August 2008 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
Copyright Phil Konstantin (1996-2010)

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Yes, I know, I have not written much in the last few
months. I'm still trying to catch up on all of the
backlogged work I have from when my computer crashes
last month. I'm also working on a new book (about
Living Trusts).

Last week, I had what is called a Transcient Ischemic
Attack, or a TIA. It is like a mini-stroke. For about
an hour, I could not remember the names of many common
objects. I had no physical symptoms. A catscan and
bloodwork did not reveal anything. A little over an
hour after it started, I was back to normal. I have a
bunch of test planned for the next few weeks.

In about an hour, I'll be leaving for a week of vacation.
I'll be going through Arizona and Utah. I'll share the
photos I take when I return.

Thanks for hanging in there while I get back up to speed.



Random historical events for August

August 1: 1813: Today, Fort Stephenson, at modern Fremont,
Ohio, will be attacked by British Major Henry A.Proctor,
and 1200 British and Indians. The fort is defended by Major
George Croghan, and 120 men. The Americans will fire only
when the British and Indians are at close range. During the
two day battle, the Americans will have only one man killed.
The British and Indians will sustain more than 1200

August 2: 1792: MOHEGAN Samson Occom dies today in New
Stockbridge, New York. A protege of Rev.Eleazar Wheelock,
Occom will learn numerous foreign languages, become an
ordained minister, be the first Indian to preach in England,
minister to many Indian tribes, and be instrumental in the establishment
of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

August 3: 1889: General Crook, and the other treaty
commissioners, were having no luck in convincing the
large groups of SIOUX and the Standing Rock Agency to
agree to move to smaller reservations, and to sell their
"excess" lands for $1.50 an acre. Sitting Bull continued
to "disrupt" the meetings with his angry denunciation
of any attempts to sell Indian lands. Crook decided he
would make more progress by talking to the tribal leaders individually.
On this date, without informing Sitting Bull,
Crook held a final meeting. Local agent James McLaughlin
had his tribal police surround the meeting site to prevent
any of the rabble-rousers from attending. Eventually,
Sitting Bull worked his way past the police, and
addressed the meeting. Sitting Bull was incensed because
he had not been informed of the meeting. McLaughlin
told the meeting that everyone knew of the meeting. At
that time, Chief John Grass, and many of the other
Chiefs came forward to sign the treaty, and to break
up the large reservation. Sitting Bull vented his
frustration at the other Chiefs, but he was out voted.

August 4: 1862: In July, the money promised to the SANTEE
SIOUX in Minnesota was scheduled to arrive. When Little Crow,
and the other SIOUX, reported to their reservation's upper
agency on the Yellow Medicine River, they were told the
money had not arrived. The winter had been bad, and the
summer crops were poor. Little Crow asked Agent Thomas
Galbraith to open up the local warehouse, which was full
of food. Galbraith said there would be no food if there
was no money. On this date, Little crow, and 500 SIOUX
warriors surround the badly outnumber soldiers guarding
the warehouse. The SANTEE break in and start unloading
supplies. The commanding officer of the garrison, Timothy
Sheehan, understands the frustration of the hungry Indians,
and he convinces Galbraith to officially issue the food
to the SANTEE. Little Crow also gets a promise that the
lower agency will also issue supplies. The SANTEE then
leave peacefully.

August 5: 1881: The Crow Dog murder case goes to the
Supreme Court.

August 6: 1846: The old settlers and the new emigrants
factions of the CHEROKEE have been arguing over who has
legal control of the CHEROKEE Nation since the late 1830s.
It has even been proposed that the nation split into two
tribes. Today, the different sides will sign a treaty in Washington,D.C.
The treaty will confirm that there will
only be one CHEROKEE Nation.

August 7: 1869: A solar eclipse is draw on Lone Dog's
chronicle of the years.

August 8: 1699: The TOHOME Indians live along the gulf coast
in Alabama and Mississippi. Tiday, in Biloxi, they will
formally establish peaceful relations with the French.

August 9: 1911: Ishi ("the last of his tribe") comes into
Oroville, California.

August 10: 1815: The half brother of Cornplanter,
Skaniadariio (Handsome Lake) was born near Ganawagus,
New York sometime around 1735. He fought in many battles
during the French and Indian Wars, and during the American Revolution.
Later he would battle alcoholism. One day a
vision led him to give up drinking and to promote
traditional Indian ways among his people. He became a
Chief among the SENECA based on his wise council. He once
spoke before President Jefferson on behalf of his people.
His teachings have been handed down among the IROQUOIS. He
died today in Onondaga.

August 11: 1988: The ALEUT receive restitution for loses
in WWII today.

August 12: 1878: The PAIUTE Chief Oytes, and his followers,
will surrender today. This will effectively end the PAIUTEs'
participation in the BANNOCK war.

August 13: 1587: Manteo, a CROTAN Indian has converted to
the Church of England. Today, he is baptized by Sir Walter
Raleigh. In respect for his help with Raleigh's colonists,
Raleigh gives him the title of "Lord of Roanoke and of Dasamonquepeuk."

August 14: 1559: Tristan de Luna y Arellano has been appointed
to establish Spanish settlements on Pensacola Bay by the Spanish Viceroy
in Mexico. Today, his expedition of 13 ships, several priests, 500
soldiers, and 1000 settlers will arrive in Pensacola Bay, in Florida.
Much of the expedition will be killed or starve because of a hurricane
which struck the area a few days later.

August 15: 1642: In instructions to the Pennsylvania Governor
John Printz, of New Sweden, the Queen of Sweden wished for
"the wild nations" to be treated kindly, and in a humane
manner. She also stated that the Indians were the "rightful
lords" of this land, and must be treated accordingly.

August 16: 1812: SHAWNEE Chief Tecumseh has been commissioned
as a Brigadier General by the British. With his Indians forces,
he will be instrumental in the surrender of American force at
Fort Detroit, today.

August 17: 1876: President Grant, by Executive Order today,
corrects a survey mistake, and returns Uncompahgre Park,
and some prime farm land, to the UTE Reservation.

August 18: 1863: As a part of the Canyon de Chelly Campaign,
Kit Carson, and General James Charlatan, were trying to
starve the NAVAJOs into submission. Today, General Charlatan
will put a bounty on NAVAJO livestock. Every good horse or
mule would bring twenty dollars, quite a sum for those days.
Each sheep would earn one dollar.

August 19: 1854: a MINICONJOU SIOUX, named High Forehead,
kills a sickly cow near Fort Laramie, in southeastern Wyoming.
The cow's owner complains to the fort's commander. A brash
Brevet Second Lieutenant John L.Grattan, and 30 volunteers
leave the fort today to find the SIOUX involved. Grattan
goes to Conquering Bear's BRULE SIOUX camp near Ash Hollow,
and demands the Indian who shot the cow. Grattan makes numerous threats
at the SIOUX, but they won't hand over High Forehead.
During the parlay, a shot rings out, and Grattan's artillery
gunners open fire on the camp. Conquering Bear tries to get
both sides to stop shooting, but he is hit by an artillery
round. Eventually, all but one of Grattan's men will be
killed in the fighting.

August 20: 1851: One in a series of treaties with California
Indians is signed today at Lipayuma. This treaty says it
will set aside lands for the Indians and protect them from

August 21: 1871: Treaty Number Two (Manitoba Post Treaty),
is concluded between the Canadian Government, and the
CHIPPEWA. They sell 35,700 square miles of land, in exchange
for certain reservation lands, an annuity, schools and
other items.

August 22: 1862: Today, 800 SANTEE SIOUX will attack Fort
Ridgely, in south-central Minnesota. The fort is defended by
approximately 150 soldiers, and two dozen volunteers. The
SIOUX will sneak up to the fort, and try to set fire to it.
When the SIOUX attacked, the Army responded with an artillery barrage.
Little Crow will be wounded in the fighting, and
Mankato will take over. The artillery will make the difference
in the fighting, and the SIOUX will retreat.

August 23: 1724: British forces under Capt. Moulton stage
a supprise attack on an ABENAKI village at Norridgewock. 27
people, including a resident French priest Father Rasles,
would be scalped by the English. The village would be burned.
This would be a big blow to the spirit of the local Indians.

August 24: 1869: For his actions on July 8, 1869, Mad Bear will receive
the Congressional Medal of Honor today.

August 25: 1737: A agreement will be signed today by Thomas
Penn and MUNSEE Chiefs Manawkyhickon and Nutimus. The agreement
will call for Indian lands to be sold along the Delaware
river for the distance that a man could walk in a day and a
half. This would be called the "Walking Purchase" and would
be performed on September 19, 1737.

August 26: 1858: In what would be called "The Battle of
Four Lakes,"force under Colonel George Wright fight for about
KALISPEL, and SPOKANE Indians. The Army will defeat the Indians.

August 27: 1832: Black Hawk surrenders.

August 28: 1676: The last Indian surrenders in the King
Philip's War.

August 29: 1758: The First State Indian reservation, in New
Jersey, is established today.

August 30: 1690: A combined force of British, YAMASSEE and
YUCHI Indians attack the Spanish mission of San Juan de
Guacara in northern Florida, today. Many TIMUCUA indians
in the area have been converted to Christianity or are loyal
to the Franciscan monks. All of the TIMUCUA Indians at the
mission will be killed in the fighting.

August 31: 1905: Today, Ely Samuel Parker (Donehogawa) dies
in New York City. During his lifetime he will be a SENECA
Chief, an engineer, a lawyer, the New York City Building Superintendent,
a Brigadier General in the Civil War where
he will write the surrender papers signed at Appomattox,
and the first Indian Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Born
in 1828, he will be buried in Buffalo, New York.


That's it for now.

Have a great month.

Phil Konstantin

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