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Phil Konstantin's August 2012 Newsletter


I hope things have been going well with you this last month.
I have come down with a cough. When I get a cough, it will
often last for 5 or 6 months. That is something to look
forward to.   ~~|:-(

150 years ago in August, the "Great Sioux Uprising" started
in Minnesota. Further down is a long list of articles,
websites and broadcasts about these events.

Also below is a short article about the death of Sally Ride.



The link of the Month is a website which features a series
of booklets, supplements, posters, books DVDs and brochures
primarily oriented toward the Ojibwe around the Great Lakes.
Many of these can be downloaded for free. Others can be

They are published by the Great Lakes Indian Fish &
Wildlife Commission.

Here are some of the titles available:
A Guide to Understanding Ojibwe Treaty Rights
Ojibwe Treaty Rights Understanding & Impact
Ganawenimaa nimamainan aki (Respect our Mother Earth)
Michigan's 1836 Treaty Fishery Guide
GLIFWC Color & Activity Book
Ricing with Tommy Sky
Spearfishing with Tommy Sky
Anishinaabe Manoomin
Manoomin~Wild Rice The Good Berry

Some of the brochures which are available are designed for
younger people, but older folks will find them interesting.
One is called "Growing Up Ojibwe." The 20 page article is
in the PDF format. It features articles, puzzles, crosswords,
history, words and a few other things.

You can find all of them at them at:


The treaty of the month is:

Aug. 29, 1821. | 7 Stat., 218. "

It covers the Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawatomi. Some of the
issues covered are:

Cession of land within the boundaries described.
Grants to persons named.
Location of the preceding grants.
Further grants.
Grants not transferable without consent.
Tracts to be located after survey.
Payment for said cession.
Land to be reserved for blacksmiths and teachers.
Right of Indians to hunt on land ceded.
United States may make a road through Indian country.
Treaty binding when ratified.
The tract at Matchebenashshewish to be 3 miles square.

I have also included one of the brochures listed in
the Link of the Month above.

Michigan's 1836 Treaty Fishery Guide


The National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) puts out a
quarterly, online magazine. The spring edition is still available
online. While it has lots of ads (which are great if you are looking for
something), it also has a couple of good articles. There is also a
interesting photo of a hatchet which was given to Tecumseh in 1812. I
like these kinds of things because they bring a certain reality to


News Videos:

Veterans pow-wow with the Seneca Nation

Powwow at Hackney's Farm honors the horse

Native Americans' Olympic Medals Displayed in DC

Keetoowah casino faces decision

Scenic Byway: Trail of the Ancients

Navajo man seeks Geronimo's skull

Native American Fashions

Crash into irrigation ditch killed 4

Pueblo fire, flood damage shocks governor

Oklahoma City University Study Reveals Substantial Economic
Impact of the Chickasaw Nation on Oklahoma's Economy

Historic statue stolen 7-8-12

North American Native Americans gather

Santa Ana Junior Golf Academy

Celebrate Navajo culture at Monument Valley on Sat, June 16

Canoe Tour Gives Taste of Warm Springs Culture

Augustine Casino celebrates 10th anniversary

Narragansett Indian Tribe not give up Casino Battle

Boarding School

Local Indian tribes gear up for Pow Wow

R.I. Indian Council's Pow Wow

Indian tribal land and casinos


August marks the 150th anniversary of the "Great Sioux
Uprising" in Minnesota.The following links will take
you to websites, books, photos, videos and audio broadcasts
which discuss this significant event in American history.

After the U.S. Army put down the Santee Sioux who were
involved, 38 Indians were hung in Mankato Minnesota.
This was the largest mass execution in US history.

If the links do not work, trying looking up the title
in a search engine


3quarksdaily: the hanging at Mankato

150 years later, war's wounds still cut deep

150 years The U.S.-Dakota Conflict In the Stacks

A History of the Dahlheimer Family of Minnesota

A Minnesota politician and writer shares his insights on
'The Dakota War, a Clash of Cultures' MinnPost

A neglected cause of the Sioux uprising - Gerald S. Henig. PDF format

Abe Lincoln hangs 38 Santee Sioux Minnesota 1862!!

Abraham Lincoln Deciding the Fate of 300 Indians Convicted of
War Crimes in Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising

Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy

ABSTRACT Revisiting the Dakota Uprising of 1862 Jennifer McKinney

Adjutant General Report page 1 Dakota War of 1862 Library MNHS.ORG

As red men viewed it three Indian accounts of the uprising. PDF format

Atlas of the Sioux Wars


Bingham Hall Dakota Conflict 1862 New Ulm Minnesota

Books offered by JF Ptak Science Books Executing Numbers
instead of People Lincoln and the Sioux, 26 December, 1862


Canku Ota - January 1, 2009 - Dakota 38 riders gallop through Flandreau

Charles E. Flandrau, attorney at war - PDF Format

Breu Thesis. 37 pages in PDF format

Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 Marker

Dakota Conflict Sioux Uprising Bibliography and Links

Dakota Commemorative March 2006

Dakota Oyate »

Dakota uprising begins in Minnesota —
This Day in History — 8171862

Dakota War of 1862 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Digital History - Great Sioux Uprising Of 1862

Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims

George AS Crooker to Abraham Lincoln, Tuesday, October 07, 1862 PDF


HSP's Hidden Histories Little Alma Dora Dustin & the
‘Great Sioux Uprising’ During the American Civil War

Krohn Pardon push for Dakota named Chaska revives 1862
conflict » Local News » The Free Press, Mankato, MN

“Lack of a Middle Ground” The Sioux Uprising of 1862 -
Thesis in PDF format ...

Largest mass hanging in United States history

Mankato memorial planned for those hanged in 1862 after
Dakota War » Local News » The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Merton Eastlick (1851 - 1875) - Find A Grave Memorial

Minnesota's frontier, a neglected sector of the Civil War

Minnesota's Indian war. - PDF format

New documentary remembers largest mass execution in US
history Minnesota Public Radio News

On This Day  September 13, 1862

Oyate Research Center - Sioux uprising 1862

Revisiting a war that shaped Minnesota, 150 years later

Riel Rebellion, White Cap & Indian Massacre of Minnesota

Sioux Uprising - Sgt. Ira Eggleston

Sioux Uprising of 1862 - The Belmont Massacre

Sioux Uprising of 1862

Sioux War of 1862 - Fort Wiki Historic U.S. and Canadian Forts

Speech of Little Crow on the Eve of the Great Sioux Uprising
Information from

"Taoyateduta is not a coward." - PDF Format

Teacher's guide - PDF format

The Dakota Conflict (Sioux Uprsing) Trials of 1862

The Dakota Conflict of 1862 - long article with lots of photos

The Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota

The Hanging at Mankato - Triple Canopy

The Largest Mass Execution in American History

Scenes of the Sioux War a century afterward - PDF Format

The shooting of Little Crow: heroism or murder? - PDF Format

The Siege of Fort Abercrombie - Friends of Fort Abercrombie
State Historic Site

The Sioux campaign of 1862; Sibley's letters to his wife. - PDF format

The Sioux Uprising of 1862

The story of my childhood, written for my children.
Alice Mendenhall George. Photographs by Minnie Mendenhall.

The time to speak is over the onset of the Sioux uprising
- PDF format

Two of my grandfathers were sentenced to hang at Mankato
The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

U.S.–Dakota War - MN150

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Historic Fort Snelling

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Library MNHS.ORG

United States–Sioux War (Minnesota [Santee] Sioux Uprising)
(1862–1864) description, principal combatants, major issues and


Online Books:

A thrilling narrative of the Minnesota massacre and the Sioux
war of 1862-63 graphic accounts of the siege of Fort Ridgely

Dakota war whoop or, Indian massacres and war in Minnesota,
of 1862-3 Bishop, Harriet E., 1817-1883

History of the Sioux War and massacres of 1862 and 1863
Heard, Isaac V. D., b. 1834

Manomin a rhythmical romance of Minnesota, the great rebellion,
and the Minnesota massacres Coloney, Myron Free Download & S

Minnesota in the civil and Indian wars 1861-1865 Minnesota.
Board of Commissioners on Publication of History of Minnesota in

Recollections of the Sioux massacre an authentic history of
the Yellow Medicine incident, of the fate of Marsh and his men,


Audio Podcasts:

The Great Sioux Uprising - 1862



DAKOTA 38 - Full Movie in HD - YouTube 1 hour 18 minutes long

Dakota Commemorative March, Nov 2006 12 - YouTube- 6 minutes

Dakota Conflict:

Dakota Exile

Minnesota Massacre of 1862 - YouTube

Minnesota's Sioux uprising of 1862, Part 1 - YouTube

Minnesota's Sioux uprising of 1862, Part 2 - YouTube

When Cultures Collide The Dakota Conflict of 1862 - YouTube


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Sally Ride:

Many of you know that I worked at NASA during the last two moon landings
and our first space station Skylab. I was just a tiny cog in the very
large machine which made the program possible. I remain am enthusiastic
supporter of space exploration, both by machines and people.

During my radio talk-show days in Houston (after NASA), I once
interviewed the head of the astronaut selection committee. I asked him
what was the hardest decision he had to make in his job. I remember he
gave a good answer during the interview. However, it is what he said
after the interview was over that I still remember. While I was making
sure our interview had been properly recorded for later broadcast, he
had been looking out the window of my radio station's highrise building
at the skyline of downtown Houston. He suddenly told me he remembered a
harder decision he had made. He said he had to eliminate everyone over
six feet tall from the program. This was based on the mechanics of space
flight, weight requirements, the size of the spacecrafts, and a few
other issues. I asked him why this was such a hard decision. He said he
was six foot one. Prior to his decision, he had been an astronaut
candidate. In essence, he eliminated himself.

Sally Ride will be forever known as the first American woman to go into
space. This in itself is well worth mention. While the decision to make
her the first US woman in space was based on her ability, it was also
somewhat a matter of luck. Had some subtle changes in the process been
changed, this honor could have gone to someone else. This is also true
for all of the men who have gone into space. Some minor changes of
priorities could have changed history considerably.

One of the reasons I have a great deal of admiration for Sally Ride is
because of what she has done after she ended her career as an astronaut.
Rather than going to work in the aerospace industry as many other former
astronauts have done, Sally went to work at the Stanford University
Center for International Security and Arms Control. She then because a
professor of Physics at the University Of California, San Diego. It is
what came next that impressed me the most. She started Sally Ride
Science. To quote from the company's website:

"Sally Ride Science™ is an innovative science education company
dedicated to supporting girls’ and boys’ interests in science, math and
technology. We believe that when children are encouraged to pursue their
interests they are inspired to think about their futures, and are better
prepared to pursue a wide range of exciting opportunities in high
school, college and beyond.

Dr. Sally Ride, best known as America’s first woman in space, founded
Sally Ride Science in 2001 to create quality programs and products that
educate, entertain, engage and inspire.

A key part of our corporate mission is to make a difference in girls'
lives, and in society's perceptions of their roles in technical fields.
Our school programs, classroom materials, and teacher trainings bring
science to life to show kids that science is creative, collaborative,
fascinating, and fun."

I have long been an advocate for making sure that opportunities in work
and education were based on merit and not preconceptions or gender.
Sally never seemed to care for the trappings of fame which came with her
position in history. Sally's use of her "star-quality" was an excellent
example of how someone could use their notoriety to help others. My late
wife was also a scientist. It was one of the things I found attractive
about her.

Sally died of cancer a few days ago here in San Diego. She has left a
legacy which goes far beyond just being the first American woman into
space. She made a difference in the lives of many younger people.

One of my other interests is trivia. So here is one for you.

Sally Ride remains the youngest person to go into space. She was 32
years, 23 days old when she flew on STS-7 in June 1983.

She will be missed.

You can see some photos I took of Sally on this website:


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 casualties.


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

Transcript here:


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


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,


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
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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


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.

See my photo of the area here:


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 Americans.


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 three hours with COEUR
Army will defeat the Indians.

See my photo of the area:


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 this month.

Stay safe,

Phil Konstantin

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