
with the Indian Tribes." It also passes "An Act Making An Appropriation
to Defray the Expense of a Treaty With the Indians Northwest of the

March 2, 1868: The Seven Bands of Ute treaty (15 stat. 619) is signed in
Washington, D. C.

March 3, 1820: The Mi’kmaq Afton First Nation reserve of Pomquet - Afton
is established in Nova Scotia. The Bear River First Nation reserve of
Bear River is also established.

March 4, 1870: Louis Riel’s Metis have taken over the government in the
Red River Colony. They execute Thomas Scott for "taking up arms" against
Riel’s government. This execution helps to speed up an expedition
against Riel’s Metis.

March 5, 1861: The Confederacy appoints Albert Pike, of Arkansas, to
negotiate treaties with the Indians in the region. He establishes the
"United Nations of the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma)" as an
Indian confederacy to oppose the government of Abraham Lincoln.

March 6, 501: Maya King Ahkal Mo' Naab' I ascends to the throne in
Palenque, Mexico

March 7, 1524: Giovanni da Verrazano, sailing for France, anchors near
Wilmington, North Carolina, in the "Dauphine." He kidnaps a child they
encounter to bring back to Europe. Some sources report this happening on
March 1st.

March 8, 1857: Inkpaduta, and a little over a dozen Wapekutah Sioux
warriors, attack a series of settlements in northwestern Iowa along
Spirit Lake. As many as forty settlers are killed.

March 9, 1805: The Grand Chief of Minnetarees visits Lewis and Clark.

March 10, 1957: The Dalles Dam floods sacred fishing areas on the
Columbia River

March 11, 1848: As a part of the Cayuse War, a fight takes place .
Captain McKay, and a force 268, are ambushed by approximately 400
Palouse. The Palouse are allied to the Cayuse.

March 12, 1798: According to Hudson’s Bay Company records, two Kootenay
Indians arrived at Edmonton House in Canada. The Indians made their way
through the Rockies during to winter to seek trade.

March 13, 1864: The first group of Navajos finish the "Long Walk" to
Fort Sumner on the Bosque Redondo Reservation, in east-central New
Mexico. During their march, thirteen of the 1,430 who started the trip
are kidnaped by Mexicans or die.

March 14, 1697: The last of the independent Maya tribes, called the
Itza, are finally conquered by the Spanish. The Spanish attack and
defeat the Itza at their capital city of Tayasal, Guatemala.

March 15, 1869: Colonel George Custer, and his troops discovers two
Cheyenne villages, of over 250 lodges, on Sweetwater Creek near the
Texas-Oklahoma boundary. The Cheyenne have been order to report to their
reservation. Custer captures four Chiefs. He threatens to hang the Chief
unless the Cheyenne surrender. Both of the villages decide to give up.

March 16, 1621: Samoset meets the Pilgrims.

March 17, 1853: Joel Palmer becomes superintendent of Indian Affairs in
Oregon . He guides the creation of the Oregon Indian reservations.

March 18, 1877: The "Battle of Yellow House Canyon" takes place near
modern Lubbock, Texas. It involves over 150 Quahadi Comanches led by
Black Horse, and about fifty local hunters. Black Horse had killed a
buffalo hunter who had shot and killed a large number of buffalo in the
area. Black Horse is infuriated by the slaughter of his tribe’s economic
mainstay. The buffalo hunters sneak up on Black Horse’s camp and attack
it in retaliation for the killing of the hunter. Some sources list this
as the last significant Indian fights in the Texas panhandle.

March 19, 1851: According to the Costan internet site, one in a series
of treaties with California Indians is signed at Camp Fremont. These
treaties purports to set aside lands for the Indians and to protect them
from angry whites. The Americans are represented by George W. Barbour,
Redick McKee and Oliver M. Wozencraft.

March 20, 1699: Continuing his exploration up the Mississippi River,
French explorer Pierre le Moyne d'Iberville visits the village of the
Houma Indians.

March 21, 1842: General Zachary Taylor estimates that by this date,
2,833 Seminoles have relocated to the Indian Territory (present day

March 22, 1622: Opechancanough is Chief of the Pamunkey Indians. They
are part of the Powhatan Confederacy. They attack the English today,
Good Friday, at Jamestown. An Indian, named Chanco, warns his
step-father, Richard Pace, of the impending attack. While the town is
warned, the outer settlements suffer the brunt of the attack. 347 of the
1,240 English are killed in the fighting. This is the first large
"massacre" by Indians in North America.

March 23, 1889: President Benjamin Harrison says part of Oklahoma will
be opened to the public.

March 24, 1617: King James I, of England, decides the Indians of
Virginia must be educated. He directs the Anglican church to collect
funds to build churches and schools.

March 25, 1839: Peter Hilderbrand, and 1,312 of his original group of
1,776 forced Cherokee emigrants arrive in the Indian Territory (present
day Oklahoma). This is the last of the major groups of arriving
Cherokees in the Indian Territory. The migration is called "the Trail of
Tears." Although figures vary according to the source, it is believed
almost 12,000 Cherokees survived the emigration. Almost 4,000 died
during the move.

March 26, 1777: Henry Hamilton is the British Lieutenant Governor of
Detroit. He receives orders to dispatch his Indian allies against
American settlers in Ohio.

March 27, 1814: East of modern Alexander City, Alabama, Andrew Jackson,
and 2000 whites, Cherokees, Choctaws and "White Stick" Creeks, discover
a fort built at the village of Tohopeka on a Horseshoe Bend in the
Tallapoosa River, by " Red Stick" Creeks. The Red Stick Creeks are
anti-white, the White Stick Creeks are pro-white. Jackson attacks the
800 to 1,000 Red Stick Creeks, led by Chief Menewa. The Creek village
and defenses covered approximately 100 acres on the peninsula made by
the bend in the river. To cross the river, Jackson's Cherokee allies,
led by Chief Junaluska, swim the river to steal Creek canoes. Jackson's
forces eventually set fire to the Red Stick Creeks' wooden barricade. In
the end, only about fifty of the Red Stick Creeks survive the battle.
Jackson's forces lose forty-nine soldiers and twenty-three warriors
killed, and 157 soldiers and forty-seven warriors wounded. Jackson's
forces capture approximately 300 women and children. The Red Stick Creek
leader William Weatherford is not at the battle. Weatherford will turn
himself in later. This defeat leads to the Treaty of Horseshoe Bend
signed on August 9, 1814, whereby the Creeks gave up twenty-three
million acres of land to the United States.

March 28, 1676: After attacking a military group near the town two days
before, King Philip's forces attack the village of Rehoboth,
Massachusetts. While most of the townspeople survive in barricaded
homes, most of the town is razed.

March 29, 1542: Hernando de Soto's expedition reaches the territory of
the Anilco Indians. As with many of his previous encounters, a battle is

March 30, 1870: Based on the Congressional Act of April 8th, 1864, and
today's Executive Order by President Grant, Round Valley Reservation is
established in Mendicino County, California. It one day houses Clear
Lake, Concow, Little Lake, Nomelaki, Pit River, Potter Valley, Redwood,
Wailaki, and Yuki Tribes, in fifty and a half square miles.

March 31, 1882: The Havasupai Reservation boundaries, in Arizona, are


That's it for now.

Stay safe,

Phil Konstantin

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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.

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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.
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Treaties With American Indians I wrote an article and several appendix items for this book.
Clips from a review on *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.

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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.

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