June 2013 Newsletter from
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by Phil Konstantin
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Phil Konstantin's June 2013 Newsletter


I have spent a lot of time going through a variety of Cherokee groups and sites on Facebook the last few weeks. It is surprising the number of groups there our for my tribe.

Other than that, I don't have a lot to say as an introduction this time. The News article section below has print, audio/video and PDF newsletters.

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There are two Links of the Month for June 2013

The first is an article about efforts to reverse a disenfranchisement of many African-American members of the Cherokee Nation. he article looks at mostly one side of the issue, but it delves into quite a bit of the details of the matter.

From One Fire


The second Link of the Month is the Wisdom of the Elders audio programs from the Archaeology Channel

Some of the stories are:
    The Sacred Earth
    The Circle
    Cry of the Earth
    Honoring Native Women
    The Horse in Native Culture
    The Harvest
    Tribute to Native Artists
    Native Relationships
    Shawnee, Osage, Omaha, Otoe/Missouri
    Yankton Sioux
    Lakota - Teton Sioux
    Mandan / Hidatsa
    Crow / Cheyenne
    Assiniboine / Gros Ventre
    Lemhi Shoshone
    Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
    Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) Tribe
    Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation
    Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians
    Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indians
    Chinook Tribe


June 7, 1803. | 7 Stat., 74.

"ARTICLES of a treaty made at Fort Wayne on the Miami of the Lake, between William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana territory, superintendent of Indian affairs and commissioner plenipotentiary of the United States for concluding any treaty or treaties which may be found necessary with any of the Indian tribes north west of the Ohio, of the one part, and the tribes of Indians called the Delawares, Shawanoes, Putawatimies, Miamies and Kickapoos, by their chiefs and head warriors, and those of the Eel river, Weeas, Piankashaws and Kaskaskias by their agents and representatives Tuthinipee, Winnemac, Richerville and Little Turtle (who are properly authorized by the said tribes) of the other part."



"Articles of agreement and convention, made and concluded at Washington City, on the twenty-fourth day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, by and between William P. Dole, commissioner, on the part of the United States, and the following-named chief and councilmen of the Ottawa Indians of the united bands of Blanchard's Fork and of Roche de Bœuf, now in Franklin County, Kansas, viz: Pem-ach-wung, chief; John T. Jones, William Hurr, and James Wind, councilmen, they being thereto duly authorized by said tribe. "


From One Fire


Interesting news articles:

5000 Cave Paintings Fund in Mexico

Tracing Your Cherokee Ancestry Made Easy:

Racism tarnishes Canada's squeaky clean image

Eminent Domain and a Horse Slaughterhouse at Wounded Knee?

Gari Lafferty takes over as leader of Paiute Tribe in Utah

Ojibwe George Martin Carries in Eagle Staff before Sold Out Stanley Cup Playoff Crowd

An Escambia Academy High School student said she was denied a diploma and fined $1,000 for wearing an eagle feather at her graduation.

Two Possible Paths Forward for Native Disenrollees and the Federal Government?

DWP archaeologists uncover grim chapter in Owens Valley history

Second payout from Cobell settlement expected in the fall

"Honoring, Healing & Remembering" Day Thursday at Grounds of Closed Boarding School

Federation of International Lacrosse: Restore the Iroquois Nationals' standing in international competition

Not All American Indians Are Red

Bill clears path for Native veterans memorial at NMAI in DC

Bill Means Pleads Case for Leonard Peltier at United Nations

New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago:

Bodies and Bones: What Is Science For?

Wendell George: Sharing Colville Tribes culture and history

Lakota to file UN Genocide Charges Against US, South Dakota

Pechanga, Stung By Corruption in The Tribe, Looks For New Revenue With Bingo

The Reign of the BIA 'Montana Mafia' Needs to Be Over

Lumbee Tribe fills administrator post after 2 years

Avoid Asking Strange & Embarrassing Questions about Indians by Reading Anton Treuer

Ancient Ball Player Statue Found in Mexico

NIH Recruits Natives for Long-Term Diabetes Drug Efficacy Study

Arizona tribe claims bank mismanaged investments

You Can’t Defend the Indefensible, By Brandon Ecoffey

Twenty-three American Indian tribes have received funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for Tribal Wildlife Grants

Sky Train excavation at Sky Harbor Airport uncovers ancient canal

Etsy Feather Controversy Goes International

Protesters roadblock Whiteclay and Big Sioux store in hot water

More US Prosecution of Crimes in Indian Country Is Seen As Heartening

Washburn Proposes Changes to Land-into-Trust

Lummi: 'No!' to coal shipments on sacred lands:

Inaugural Native American Flute Gathering in the Great Smoky Mountains

Federal meddling and intra-tribal fights impede western Oklahoma economy

DOJ report shows spike in reservation crime cases

Tseh-Wai-Tseh-Wah-Ii Yo’n-Ka Pin and Osage Cooks

Tribes Seek Nation to Nation Consultation with President Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline

Archaeologists Unearth More Clues from Ancient Cahokia Civilization

Feds Reject Michigan Attempt to Ban Use of Indian Mascots by Schools

Navajo Confront an Increase in New H.I.V. Infections

“I’m Not Your Indian Anymore”?AIM Exhibit to open in May

State of South Dakota Child Services: NO-SHOWS at Indian Child Welfare Summit

Tenochtitlán: History of Aztec Capital

Ira Hamilton Hayes was a Pima Indian from the Gila River Reservation who volunteered to fight as a U.S. Marine in World War II.

Top Navajo police position still vacant after four years

The Native American Community Clinic (NACC) has recently changed its policy regarding the prescription of narcotics for chronic pain. 

Hoopa and Willow Creek Work Together to Protect Trinity River

TransCanada Told "You're Not Welcome Here' on Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

The Ancient Maya Meet the Modern Internet

Walk The Path of the Ancestors

Petition seeks inclusion of Native people in Canadian holiday

Journeys with First Nations puts Native businesses on tourism path

Indian Affairs, which is housed within the US Department of the Interior, is seeking a new director of the Bureau of Indian Education

Ancient Mexican Burial Site Contains at Least 28 Individuals

UN Working Group, Navajo Nation Collaborate on Human Rights Issues

Study claims Native languages linked to Eurasian languages

Pala documentary about tribe's history of military service in U.S. nominated for Emmy Award

The Canon and the Mule

American Indians have their own opinions when it comes to immigration

Water War Between Klamath River Farmers, Tribes Poised to Erupt

Chickasaw Hall of Fame Inducts Grandfather and Grandson

George P. Horse Capture dies at 75; Native American curator

Hall Mountain ownership returns to EBCI

Robynn Rulo wins Miss Indian Oklahoma

First Lady and American Indian Kids Plant White House Kitchen Garden

W. Richard West, Jr, the founding director of the National Museum of the American became the president and chief executive officer of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California

New secretary lays out agenda for Native Americans

The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 1

The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 2

The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 3

Editorial: No end in sight for Skywalk troubles

Miss Cherokee Report for May

In Kansas, the first Wednesday of February each year thereafter is "Native American Legislative Day at the Capitol."

Feds to uphold Calif. tribal recognition decision

Every Child Left Behind: Sequester Guts Indian Education, Part 1

Every Child Left Behind: Sequester Guts Indian Education, Part 2

Every Child Left Behind: Sequester Guts Indian Education, Part 3

Gyasi Ross: Lessons learned on Blackfeet Nation in Montana

There Are No Indian Reservations in Heaven

This Week InTribal History:

Osages visit St. Louis for historical sites visit

US Energy Department is making up to $7 million available in tribal communities

Judge dismisses Eastern Pequots’ recognition bid

Chad 'Corntassel' Smith Talks About Embracing One's Legacy

Spirit Lake Nation loses decision in 'Fighting Sioux' lawsuit

Closing a chapter on the 'indian problem'

The Termination Era

The Texas State Legislature passed a bill to create an American Indian Heritage Day on the last Friday in September each year.

VAWA gives tribes new authority over non-Indians

Recognition for Service by Native Americans May Finally Be Coming

Yakama Nation settles case over federal raid on reservation

Cherokee-run welfare office provides easier access to aid

Anti-Indian Groups Stage National Tour to Spark Renewed Organizing

Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior

Indian students lose fight for honor song

Celebrating 400 Years of the Two Row Wampum

White House spokesman punts on Redskins team name question

Te-Moak Tribe implements program to protect sage grouse

Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting faced tough questions

Muscogee (Creek) craftsman shares knowledge

Northern California Osages gather for culture-focused meeting

The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners formally approved a resolution supporting the Fort Sill Apache's return to its New Mexico Homelands

First Nations Chief’s charting economic success in Northern Manitoba

Beckoning the Bakken: Will the Oil Boom Reach Montana's Impoverished Fort Peck Tribes?

Senate Passes Bill that Would Allow Tribes to Collect Sales and Use Taxes on Internet Sales

Tyme Maidu Tribe aiming to disenroll more than 70 people

Yaha's transplanted on rez

Navajo Nation’s ‘Mother Justice’ Walked On May 21

South Dakota commits shocking genocide against Native Americans

Ruidoso News: Mescalero tribal president, vice president placed on administrative leave

How Colonial Language Enforces Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples, By Ruth Hopkins

Tribal Newsletters:

Cheyenne-Arapaho June 2013 Newsletter

Keweenaw Bay Newsletter (Wiikwedong Dazhi-Ojibwe)

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians May Newsletter

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan June Newsletter

Seminole Tribune April Newsletter

Video & Audio:

A Treasure of Gold; de Soto’s 1539 army encampment in Florida

Cave paintings in Mexico: Carvings uncovered in Burgos

Unearthing History: How Technology Is Transforming Archaeology

2300-year-old Maya pyramid now road rubble

Hundreds of little yellow balls are newest puzzle at Teotihuacan

Veracruz petroglyphs include priest figure

Retaining wall points to pre-Columbian Gulf Coast port

Dating methods combine to tie Maya dates to European calendar

Network analysis shows prehistoric Southwest had its own kind of social networking

Hopes high that Native American burial mounds will go on National Register

Bridge Street: Native American Mascots - Battleing Stereotypes

Oregon site suggests ancient human occupation

Prehistoric pipe residues show tobacco’s early use in Pacific Northwest

Oroville standoff ends with numerous arrests at Maidu headquarters

Tanka Bars on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation creates success, jobs

School denies diploma to student

The Last Word

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Here are some random historical events....

June 1, 1868: After the "long walk" to the Bosque Redondo Reservation in New Mexico, the Navajos suffered from the poor conditions on the reservation, and from homesickness for their old lands. After numerous visits from Washington representatives, General Sherman visited the Navajo. They again asked to go back to their old lands. They promised the keep the peace and the old treaties. Sherman talked with them, and he listened to them. With a new treaty in hand, Sherman says he will let them go, if they sign, and obey, the new treaty. The Navajos agree, even though they lose some of their land as a part of the new agreement. On this date, Barboncito, Armijo, Delgadito, Herrero Grande, Manuelito, and others sign the new treaty (15 Stat. 667).

June 2, 1875: Quanah Parker, and his remaining Kwahadis Comanches surrender to Ranald S. Mackenzie at Fort Sill, Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma).

June 3, 1781: The “Engagement of Frankstown” takes place. British Lieutenant Robert is leading a group of Seneca warriors. They come across a group of Pennsylvania militiamen who are seeking the participants of a massacre of local settlers. The Seneca set up an ambush and the rout the militia. Eleven militiamen are killed, five wounded, and ten are captured.

June 4, 1763: Chippewa Indians come to Fort Michilimackinac on the straights between upper and lower Michigan. They invite the British soldiers out to watch them play a game of ball with the Sacs. The soldiers leave the fort to watch the festivities. They leave the gates to the fort open, and several Indian women enter the fort. When most of the soldiers are watching the ball game, the Chippewas attack. The Chippewas kill over half of the thirty-five soldiers, but not bother any of the French traders at the fort.

June 5, 1637: "The Battle of Mystic": As a part of the Pequot war Mohegan Chief Uncas is leading approximately 100 Indian allies, but he is doubtful of the ability of Captains John Underhill and  John Mason's seventy-seven Europeans to defeat the Pequots. Regardless, they attack a fortified Pequot village near modern Mystic, Connecticut before dawn. Few of the Pequot warriors are in the village, and the allies set fire to the dwellings. According to some accounts, as many as 700 old men, women and children are burned or shot to death. Only about a dozen Pequots in the village survive. Some sources say this happens on May 25th and 26th.

June 6, 1971: A group of Indians set up a camp on Mt. Rushmore to protest treaty violations. Several are arrested for misdemeanor charges of climbing the monument.

June 7, 1539: Juan Ortiz, a Spaniard, is a member of the Narvaez expedition to France in 1528. He is captured by Indians. He escapes from his captors, and lives with the Mococo Indians. Upon Hernando de Soto's arrival, the Mococo send Ortiz to mediate with de Soto. De Soto is relieved to have someone who can speak the native language. Today, the Mococo meets with de Soto and agree to a peace between them.

June 8, 1871: When confronted at Fort Sill, in south-central Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma), about knowing anything about the attack on the wagons loaded with corn on May 15th on the Butterfield trail, Satanta said he was the leader of the raid. Satanta tells the agent that Santak, Big Tree, and others were with him. General Sherman places the three Indians under arrest and handcuffed. While being transported back to Fort Richardson in north-central Texas, Satank manages to work free from his handcuffs. He then attacks a guard with a hidden knife. Satank grabs a rifle from another guard, but he is shot and killed by the remaining soldiers. His body is thrown in a ditch, and the group continues to Texas.

June 9, 1844: Captain John Coffee Hays and fourteen Texas Rangers are bivouacking on the Guadalupe River in the area of modern Kendall County. A Ranger in a tree sees a large group of Comanches approaching them. A series of thrusts and counter thrusts takes place. After the fighting stops, the Rangers estimate the number of Indians killed at twenty to 50, including Chief Yellow Wolf. The Rangers lose one man. This fight goes by many names, including: the Battle of Asta's Creek, the Battle of Pinta Trail Crossing, the Battle of Sisters Creek, and Walker's Creek fight.

June 10, 1870: When President Grant realizes that Red Cloud has never heard the real terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty (15 stat. 635) of 1868, he orders that Red Cloud hear the details. When Secretary of the Interior Jacob Cox reads Red Cloud the treaty, Red Cloud says this is not the treaty he signed. Red Cloud blames the differences on the interpreters, but he says he will not abide by this paper full of lies.

June 11, 1866: After the Santee Sioux’s uprising in Minnesota of 1862, 1,300 Santee Sioux are moved to new lands away from Minnesota. These new lands are on the Missouri River near Crow Creek. The results are disastrous. Within a few months, 300 people starve. After three years they are moved again. The Santee Sioux arrive at their new lands at the mouth of the Niobrara River in Northeastern Nebraska Territory near modern Niobrara. 

June 12, 1690: Henry Kelsey begins one of the first trade expeditions through the Canadian Plains for the Hudson Bay Company. He contacts many different tribal groups.

June 13, 1866: After postponing the Fort Laramie Treaty conference, in southwestern Wyoming, to allow for more Indians to arrive, the conference reconvenes. Later in the day, Colonel Henry Carrington arrive near Fort Laramie with almost 700 men. Standing Elk asks him why he is there. Carrington says he is there to guard the new Bozeman Trail. Standing Elk tells Carrington that this trail has not been agreed upon yet, and Carrington says he will guard the trail anyway.

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June 14, 1671: The Sieur de St. Lusson claims most of America for the French.

June 15, 1809: Congress passes “An Act Supplementary to an Act, Entituled ‘An Act Making Appropriations for Carrying into Effect a Treaty Between the United States and the Chickasaw Tribe of Indians; and to Establish a Land-office in the Mississippi Territory.’”

June 16, 1873: After non-Wallowa Nez Perce sign a treaty giving up the Wallowa valley, government agents arrive to move the Wallowa Nez Perce from the land. Young Joseph (Heinmot Tooyalaket) tells the agents: "it has always belonged to our people. It comes unclouded to them from our fathers, and we will defend this land as long as a drop of Indian blood warms the hearts of our men." Young Joseph asks President Grant to allow them to stay in their ancestral lands. On this date, President Grant issues an Executive Order prohibiting white settlers from claiming title to Wallowa Valley land.

June 17, 1876: General George Crook is in the field, with less than 1,000 men, to force the Cheyenne and the Sioux back to the reservation. On this day, Crook's men encounter Crazy Horse near the “Rose Bud River” in Montana. Rather than a frontal attack, or the traditional riding in a ring around the enemy, Crazy Horse, and his mounted warriors keep attacking Crook's flanks. This change in strategy confuses the soldiers. During the battle, "Chief Comes In Sight’s horse is shot out from under him in front of the soldiers. He is rescued by his sister, "Buffalo Calf Road Woman.” While the soldiers call this the “Battle of the Rosebud,” the Indians name it the "Battle where the girl saves her brother." The Indians win the day. According to army reports, eleven Indians, and nine soldiers are killed. The army counts twenty-one injuries among their own personnel. Crook decides to return to his supply camp on Goose Creek until he can be reinforced. First Sergeants Michael A. McGann, Company F, Joseph Robinson, Company D, and John Shingle, Troop I, and trumpeter Elmer Snow, Company M, Third Cavalry will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions during the fighting. According to army documents, nine soldiers and eleven Indians are killed. Captain G.V. Henry and twenty soldiers are wounded.

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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, 1816: Robert Semple is Governor of the Red River Settlement in Canada. He is trying to reestablish the settlement after many of the settlers have abandoned the area. Semple and a group of settlers, encounter a group of Metis in an area known as Seven Oaks. The Metis tell the settlers to give up. Shooting begins and twenty-one settlers, including Semple are killed. Only one Metis dies. This event becomes known as the “Massacre at Seven Oaks” and the “Skirmish at Seven Oaks.”

June 20, 1780: British Captain Henry Bird commands a force of 1000 men, of which 850 are Indians. They attack Ruddle's Station, Kentucky. Three hundred settlers have taken refuge in the station. Bird's forces have a cannon, and the settlers soon realize they are outmatched. They agree to surrender. When they settlers open the gate, the warriors rush in and start killing them. Before Bird can intercede, more than 200 people are killed. This is called the "Ruddle's Station Massacre." Nearby Martin's Station also surrenders. The occupants fare better. All of the survivors are taken to Detroit as prisoners. Some sources say this happened on June 24, 1780.

June 21, 1876: After preliminary scouting in the area of the Little Big Horn, by Major Marcus Reno, General Alfred Terry holds a planning session with his commanders, Colonel John Gibbon and Colonel George Custer. The plan is for Gibbon's troops to reach the mouth of the Little Big Horn on June 26th. Custer is to follow Reno's earlier path up the Rosebud to near the Little Big Horn. Custer is known by many names among the Indians: "Long Hair, Yellow Hair, Hard Bottom, and Son of the Morning Star". Colonel Gibbon is called "The One Who Limps.”

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, 1683: William Penn and Delaware Chief Tamenend signs a peace treaty in Shackamoxon, Pennsylvania. Tamenend is also called Tammany. He is renown for his honor. The Tammany societies are named so in his honor. William Penn purchases two plots of land from Chief Tamenend. The land is on the Pennypack and Neshaminy Rivers, and between them. The land is purchased for a long list of supplies.

June 24, 1610: Membertou (Micmac) becomes the first North American Indian Catholic.

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.   

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June 26, 1827: After hearing of the false rumor of the release of two Winnebago murder suspects to the Chippewas by whites, Winnebago Chief Red Bird is ordered to fight by the tribal elders. He attacks several families in Wisconsin near Prairie du Chien. After a few other attacks in the following days on settlers, and river boats on the Mississippi, the Americans order his surrender, else they destroy the entire tribe. Red Bird surrenders on September 27, 1827.

June 27, 1864: Colorado Territory Governor John Evans issues a proclamation advising all friendly Indians to stay away from the bad Indians who have been attacking white settlers. He then orders the good Indians to report to Fort Lyon, in southeastern Colorado, where their agent will provide them provisions and give them a safe place to stay. The order neglects to mention that most of the fights with settlers are started by the settlers.

June 28, 1866: The Bozeman trail is a route from Fort Laramie, in southeastern Wyoming, to Montana. Red Cloud vows to never let the road go through unmolested, for this is his land. A small fort is established on the route to protect the travelers, originally named Fort Connor, it is staffed by former Confederates. On this date, the garrison is increased by men from Colonel Henry Carrington's troops. The fort is eventually renamed Fort Reno. The Sioux maintain a siege on the fort throughout the winter. The fort is located near present day Sussex, Wyoming.

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June 29, 1542: Coronado reaches the Arkansas River, in Kansas. He is only 300 miles from Hernando de Soto's expedition, which is in Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border.

June 30, 1521: Spanish Captains Francisco Gordillo, and Pedro de Quexos, land in, and claim, Florida for the King of Spain. 

June 30, 1539: Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain, (according to some sources).


That's it for now. There might be more before the
end of the month.

Have a great month.

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 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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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.

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