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


I understand some of you did not receive my April or May newsletters. I
have tried to make sure whatever stopped them from being delivered has
been corrected.

Here are a couple of links to some of the non-Indian things I have been
doing lately.

I have two YouTube Channels. They have a variety of things on them. Most
of them are old home videos, or news reports where I provided the aerial
views. If you saw a news report on football player Junior Seau's suicide
just about anywhere in the world, you probably saw some of my video.


Here is my "Virtual Reality" photo website. If you have a large monitor,
some of these photos are amazing.

I have done the same thing for maps, too:

Have a great month!



"Link Of The Month" for June:

A history of the United States cannot be complete without discussion of
the American Indians, also known as First Nations. To this end The World
& I Online offers a unique educational resource: a special collection
presenting nearly eighty feature-length essays concerned with Indian
culture, history, and contemporary issues.

The collection offers scholarly insight into the lifestyles and more



"Treaty Of The Month" for June:

June 25, 1855. | 12 Stats., 963.

It covers such topics as:
Cession of lands to the United States. Boundaries.
Reservation. Boundaries. Whites not to reside thereon unless, etc.
Bands to settle thereon within a year.
Another reservation to be selected in lieu of this, if, etc.
Rights and privileges secured to Indians.
See Art. 1, treaty of Nov. 1, 1865.
Proviso in case any band does not accede to this treaty.
Allowance for improvements if, etc.
Payments by the United States. How to be expended.
$50,000 additional to be expended for buildings, etc.
United States to erect sawmills, schoolhouse, etc.
To furnish farmer, mechanics, physician, etc.
To erect dwelling houses, etc., for head chiefs.
Successor of head chief to take them.
Lands may be allotted to individual indians for permanent homes.
Patents to issue therefor: conditions thereof.
Restrictions not to be removed without, etc.
Patent may be cancelled.
Annuities of Indians not to pay debt of individuals.
Bands to preserve friendly relations.
To pay for depredations.
Not to make war, except. etc.
Annuities to be withhold from those drinking liquor to excess.
Roads, etc., may be made through reservation.
When treaty to take effect.

You can see a transcript here:



From Cherokee Nation At-Large Council member Julia Coates

Hello, everyone --

I have received many inquiries asking what is happening with the
Cherokee Nation History Course. In April, the item to discuss the
materials was withdrawn from the Tribal Council's committee meeting
agendas and so everything has now moved behond closed doors. The
AG's office is allegedly reviewing the alleged copyright issues
(and I'm throwing in lots of "alleges" here because I don't know
if the review is actually occurring and I don't believe for a
moment that there are substantial copyright issues). Assistant
AG Nason Morton reported that an expert (whose name he didn't
know) would be looking at the text and that we could not be
present at the meeting they were having with him the following
week (Councilor Keener and I, both of whom teach the course,
had asked to be present). And that's the last anyone has heard.

I will not be pursuing this matter further with this administration
of the Cherokee Nation and its majority bloc on the Council.
The Cherokee Nation History Course, which has been attended by
almost 10,000 people, and which has received numerous accolades
and awards, has become a political football. Cherokee Nation
support for it is now discontinued, including the employee
classes, not because of the content of the class (except in
the part where we teach the legal reality of the UKB according
to the federal courts -- a reality the present administration
doesn't like, but a reality nevertheless), but rather because
the name of the former Principal Chief, Chad Smith, is
associated with it. Therefore, it must be eliminated.

Again, I appreciate the many emails that were sent to CHief
Baker, Secretary of State Head, and the Baker bloc on the
Council. Over 100 emails were recieved, and I don't know if
they've ever received so many emails on a single issue. I
know I never have. But it won't matter. Again, I think the
elimination of the Course in the face of this kind of protest
demonstrates a reprehensible disregard of the desires of the
At Large Cherokees population in particular on the part of
this administration and its council bloc.

The Cherokee Nation History Course will continue. A new registered
foundation, The Cherokee PINS Project: Education for Sovereignty,
has been established to continue the support for the Cherokee
Nation History Course, as well as other presentations and
workshops that various people and organziations have developed
to educate and spur dialogue among the Cherokee citizenry on
matters important to sovereignty. More about that in the future.

The other immediate matter is the threat to the voting rights
of At Large Cherokees. The best thing At Large Cherokees can
do right now is to make sure that all friends and family
members are registered to vote. A voter registration form
is attached. If you have family members who are  not registered,
please have them fill out the form and mail it or fax it to
the Election Services office. Be sure to check the very tiny,
almost invisible box below the precinct sleection area for
At Large registration.

If you are receiving this email, it is because you have signed
up or agreed to receive updates and information from me. I
also write opinion pieces which are now on my website at
www.juliacoates.com . These are more works of analysis --
not what you necessarily signed up for here -- but if you are
interested in getting a more interpretive view of the political
and social situation in the Cherokee Nation, please visit my
site. The first blog is entitled "Petition to Eliminate At
Large Voting Is a Win-Win for Chief Baker" for example.There
is also an updated list of the events I will be attending
through the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2012), and if
you are in the areas mentioned, please come out. I would
love to see you!

If you know of others who would like to be on my distribution
list to directly receive communicatiosn from me, please contact
me at JulCoates@aol.com to be added. One of the greatest
challenges for At Large councilors is not having good information
contact information for the 170,000 people we represent
(about ten or twelve times more than the in-district councilors).
So, yes, please let me know who you are and where you are.
I have few other ways of finding out until I am contacted.

Thanks so much for hanging in there and for your love and
concern for our shared Nation!



Interesting websites:

Sitting Bull Family Foundation, Inc.

Behind the Scenes: Still Wounded

Yosemite Online Library

NMAI Collections Search

Desert Harvesters

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Resource Library

Collection of Memories - Dakota: 1795 – 2007


Notices & Events:

BAVC Summer Camp for Teachers
When: July 30, 2012

Enroll today for free in the June 30-August 3 award-winning workshop
designed by Adobe to help educators "Create with Purpose." With generous
support from Adobe Youth Services, you can attend this rewarding,
interactive session and receive a ton of real-classroom methods for
engaging your students in youth media making.

For More Information: www.bavc.org


UNITY Conference
Pre-Registration Deadline: June 29, 2012

It's not too early to register for the upcoming UNITY conference.
UNITY is looking forward to seeing you August 1-4, 2012, at Mandalay
Bay in Las Vegas for the historic gathering of journalists of color,
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender journalists, media professionals,
newsroom recruiters, journalism students and individuals who care about
diversity and inclusion in news media.

For More Information: www.s3.goeshow.com


Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival

Deadline: June 30, 2012

Founded in 2011 by Marie Prince and Bracken Hanuse Corlett, in
collaboration with the W2 Community Media Café, the Vancouver
Indigenous Media Arts Festival has been created to once again
provide a platform for Indigenous Media Artists to showcase their
works. VIMAF wants to see your work--be it film, video, new or
multimedia, feature, short, documentary, music video, video art
or animation!

For More Information: http://vimaf.com

Global Film Initiative's Call for Applications for Summer 2012 Cycle

Deadline: July 16, 2012

In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by
individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative
is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer
2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants
program. Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative
film projects in all stages of production by directors from
eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central &
Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania.

For More Information: www.globalfilm.org

Native Voices at the Autry Call for Scripts

Deadline: July 31, 2012

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Jim Thorpe's Olympic
achievements, as well as the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games,
Native Voices is announcing a call for scripts for our 2nd
Annual Short Play Festival presenting the theme Indians in
America: Native American Athletes Take the Field. Selected
short plays and one-acts will be presented during the Autry's
American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles, as well
as be elgible to compete for the 2012 Excellence in
Playwriting Award--a $1,000 cash prize!

* Short plays and one-acts must be 5-page minimum, 16-page
* Plays will be selected on the creative use of the theme,
originality, theatricality and execution

For More Information: theautry.org


Native American Spiritual Leader Wanted
California department of Corrections



NAPT: Jobs Available:
Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Senior Web Production Manager - PBS - Arlington, VA
Director of Programming - NPR - Washington, D.C.
Innovation Trail Editor - WXXI - Rochester, NY
2013 NACF Artist Fellowships - United States
Event Production Coordinator - Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates - New
York, NY
Social Media Editor - MacNeil Lehrer Productions - Arlington, VA
Senior Investigations Editor - NPR - Washington, D.C.
Senior Software Engineer - American Public Media - Saint Paul, MN
Senior Business Editor - NPR - Washington, D.C.
Managing Editor - American Public Media - Pasadena, CA
Data Journalist - American Public Media - Pasadena, CA
MetLife Foundation Journalism Fellowship on Aging - United States


Crow Canyon and Time Team America

Crow Canyon will play a starring role in an upcoming episode of Time
Team America, a popular science-archaeology series from PBS.

Using the latest technology and their own expertise, Time Team
travels across the nation to excavate ancient and historic sites.
Time Team's accomplished archaeologists are given 72 hours to
uncover secrets of their assigned digs.

Time Team will join Crow Canyon staff at the Dillard site, to help
answer questions about the Basketmaker III (A.D. 500–750) community
that formed there approximately 1,500 years ago. They will be
bringing remote sensing equipment to the site, including an advanced
technique, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).

Filming will take place in June 2012, and the show is scheduled
to air in 2013.

This year Justine Shapiro will host the second season of the
series. She is an award-winning documentary film producer and
a presenter on the public television show Globe Trekker. She
has also appeared in several films and television movies.

Be sure to visit the Time Team America Web site for news
about the entire season lineup.


Online News Articles:

American Indian Warriors Association at Balboa Park Culture Days 2012

Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America

Why Should We Keep Tribal Languages Alive?

Language preservation helps American Indian students stick with college

Indians Be dammed

Digital Technologies Give Dying Languages New Life

Native American Groups Applaud California Court Decision Supporting
Tribal Sovereign Immunity

Sequoyah Students Shine at National Science Fair

Elizabeth Warren Avoids American Indian Media

Ancient tree-ring records from southwest U.S. suggest today’s megafires
are truly unusual

Native American skulls repatriated to California from England

Road work in Nine Mile Canyon yields new archaeological finds

Smithsonian to open Native American Olympians exhibition

Ho-Chunk Inc. has grown into global enterprise

Memorializing the Indian Removal Act of 1830

Preserving the Ruins in Plain Sight

Mysterious Black Mats On Earth Not From Outer Space

Land Lines: Betatakin

The Southwest Is Said to Be Home to Some of the World’s Most Significant
Examples of Ancient Art

A Fortunate Disaster – Sunset Crater and the Sinagua

Lakotas Launch Hunger Strike Against Tar Sands Pipelines

Fulfilling the Legacy of Abenaki Chiefs, a Q&A with Brian Chenevert

Wind War: Tribe Fights 315-MW California Project

Navajo Nation eyes Grand Canyon for development

Volunteer DJ shares the power of Native American music

Oklahoma's Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes claim $6.4 million was frozen
illegally by bank

Inuvik: No Truth, Damn Little Reconciliation

First Nations Continue to Be Savaged and Ravaged by Mascots

Indian residential school deaths found by Ontario coroner

Police say Native Mob busts lead to lull in gang-related crime

Exhibition shares the Hopi perspective on the cultural role of Katsina
Drawn from the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection

House Passes VAWA with Weakened Tribal Provisions

"Navajo Cops" director shares his experience filming the six-episode

One Row To Hoe

Navajo Water Commissioner Manheimer Stresses Need for Good Agreement in
Water Rights Case

Sacred spine

The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 was Signed Today by President

Johnny Depp Adopted into Comanche Nation

Tribes, government agree to $1 billion settlement

New Navajo sci-fi film "6th World" gives a glimpse into Navajo creation

White -- Out

Vern Traversie and the Worst Place to Be an Indian

Tribe Fights for Private Rite

Minnesota's Northwest Angle seeks access through tribal lands

Combating Elder Abuse in Indian Country

Arizona tribes talk significance of solar eclipse

Surgical scars some see as racist provoke SD march

Do You Still Do the Rain Dance, and Does It Work?

Texas Trails: The Weeping Warriors of Texas

Editorial: Hopeful signs for the Chinook

Journeys with First Nations puts Native businesses on tourism path

Inuit Artcirq Performs at Diamond Jubilee Pageant Before Queen Elizabeth

White Earth tribe uses tax credits to build needed housing

The Myth of Native American Blood


Video Reports:

El Fin del Mundo, Sonora, Mexico: Clovis Archaeology at the End of the

Canoe Tour Gives Taste of Warm Springs Culture

Leaving Mesa Verde – The Great Pueblo Migrations of the 13th Century.

Brandon Routh Talks Crooked Arrows

Prehistory, Personality, and Place: Emil W. Haury and the Mogollon

Students get a glimpse into Native American culture

Gila Bend region of southern Arizona

Native Americans' Olympic Medals Displayed in DC

Clay as Canvas: Zuni Pottery and Changing Social Identity, A.D.

Treaty Days Parade 2011

Feathered Serpents and Pole-Climbing Clowns.

School credited in saving ancient pot

Telling the O’Odham Side of History in the Pimería Alta

Native American themed mascots on their way out

The Diversity and Complexity of Chaco Canyon

Humor put into Native American movie

Early Navajos, Tree-rings, and Warfare in the Dinétah Heartland

Raw Video: Massive N.M. Powwow

Where Did Mimbres Go? Where Did Paquimé Come From?

Hundreds Flock To Fort Hall Replica Opening


Humor and other thoughts

Mathilda's Solo - 94 year old dancer


From Phil Powers:


The first man married a woman from Crow country. He told her that she
was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but
on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed
and put away.

The second man married a woman from Browning Montana. He gave his wife
orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The
first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was
better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were
done and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from the Cheyenne reservation. He
ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, laundry
washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the
first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see
anything but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone
down and he could see a little out of his left eye, and his
arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich
and load the dishwasher.


From Sally Gill:

A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.
So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an
unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a talking
centipede, (100-legged bug), which came in a little white box to use for
his house.

He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and
decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him.

So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go to
church with me today? We will have a good time."

But there was no answer from his new pet.

This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked
again, "How about going to church with me and receive blessings?"

But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited
a few minutes more, thinking about the situation.

The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time.

This time he put his face up against the centipede's house and shouted,

"Hey, in there! Would you like to go to church with me and learn about

This time, a little voice came out of the box, "I heard you
the first time! I'm putting my shoes on!"


Here are some random historical events....

June 1, 1934: A legal definition of "Indian" is made by the United
States government.

June 2, 1752: Diego Ortiz Parrilla, Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal
Armies, Proprietary Captain of the Dragoons of Veracruz, Governor and
Captain-General of the Provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora in the Kingdom of
New Andalucia declares the estalishment of a permanent Spanish community
at what would become modern Tubac, Arizona. This would be the first
significant Spanish settlement in Arizona.

June 3, 1823: Yesterday a trapper is killed in a Arikara village. The
Arikara warriors attack Jedediah Smith and his forty men who are camped
on the nearby river. There are also ninety men stationed on boats in the
river. Fearing for their lives, the men in the boats refuse to come help
Smith's men. Fifteen men are killed and almost as many are wounded in
the fighting before they can swim out to the boats and flee.

June 4, 1696: A second Pueblo revolt takes place in modern New Mexico.
Participating tribes were the Cochiti, Picuris, Santa Fe, Santo Domingo,
Tano, Taos and Tewa. Twenty-one settlers and soldiers, and five
missionaries are killed in the fighting. The revolt would not be long

June 5, 1836: Of the 407 "friendly" Seminoles who left Tampa Bay on
April 11, 1836, only 320 arrive in their new lands in the Indian
Territory (present day Oklahoma). Eighty-seven of the Seminoles die
during the rigorous trip.

June 6, 1962: The Fort Apache Scout is first published.

June 7, 1494: The "new world" is divided between Spain and Portugal by
the Catholic church.

June 8, 1758: General Jeffrey Amherst is leading a force of more than
10,000 soldiers on a fleet of almost fifty British ships. They land and
attack the French fort at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The French forces are
led by Chevier de Drucour. He has 3,100 soldiers, 1,000 Canadians and
500 Indians at his disposal. The French also have a fleet in port. The
fighting continues until July 26th. The British are victorious. Fearing
they will be executed, many of the Indians will flee because the British
offer terms of surrender only to the French troops.

June 9, 1870: Ely Parker (Donehogawa) commissioner of Indian Affairs
invites Red Cloud, and several other Sioux to visit him, and the Great
Father, in Washington. Red Cloud meets President Ulysses Grant. Red
Cloud tells Grant the Sioux do not want a reservation on the Missouri
River. Red Cloud also talks about some of the promises made in the
treaty which were not actually included. They have a cordial meeting,
but Grant knows the difference between the items promised, and the items
actually in the treaty are grounds for contention in the future. He
suggests the Indians be read the treaty in its entirety soon.

June 10, 1909: The U.S. Supreme Court confirms and approves Guion
Miller's new tribal rolls of the Eastern Cherokees who are entitled to
share in the distribution of a $1,000,000 fund the Court established in

June 11, 1848: Alexander Barclay establishes a trading post and fort and
the juncture of the Sapello and Mora Rivers in northern New Mexico. The
Santa Fe Trail runs past the post. It will eventually become a part of
the later constructed Fort Union, one of the largest military outposts
in the American Southwest.

June 12, 1755: Massachusetts posts its "Scalp bounty."

June 13, 1660: Wamsetta, a Wampanoag, and his younger brother, Metacomet
(various spellings), have requested "English" names from the Plymouth
court. Their names are officially changed to Alexander and Philip
Pokanoket. Philip is eventually called "King Philip."

June 14, 1867: According to the Constitution of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe
of Idaho, The Coeur d'Alene Reservation is established by Executive

June 15, 742: According to Maya engravings, King Itzamnaaj B'alam II
(Shield Jaguar) of Yaxchilan, Mexico dies.

See my photos of Yaxchilan at:

June 16, 1802: A treaty (7 stat. 68) with the Creeks is concluded near
Fort Wilkinson, on the Oconee River, near present day, Milledgeville,
Georgia. New tribal boundary lines are established, which cede lands
along the Oconee and Ocmulgee creeks, and the "Altamaha" tract. The
tribe receives $3000 annually, and some Chiefs get $1000 a year for ten
years. The tribe gets $10,000 now, and $10,000 is set aside to pay
tribal debts to local white traders. The Creeks also receive $5000 for
lands that have been seized. They also get two sets of blacksmith tools,
and trained blacksmiths to use them for three years. The United States
gets the right to establish a garrison on Creek lands. The treaty is
signed by thirty-nine Indians. The Americans are represented by General
James Wilkinson, Benjamin Hawkins and Andrew Pickens.

June 17, 1579: Sir Francis Drake lands north of San Francisco, probably
at what is today called Drake's Bay, in California. He reports the
Indians to be "people of a tractable, free and loving nature, without
guile or treachery."

June 18, 1934: The Indian Reorganization Act (48 Stat. 984-985) takes
place. Among other things, it is to "permit any Indian to transfer by
will restricted lands of such Indian to his or her heirs or lineal
descendants, and for other purposes. To authorize the sale of individual
Indian lands acquired under the Act of June 18, 1934 and under the Act
of June 26, 1936."

June 19, 1541: Hernando de Soto's expedition meets the Casqui Indians
near modern Helena, Arkansas. There has been a drought in the area, and
the padres offer to help. A large cross is erected and the Spaniards
join in prayer. Soon it starts to rain. The Casquis become allies of the

June 20, 1763: As part of Pontiac's rebellion, a force of Senecas,
Ottawas, Wyandots, and Chippewas attack Fort Presque Isle, at present
day Erie, in northwestern Pennsylvania. They have had the fort under
siege since June 15th. The soldiers numbering less than three dozen,
surrender when the fort goes up in flames. All but Ensign John Christie
and two others escape. The rest are killed.

June 21, 1856: Non-hostile Indians along the lower Rogue River, and at
Fort Orford, in southwestern Oregon, are put on a boat to be moved to a
new reservation between the Pacific Ocean, and the Wallamet River. It is
called the Grande Ronde Reservation.

June 22, 1839: Elias Boudinot, first editor of the Cherokee Phoenix,
Chief Major Ridge (Kahnungdaclageh) and his son, John Ridge
(Skahtlelohskee) are members of the Cherokee "Treaty Party." They have
generated many enemies by their stand agreeing to the removal of the
Cherokees from their lands east of the Mississippi River. They signed
the peace treaty which gave away Cherokee lands east of the Mississippi
River. They moved to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) with the
rest of the Cherokee Nation. Early this morning, John Ridge is dragged
from his bed, and stabbed to death. Chief Major Ridge is shot and killed
at 10:00 am in another part of the reservation. Later that day, Elias
Boudinot is stabbed and hacked to death. These murders are committed by
Cherokees for what they feel is their treasonous betrayal of the nation.
A Cherokee law, which Chief Ridge helped to make, gives the death
penalty to any Cherokee who sells or gives away Cherokee lands without
the majority of the tribe's permission. These deaths are considered the
execution of that law. Chief Stand Watie, brother to Elias, and nephew
to Major Ridge, manages to avoid the warriors who planned to kill him.

June 23, 1865: General Stand Watie, and his Cherokee Confederate
sympathizers, surrender. Stand Watie is the last Confederate General to
officially surrender.

June 24, 1763: As part of Pontiac's rebellion, a group of Delaware
surround Fort Pitt, in present day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The
commander, Captain Simeon Ecuyer, has 338 soldiers in the fort, and he
will not surrender. Not having enough warriors to attack the fort, the
Delaware leave the fort with a few blankets as a present. Unknown to the
Indians, the blankets came from a infirmary treating smallpox. The
Delaware are the first to be affected by this form of biological warfare
during the rebellion. Some sources says this happens on July 24th.

June 25, 1876: At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Colonel George
Custer is commanding Troops C,E,F,I, and L; Major Marcus Reno has troops
A,G, and M. Captain Frederick Benteen leads Troops H,D, and K. Captain
Thomas McDougall guards the supply wagons with Troop B. It is a
significant defeat for the U. S. Army. Army reports list thirteen
officers, 189 enlisted men, and four civilians are killed in Custer's
command. Reno's troops split from Custer's. According to army documents,
Lt. Donald McIntosh, Lt. B.H. Hodgson, forty-six soldiers, and one
civilian are killed. Captain Benteen, Lt. C.A. Varnum and forty-four
soldiers are wounded in the fighting which lasts through tomorrow. Army
reports do not list how many Indians were killed or wounded in this
defeat for the army. The following soldiers receive Congressional Medals
of Honor for actions during this battle today and tomorrow: Private Neil
Bancroft, Company A; Private Abram B. Brant, Co. D; Private Thomas J.
Callen, Co. B; Sergeant Benjamin C. Criswell, Co. B; Corporal Charles
Cunningham, Co. B; Private Frederick Deetline, Co. D; Sergeant George
Geiger, Co. H; Private Theodore Goldin, Troop G; Private David W.Harris,
Co. A; Private William M. Harris, Co. D; Private Henry Holden, Co. D;
Sergeant Rufus D. Hutchinson, Co. B; Blacksmith Henry Mechlin, Co. H;
Sergeant Thomas Murray, Co. B; Private James Pym, Co. B; Sergeant
Stanislaus Roy, Co. A; Private George Scott, Co. D; Private Thomas
Stivers, Co. D; Private Peter Thompson, Co. C; Private Frank Tolan, Co.
D; Saddler Otto Voit, Co. H; Sergeant Charles Welch, Co. D; Private
Charles Windolph, Co. H.

See my photos of Greasy Grass/Little Big Horn at:

June 26, 1874: The Comanches under Quanah Parker decide to punish the
white hunters for killing their buffalo herds and taking their grazing
lands. Joined by Kiowa, Cheyenne and Arapahos, they set out for the
trading post called Adobe Walls in the panhandle of Texas. Medicine man
Isatai of the Comanche promises the bullets of the white men will not
harm them. A buffalo hunter named William "Billy" Dixon sees the Indians
approaching, and he is able to fire a warning shot before the attack.
The Indians charge the trading post. There are twenty-eight men, and one
woman, in Adobe Walls, and the buffalo hunters there have very accurate,
long-range rifles with telescopic sights. Dixon is reported to have
knocked an Indian off his horse from 1538 yards away with one of these
rifles. The adobe walls provide very good cover for them. Slightly more
than a dozen Indians are killed in the fight, and Isatai is humiliated.
The Indians give up the fight as hopeless, and they leave. Some sources
report this fight happening on June 27, 1874 and lasting until July 1st.

June 27, 1542: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo leaves Mexico to go up the
Pacific coast in exploration. Cabrillo is the first European to land in
San Diego Bay, California. He goes as far north as the Rogue River, in

June 28, 1878: Tambiago, the killer of Alex Rhoden on November 23, 1877,
which led to the Bannock War, is hanged at the Idaho Territorial prison.

June 29, 1906: The Anazasi ruins at Mesa Verde are declared a National

June 30, 1520: According to some sources, Montezuma dies. Some say he is
killed by other Aztecs. Others say he is stabbed to death by Spaniards
under Hernan Cortes.


That's it for this month.

Stay safe,

Phil Konstantin

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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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