September 2011 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
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Phil Konstantin's September 2011 Newsletter


The Cherokee Nation is involved in a "re-do" of its election for
Principal Chief. I'm gong to have my absentee ballot notarized today and
mail it in. I have lots more about this in the links below. If you are a
registered Cherokee votes, please research the claims and counter-claims
by both candidates before you vote.

I have been spending lots of time lately trying to process the massive
number of photos I have been taking while I fly over San Diego in my TV
station's helicopter. We have been grounded while we replace one of the
blades. I have over 1,000 photos which I managed not to get to while I
was reorganizing my new computer. One of these days, I'll have them all
uploaded to my Over San Diego website:

I have finally got some video editing software and I figured out to make
copies of some of the videos I have done over the years. I will be
posting them on YouTube as I get to them. I already have a few there
now. These cover a wide variety of subjects. Here is the link for that




I made a Facebook page some time in 2009, as I recall. I was still at
KUSI and they wanted us to do it so we could stay in touch with our
viewers. My page is at:

I'll "friend" almost anyone who asks, but I do not check the page often.

I have mixed feelings about Facebook. They harvest LOTS of personal
information and will not always say what they are doing with it. Some of
the ads which appear on the right side of the page are also misleading.
Today I saw an ad for high school yearbooks which appeared to have a
photo of a friend of mine. No, she is not a model for the ad. It looks
like they took a photo of one of my "friends" and placed it on the link.

On the other hand, Facebook is a good way to stay in touch with people.
It is also a good way to have a website without having to build it all
by yourself and pay to host it somewhere.

As you might imagine, there is a definite American Indian presence on
Facebook. Remember, since Facebook allows people to post items on sites,
you never know what you may find. Here are some links to some of the
pages I have found there. They are listed alphabetically, except for the
first link.

The North American Native (Bruno has some interesting postings)¬if_t=group_activity

Abolish Columbus Day and Re-name it to Native American day now!

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)

American Indian Center - Chicago

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Cultural Center Museum (In Oklahoma)

American Indian Film Institute

American Indian Genocide Museum

American Indian Higher Education Resources

American Indian Movement

American Indian People For Wild Horses

American Indian Rights and Resources Organization

American Indian Women of Proud Nations

Cherokee At-Large Voters Association

Gina Boltz

Gray Wolf (Interesting guy. I met him at the SDSU Powwow many years ago)

Haskell's Indigenous and American Indian Studies Club

Indigenous and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA in New Mexico)

NCAIED - National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian in New York (Part of the
Smithsonian Group)

NSAIE - National Society for American Indian Elderly

Native American Encyclopedia

Native American Indian Boarding Schools

Native American Indian - Old Photos (nice postings of old photos)

Native American Indian Wisdom

Native American National Team

San Diego Cherokee Community (The group I am a part of in San Diego)

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) (I made a
presentation before this group once)

UNC American Indian Center (North Carolina)


Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

You're In America, Speak Native American


The Cherokee Nation (the one in Tahlequah) has been going through some
interesting times lately. We had an election for Chief, Deputy Chief,
and tribal council members. The results for Chief were counted about 5
times, as I recall. Each time they got a different result. The winner
switched several times. Eventually, the Cherokee Supreme Court ruled
there should be another election. That will take place on the 24th. I
have to vote absentee, since I do not live in Oklahoma.

Results flip-flopping in Cherokee chief election

Cherokee justices examining vote totals again

Cherokee court invalidates chief election

The Cherokee Nation Chief election will go to a recount

New Cherokee chief election set for Sept. 24


As is often the case in close elections, each candidate's camp often has
less than kind things to say about the other candidate. So, I'll post
the websites for each candidate so you can read what they say yourself.
The links are posted alphabetically by last name.

Elect Bill John Baker

Re-Elect Principal Chief Chad Smith

Here is the Cherokee Nation Election Commission's website iof you have
any questions:


While going through some of the articles on the election, I found the
following story. I thought you might find it interesting.

Cherokees cultivate at-large citizens



Continuing with my Cherokee theme, this month's treaty is the Treaty of
New Echota of 1835. This is the treaty which required the Cherokee
Nation to move west of the Mississippi River. It also led to an almost
full-fledged civil war among the Cherokees. The circumstances under
which it was signed are dubious, at best. While the signers may have
honestly felt they were doing the best thing possible for the Cherokees,
the vast majority of the tribe, and the official tribal leadership,
opposed the treaty. It was repudiated by a petition representing almost
7/8ths of the tribe. The US government, who wanted the treaty, ignored
the petition and the illegal manner in which it was signed. The Cherokee
nation took its case to the US Supreme Court. The court sided with the
Cherokees, but President Andrew Jackson refused to enforce the court's
decision. This led to the Cherokees forced removal, and the infamous
"Road Where They Cried" or the "Trail of Tears."




Sept. 23rd – 25th, 2011
Haskell Institute
50th Class Reunion
Class of 1961 Graduates
All classes invited · All Classes welcome

Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Ave.
Lawrence, KS  66046


Native Voices
Annual Call For Scripts

Submissions due September 15, 2011

It's that time of year if again! We will be accepting submissions for
consideration to the amazing playwrights opportunities and events listed
below between September 1-15. We look forward to reading your
submissions and hearing your stories!

And feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who you think might
be interested.

For detailed guidelines and more information

First Annual Short Play Festival

An all-new event! Selected short plays and one-acts will be presented
during the Autry National Center’s American Indian Arts Market in Los
Angeles. This year’s theme is “Indians in America: What You See Is What
You Get,” and we invite a wide range of short scripts. Selected plays
will be given a staged reading on November 5, 2011. Of the plays
presented, one will be selected by a panel of judges for the 2011 Award
for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize.

2012 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

The retreat and festival brings artists together from across the globe
to continue work on a select number of plays through a rigorous
directorial and dramaturgical commitment for this weeklong retreat in
June at San Diego State University, with public presentations at the
Tony Award–winning La Jolla Playhouse and the Autry National Center.
Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as
well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare
plus lodging in Southern California.

2012 First Look Series

Selected plays receive a ten-hour workshop and public presentation at
the Autry National Center. Selected playwrights receive directorial and
dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists
receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.
Where to Send Submissions
Electronic submissions (in PDF or Word format):
Type “SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

Hard copy submissions:
Native Voices at the Autry
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

Additional Information
Link to Call For Scripts Form
Plays are evaluated on originality, theme, theatricality, and execution.
Plays workshopped at Native Voices at the Autry have gone on to
productions and/or readings at such venues as New York’s Public Theater,
La Jolla Playhouse, VSA North Fourth Art Center, Workshop West in
Canada, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, and
Montana Rep. They have also been featured at the Kennedy Center’s New
Visions/New Voices Theatre for Young Audiences in Washington DC; the Two
Worlds Native American Theater and Film Festival in New Mexico; the City
University of New York Indigenous World Theatre Reading Series;
Idyllwild Native Arts Week; the Originals Festival in Brisbane,
Australia; the ASSITEJ 16th World Congress and Performing Arts Festival;
and the Origins Festival in London.


News Articles (in no particular order):

Sept. 2011 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix online

Cherokee Nation Revokes Tribal Citizenship From Descendants of Slaves

Injunction filed over Cherokee Principal Chief race

Cherokees see big jump in absentee ballot requests

Judge sets hearing on Freedmen motion for Cherokee election

Michell Hicks wins election as Eastern Cherokee principal chief


Appeals planned in $3.4B Indian trust settlement

Oklahoma artist joins NIKE to create Native inspired clothing

The Racists Are Coming! Campaign Against Sharia Law a Threat to Indian

Relatives of former Pala Band chairman removed from the roll

American Indian activist Means says he has cancer

Red Lake Nation plans to reforest 50,000 acres

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Rate Higher Among American Indians

All offensive place names in Maine changed after lengthy effort

Lawmakers urged to keep Indian-majority districts

Cheyenne River reservation celebrates new hospital

The 65th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

Opinion: Media won't take on stereotypes and 'Redskins' name

Nevada tribal leader, 81, sues BLM for $30M

Tribe drops lawsuit against Nebraska over doctor

In the Spirit of Our Ancestors By Ruth Hopkins

Study confirms accuracy of 16th-century Aztec farmland maps

Suquamish Tribal Council OKs same-sex marriages

US Treasury gives grants to help Native Hawaiians

The Betrayal of Sergeant Crazy Horse By Chuck Trimble

Per capita payments at Eastern Cherokee casino fell 21 percent

Klamath Tribes celebrate 25 years of restoration of tribal rights

'Special Rights’ is a Loaded Term By Peter d'Errico

Tim Giago: Budget woes among states bring bad news for tribes

2011 Indian Peace Treaty pageant might be last

Consciousness of Taino: Explorations of Identity By Jose Barreiro

First Nation in crisis amid growing rate of youth suicide

Pueblo works to recover from fire

Tsuu T’ina First Nation Vies to Be Named Coolest Community in Alberta

California tribes lobby lawmakers to protect sacred sites

Teen uses song to preserve Native language

Healing Totem to Begin its Journey September 12

Woman killed amid spike in violent crime on reserve in Alberta

The Bison : Comanche Museum hosting national traveling exhibition

South Dakota College Prep Program Benefits Native American Students

Echo Hawk rejects off-reservation casino for New Mexico tribe

Oklahoma Tribes Seek Water Rights

Charles Trimble: US manipulation of tribes goes back centuries

'The longest drought'

Documentary and Website Chronicle Six Journeys to Health

Opinion: Some 'facts' about Chumash Tribe land-into-trust bid

Crazy Horse sculptor's widow carries on mountain dream

Native Americans in Distress

Ruth Hopkins: Blood quantum a dead end for tribal enrollment

Indigenous US activist Peltier wins rights prize

Exhibit Explores Odawa Legacy and Struggle for Sovereignty

Opinion: United States ignoring 'epidemic' in Indian Country

A Little-known Rock Art Site Illuminates Ancient  and Historic Life in
the San Juan Basin

Karuk Journalist Determined to Get Native Stories in Mainstream Media

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's oldest member marks 100th

The Center For Desert Archaeology Headed “Back to the Future” of the
Post-Chacoan World

No Longer Circling the Wagons: Many National Parks Get Indian Stories

Law Article: Court in Ontario addresses treaty rights provision

Kellogg Sues the Maya Archaeology Initiative

Interior Provides Information to Native Americans Tracing Their Ancestry

Steven Newcomb: Greed motivated taking of indigenous lands

California Solar Energy Project May Threaten Blythe Intaglios

Paintball Petroglyph Painter Punished

New Youtube Channel Features a Variety of Presentations on Hohokam

IHS Deems Living Conditions Unsanitary at Trailer Park on Yakama Nation

Turtle Talk: Justice Thomas and his radical vision of Indian law

Federal Grant Will Assist in the Preservation of the Mescalero Dialect
of the Apache Language

Monument to Native American Chief Resurrected

Opinion: Ishi, the 'last' of Yahi people, one hundred years later

Remembering Cherokee Resistance, Self-Defense & Sovereignty

Math and Culture Focus of Native American Summer Program in Tacoma

Editorial: Tribal interests put ahead of others in Massachusetts

The Elem Pomo Seeking Public Support to Protect Rattlesnake Island

United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit Held September 7-9

Horse race a long tradition for Colville Tribes

Protecting Your Liver

Crow Student Puts Education Dreams First

Turtle Talk: Tribal courts, treaty rights and treaty rights disputes

AIM West Plans Birthday Celebration for Leonard Peltier - September 12

Indigenous Oil Sands Protest Leads to White House Arrests

New chairman takes over Little Traverse Bay Bands after recall

Native Tourism Association Conference Set to Begin September 11

Larry Echo Hawk Visits Red Lake Juvenile Detention Center

NASA Sends Old Tobacco Seeds Into Space

Tribe mum on state-mandated donations

Chickasaw Composer Receives Emmy for Musical Scientific Experiment

Ojibwe Language Immersion Camp fun for the whole family

Marty Two Bulls, ‘Why Can’t We Go Home?’

Native American garden planted at the U of MN-Morris

Native Americans in a Postmodern World

Ignoring the epidemic - Contemporary Native American issues neglected

Schaghticoke Elder Catherine Velky, 87, Dies


Cherokee Holiday Event Honors Military Service

Central Illinois residents step up aid to help poverty on reservations

Aboriginal War Veterans to be Honored with Memorial

Paiute resort's golf courses honor tribe's culture

Air Force Academy Takes Tribal Steps

Archeological surprises uncovered after BP oil spill

At 90, Chester Nez Keeps Alive the Story of Navajo Code Talkers

Code Talkers Have Served the Military Well—and Often Secretly

Federal officials giving tribal police more authority


Humor and other things (not necessarily Indian related):

From Ed Clark:


How important does a person have to be before they are considered
assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in" . but it's only a "penny for
your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have? and can it have a relapse on
my plate?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up
like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in
binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you
naked anyway.

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible
crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut,
why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're
both dogs!

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from
vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the troposphere, but
call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at
you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the



1. Two times a week we go to a nice  restaurant, have a little beverage,
good food  and companionship.
She goes on Tuesdays, I go on  Fridays.

2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California, and mine is in

3. I take my wife everywhere, but she  keeps finding her way  back.

4. I asked my wife where she wanted to go  for our anniversary. 
"Somewhere I haven't  been in a long time!" she said.
So I  suggested the kitchen.

5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she  shops.

6. She has an electric blender, electric  toaster and electric bread
maker.  She  said, "There are too many gadgets, and no  place to sit
down!" So I bought her an  electric chair.

7. My wife told me the car wasn't running  well because there was water
in the  carburetor.  I asked where the car was. She  told me, "In the 

8. She got a mud pack and looked great  for two days.  Then the mud fell

9. She ran after the garbage truck,  yelling, "Am I too late for the
garbage?" The  driver said, "No, jump  in!".

10. Remember:  Marriage is the  number one cause of  divorce.

11. I married Miss Right.  I just  didn't know her first name was 

12. I haven't spoken to my wife in 18  months.  I don't like to
interrupt  her.

13. The last fight was my fault  though.  My wife asked, "What's on the 
TV?"  I said,  "Dust!".


More from Ed:

Insider Investment Tips for 2011

For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected
mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some
BIG bucks.

Watch for these consolidations in 2011:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R.
Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and
become: Poly, Warner Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and become: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will
merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.

5. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become:
Knott NOW!


From my brother Milton:

Southern women Know their summer weather report:

Southern women know their vacation spots:
The beach
The rivuh
The crick

Southern women know everybody's first name:

Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Driving Miss Daisy
Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southern women know their religions:

Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth

Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler

Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food

More Suthen-ism's:
Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a
conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens,
peas, beans, etc..., make up "a mess."

Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of

Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Going to
town, be back directly."

Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for
the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in
the middle of the table..

All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the
term, but they know the concept well.

Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace
for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a
big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real
crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!

Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and
" a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1
mile or 20

Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a
redneck, a good ol' boy, and Po white trash.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn
signal is actually going to make a turn.

A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an

Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, ... And when
we're "in line,"... We talk to everybody!

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're
related, even if only by marriage.

In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.

Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are
perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and
that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.

When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you
are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea
indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea
unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.

And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old
ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway.. You just say,"Bless her heart"
... And go your own way.

To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness:
Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the
morning. Bless your heart!

And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all
this Southern stuff, .... bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to
have classes on Southernness as a second language!

Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah !


History section:

Here are some randomly picked historical events for September

September 1, 1845: Tired of the continuing feud between the "Old
Settlers" and the "New Emigrants" factions of the CHEROKEE Nation, 54
CHEROKEE families will leave the Indian Territory reservation to join
relatives in Texas.

September 2, 1877: Victorio flees the San Carlos Reservation

September 3, 1719: Today, Frenchman Bernard de la Harpe, discovers an
Indian village on the Arkansas River, near Muskogee. La Harpe had
traveled up the Red river, then went overland across Oklahoma. He will
describe the land as fertile, and the people (probably a CADDOAN tribe)
as friendly, and hard working. La Harpe will claim the land for France.

September 4, 1886: Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson Miles at
Skelton Canyon south of Apache Pass.

September 5, 1814: Today will see the start of the two day battle of
Credit Island, near present day Davenport, Iowa. Major Zackary Taylor,
and 334 American soldiers are making their way up the Mississippi River
attacking British positions with considerable success. Today they will
encounter a force of 1000 Indians and British. The allied army will
force Taylor to withdraw to safety in Saint Louis.

September 6, 1839: Today, a conference is held by both the "old
settlers" and the "new emigrant" CHEROKEEs in Tahlequah, Indian
Territory (Oklahoma). John Ross will be elected Principal Chief of the
newly rejoined CHEROKEE Nation. David Vann will be elected Second Chief.
A new constitution will be adopted. The convention will continue until
October 10, 1839. Many "old settlers" wil disavow any actions taken by
this convention. They believe that the old settler government is still
in power. You will see this date on the Cherokee Flag and seal.

September 7, 1957: An Act of Congress gives the CHILKAT Indians mineral
rights to their lands near Klukwan. They will be one of only a very
small number of Alaskans with this provision.

September 8, 1865: Today, a grand council of the formerly pro-Union, and
pro-Confederacy Indians is held at Fort Smith, Kansas. The newly
appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Dennis N.Cooley, will chair
the meeting. Most of the Indians are told that they have forfeited their
lands, and annuities by their traitorous support of the south. Each
tribe would have to plead its case for mercy.

September 9, 1891: Two KICKAPOO Chiefs, chosen to accompany Americans to
the Capitol to obtain some money owed to them, are forced, in their
words, to sign an "agreement" by Secretary of the Interior John W.Noble.
This agreement would sell the United States, the KICKAPOO's "surplus
lands" at thirty cents an acre. Many forgeries, and the signatures of
dead Indians, and signatures of fictitious Indians were added to the
agreement. Congress would approve the agreement on March 30, 1893.

September 10, 1782: Today, a force of 40 British Rangers and 250 Indians
will attack the fort built in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia).
None of the soldiers will be killed on either side. A few Indians will
die in the fighting. Some historians feel that this is be the last
battle of the American Revolutionary war.

September 11, 1858: Col.Miles, with 5 companies of soldiers,and 50
Mexicans, enter the Canyon de Chelly, in north eastern Arizona. The
NAVAJOs have not produced the Fort Defiance murderer of July 12, 1858.
In fact, the NAVAJOs have tried to pass off a killed Mexican prisoner as
the sought for NAVAJO. The soldiers will kill a few NAVAJOs in the
canyon. The soldiers will camp in the canyon that night. The NAVAJOs
launch an ineffectual attack from the canyon walls. A captured NAVAJO
convinces the other NAVAJOs to stop the attack.

See my photos of the area here:

September 12, 1878: Lt.H.S.Bishop, with 30 troopers, and a few SHOSHONE
scouts, attack a band of BANNOCK Indians on the Dry Fork of the Snake
River, southwest of Yellowstone Lake, in Wyoming. One Indian is killed,
and 7 are captured during the fighting. The captive say they are from
the Boise Reservation, and had escaped from the fight on September 4,
1878 on Clark's Fork with Col.Miles. While the Army had reported 11
Indians killed, the captives said the correct figure was 28. This will
be the last significant battle of the BANNOCK War. According to an
official government report, 40 whites, and 78 Indians will be killed
during the war.

September 13, 1878: Dull Knife, and his Northern CHEYENNE followers,
have left their reservation in Indian Territory. They are head back to
their old homelands. Today, they will cross the Cimarron River, 150
miles north of Fort Reno, in central Indian Territory, and establish a
camp in some canyons. A group of ARAPAHOs, will talk with Dull Knife,
and tell him the nearby soldiers want them to return to the reservation.
Dull Knife refuses, and the soldiers attack. The Indians have the best
strategic positions, and they will pin down the soldiers. After making
their escape, the CHEYENNEs will be pursued along their entire northward

September 14, 1777: Spanish Governor Galvez issues an act today, in New
Orleans. He orders the military, and Spanish subjects to "respect the
rights of these Indians in the lands they occupy and to protect them in
the possession thereof."

September 15, 1797: On this date, the SENECA sign a treaty with Robert
Morris, and Jeremiah Wadsworth, on the Genesee River, in Ontario County,
New York, to get a two square mile piece of the TUSCARORA Reservation.

September 16, 1850: Today in a letter to the President of the United
States, Senator John Fremont states that Spanish law gave Indians rights
to their lands. He feels the United States will have to enact some laws
to revoke the Indians' rights. Under the treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo,
the United States agreed to recognize Spanish land titles in the newly
acquired California.

September 17, 1778: The first DELAWARE treaty: DELAWARE Principal Chief
Koquethagechton (White Eyes) is appointed as a Colonel at the treaty
signing today. He will work to see the DELAWARE Nation become the 14th
American State. The treaty will be signed in Pittsburgh, by three
Chiefs: White Eyes, The Pipe, and John Killbuck, & Andrew and Thomas

September 18, 1813: After the "massacre" at Fort Mims, Alabama, by the
"Red Stick" CREEKs, the word of the CREEK uprising spreads. Today in
Nashville, Tennessee, Governor William Blount will call on the State
Legislature to "teach these barbarous sons of the woods their
inferiority." The cry for vengence will ring throughout the area. In a
few weeks, Andrew Jackson will begin his campaign against the CREEK.

September 19, 1737: Today is the start of the walking for the "Walking
Purchase" from the DELAWARE. The walkers would be Solomon Jennings,
Edward Marshall, and James Yates. The "walkers would barely stay below a
run. By the next day at noon, Edward Marshall had covered 65 miles.
Yates, who passed out from the exertion, would die three days later.
Jennings gave up the first day and was sickly for the rest of his life.
Many Indians complained than the "walk" did not live up to the spirit of
the agreement.

September 20, 1822: Red cloud is born today.

September 21, 1904: Chief Joseph (Hinmaton-yalatkit or
Hein-mottoo-ya-la-kekt) dies today.

September 22, 1711: The TUSCARORA Indians, under Chief Hencock, join the
COREE, PAMLICO, MACHAPUNGA, and BEAR RIVER Indians in an attack on the
white settlements on the Trent and Pamlico Rivers in North Carolina.
Almost 130 white adults, and half that many children will be killed. The
war will spring from whites settling in Indian lands, and Indian
retaliations. A Swiss promoter, Baron Christoph von Graffenried had
ordered the Indians removed, when he had discovered them on lands he had
obtained from the Crown, at New Bern, in western North Carolina.

September 23, 1875: As the Black Hills conference is reconvened, Red
Cloud is now present. None of the Indians are interested in parting with
their sacred "Paha Sopa", the Black Hills. Before Red Cloud can speak, a
band of 300 of Crazy Horse's warriors rush in on horseback. Crazy
Horse's representative, Little Big Man exclaims he will kill any Chief
who agrees to give away the Black Hills. While the SIOUX police will
move Little Big Man away from the commissioners, the commissioners
realize that most of those present agree that the Black Hills will not
be given away. The commissioners decide to return to Fort Robinson, in
northwestern Nebraska.

September 24, 1858: Qualchan, son of YAKAMA Chief Owhi, rides into
Colonel George Wright's camp today. Qualchan is wanted for what the
settlers consider as murder for his part in the recent fighting.
Qualchan will be taken into custody and hanged later today.

September 25, 1975: First Indian prayer in the United States Senate.

September 26, 1675: Virginia Col. John Washington, and Maryland Major
Thomas Trueman, troops surround the main base of the SUSQUEHANNOCK
Indians. They are there to discover if the Indians are responsible for
attacking colonial settlements. Trueman calls out the SUSQUEHANNOCK for
a conference under a flag of truce. Five Chiefs come out of their
fortified position to talk. They deny being involved in the attacks.
Trueman has them led away and killed. Trueman would get off with a minor
fine from the Maryland Assembly for this act.

September 27, 1827: According to some historians, today marks the end of
the "WINNEBAGO Expedition." After the "Red Bird War", which started on
June 29, 1827, WINNEBAGO Chief Red Bird surrenders today, in response to
the Army's threat to destroy the entire tribe. Red Bird will be found
guilty of murdering several settlers and rivermen; but, he will die in
prison before he is sentenced.

September 28, 1874: Brevet Major General (Col.) Ranald Mackenzie, with
approximately 600 soldiers, leads an attack on the Indians residing in
the Palo Duro Canyon, in the Texas panhandle. Four Indians, and no
soldiers are reported killed. However, much of the Indians provisions
will be destroyed, including as many as 1400 Indian horses killed by the
soldiers. It will be a major psychological blow for the few southern
plains Indians still not living on reservations.

See three photos of the area here:

September 29, 1973: The House Interior Committee votes to approve a bill
which would re-establish federal recognition of the MENOMINEEs Indians

September 30, 1809: William Henry Harrison, representing the United
States, and the DELAWARE, MIAMI, POTAWATOMI & EEL RIVER Indians, will
sign a treaty today at Fort Wayne. Three million acres in Indiana and
Illinois will be trades larger annuities, and $5,200 in supplies.


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.

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Native American History For Dummies

I wrote six of the twenty-four chapters in this book. I am credited with being the technical editor. Book Description:
Native American History For Dummies introduces readers to the thousand-year-plus history of the first inhabitants of North America and explains their influence on the European settlement of the continent. Covering the history and customs of the scores of tribes that once populated the land, this friendly guide features vivid studies of the lives of such icons as Pocahontas, Sitting Bull, and Sacagawea; discusses warfare and famous battles, offering new perspectives from both battle lines; and includes new archaeological and forensic evidence, as well as oral histories that show events from the perspective of these indigenous peoples. The authors worked in concert with Native American authorities, institutions, and historical experts to provide a wide range of insight and information.
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Treaties With American Indians I wrote an article and several appendix items for this book.
Clips from a review on *Starred Review* In the 93 years from 1778 until 1871, there were more than 400 treaties negotiated by Indian agents and government officials. Editor Fixico and more than 150 contributors have crafted a three volume comprehensive tool that will soon become essential for anyone interested in the topic. A resource section with lists of ?Alternate Tribal Names and Spellings,? ?Tribal Name Meanings,? (<---- I wrote this part) Treaties by Tribe,? and ?Common Treaty Names? and a bibliography and comprehensive index are repeated in each volume. This impressive set has a place in any academic library that supports a Native American studies or American history curriculum. It is the most comprehensive source of information on Canadian-Indian treaties and U.S.-Indian treaties. Also available as an e-book.

"The Wacky World of Laws"
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The Wacky World of Laws is a compilation of U.S. and International Laws that are out of the ordinary. With the U.S. churning out 500,000 new laws every year and 2 million regulations annually, this book is the ideal go-to book fro everyone who wants a good laugh at the expense of our legal system. Law so often can be boring! Now with The Wacky World of Laws, you can be the hit of any water cooler conversation, and amaze your friends with precious legal nuggets.

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