December 2007 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
Copyright © Phil Konstantin (1996-2010)

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Start of Phil Konstantin's December 2007 Newsletter - Part 1


I am just about to go off to the monthly meeting of the San Diego
Cherokee Community. We meet on a regular basis here in San Diego. It is
a pretty good group. There are similar groups in Los Angeles, Orange
County, Bakersfield, Riverside, Albuquerque and a few other places. You
can visit our website at:

If you are new to the newsletter, I have written two books on American
Indian History. They are: "This Day In North American Indian History"
and "Native American History For Dummies." I wrote all of the first
book, and 6 of the 24 chapters in the Dummies book. You can find out
more about them on my main website at:

I should have a "Part 2" to the newsletter in a week.



This month's Link of the Month is "Gallica - Bureau of
American ethnology (Washington, D.C.). Annual report of the
Bureau of American ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian
institution." This link is to a database of information kept
in France. You can see photocopies of the reports from 1881
(the 1st) through 1933. By clicking on the appropriate year,
you will be taken to the first page of that year's report.
Each report has information about a variety of American Indian
tribes, issues or studies. Some of the reports are only a few
pages long. Other run well over 500 pages. The data can range
from long discussions about religion to philosophy. Other
articles show pictures of Plains Indian sign languages. It
will take you a very long time to go through each of these
reports. Each report can be looked at as a treasure chest
waiting to be opened. With you find a few baubles, or a
King's ransom. You will just have to check each of them out
to see.

There is a bit of a trick to using the site. Some of the
instructions are in French. You should be able to figure
them out, though. All of the texts are in English.

Here is the link to this massive database of information:


The Treaty of the Month is TREATY WITH THE ONEIDA, ETC., 1794.
Dec. 2, 1794. | 7 Stat., 47. | Proclamation, Jan. 21, 1795.

It covers such issues as: $5,000 to be distributed for past
losses and services.
Mills to be erected by the United States.
Millers to be provided.
$1,000 given to build a church.
Indians relinquish further claims.

Here is a copy:


Some members of Congress are attempting to terminate the
existence of the Cherokee Nation as a federally recognized
Indian Nation. For more information regarding this
Termination bill as well as how to send a letter to Congress
to protest H.R. 2824, please check out the following locations:

Send a Letter to Congress (H.R. 2824 Info)

While you're at it don't forget to send us YOUR story!


As usual, this is posted FYI only. I do not necessarily
support these events or causes.
Use your own judgment before your do anything.


Public Comment and Discussion of Proposed Changes to NAGPRA
will be Managed by Online Teleconference: The teleconference
will be on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00
p.m. Eastern Standard Time, unless business is finished earlier.
The teleconference provides the Review Committee with an
opportunity to comment on the proposed rule regarding the
disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains
[43 CFR 10.11]. -
Ms Word Document


Greetings to our friends in Indian Country.

Currently there are thousands of Native Americans that have
been denied civil rights, human rights, voting rights and
elder care my some tribes that have succumbed to greed since
casinos have sprung up.

All tribes are not that way, but we are focusing on a few
prominent tribes.   Please take the time to look at two
websites:    and

Both these sites are loaded with information about what is
happening with expanded gaming. Luckily for Californians,
we are able to vote on the referenda.   Unfortunately,
Tribes such as the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, don't
think much of the right to vote.   They have taken that away
from hundreds of their own citizens.

Take a look at the sites.

R. Cuevas
Pechanga Member
Ancestor of Paulina Hunter


Subject: Gates Millennium Scholars 2008 Guidelines and Forms

I wanted to alert you to an important opportunity for our
youth. The Gates Millennium Scholars program, established
in 1999, was initially funded by a 1 billion dollar grant
from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of GMS
is to promote academic excellence and to provide an
opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial
need to reach their highest potential.

Please encourage outstanding students who have significant
financial need and leadership potential for the GMS program.
The program selects one thousand students per year as Gates
Millennium Scholars. The scholarship supports the costs of
attendance, and can be renewed each year during the Scholars
undergraduate program. The award is also renewable for
graduate study for those who choose one of the seven graduate
majors: public health, mathematics, science, computer science,
engineering, education, or library science.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship
if they:

    * Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific
Islander American or Hispanic American;
    * Are a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United
States ;
    * Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted);
    * Will be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as a
full-time, degree-seeking
    * freshman in the Fall of 2008;
    * Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in
community service, extracurricular or other activities; and
    * Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria -For more
information visit http://www.fafsa.ed.qov/;
    * Have completed and submitted all three required forms (Nominee
Personal Information Form, Nominator Form, and Recommender Form) by the

Nomination forms are available at http://www.gmsp.orq/.

The Deadlines for Submission of Nomination Materials are as

All paper applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2007.
All online applications must be submitted by January 11, 2008 11:59 p.m.

For information on additional scholarship opportunities
please visit our education portal at

Help LULAC ensure that deserving Latino students get the financial
assistance they need to go to college.


Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President


Subject: Scholarship Available

Dear Colleagues/Students/Friends:

Please share with any students that you think could use
another $1000. Applicants for the scholarship will have to
write an essay of less than a thousand words. Eligible
applicants include juniors and seniors in high school, as
well as undergraduate and graduate or professional students.
Details can be found at the company's website, which is listed
below. Best wishes.



Subject: A & F Scholarship renewed
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Renewed

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to announce
that the scholarship program will be continued for 2008.
In 2007 we had one winner from Arkansas and one from North
Carolina .

Please visit our website at to learn more
about this opportunity and then please advise your students
to do the same.

Thank you for your interest.
Grant Parker
Ass't Director of HR Services


Live Your Language Alliance (LYLA)
Invites you to join us in our 1st Annual Native Languages

Shut Up & Talk*: Gathering The Tools To Live Our Languages

March 17-19, 2008 @ Humboldt State University-Arcata, CA
More information, call to conference and call for presenters
available online after 12/01/07

* This theme was chosen not to offend but rather as an attempt
to challenge people to make a commitment to developing the
skills, knowledge and resources needed to preserve the
vitality of our Native languages and to speak them in our
daily lives.

O. Pierre Romero, Ph.D.
Council of American Indian Organizations of SD County


Class action lawsuit against the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for
discrimination against American Indian farmers and ranchers

Please spread the word.

The Court has ruled that this case may proceed as a class
action. Therefore, you are a member of the class and a
participant in this case if:

1. You are Native American and have been farming or ranching
at any time between 1981 and 1999 AND
2. You, or someone on your behalf, complained to the USDA, in
writing or orally, about discrimination in farm-loan programs
at any time between 1981 and 1999
3. You tried to obtain a loan or servicing of a loan from the
USDA at any time between 1981 and 1999.

See below for more information.

Keepseagle Race Discrimination

On November 24, 1999, thousands of Native American farmers and ranchers
brought a case against the USDA, alleging that they
have been systematically denied the same opportunities to
obtain farm loans and farm loan servicing that have been
routinely afforded white farmers. Plaintiffs further allege
that the USDA denied them the opportunity to obtain redress
for this discrimination by dismantling its civil rights office, thereby
refusing to accept or destroying scores of civil rights complaints made
by Native American farmers and ranchers.   
The complaint seeks both injunctive and monetary relief. In
2001, Judge Emmet Sullivan, District Judge for the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia, granted
Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, thus permitting
this case to proceed as a class action seeking remedies for
Native American farmers and ranchers who have experienced discrimination
at the hands of the USDA since 1981. The USDA petitioned the Court of
Appeals to review the district court’s decision. In October 2002, the
Court of Appeals issued an order denying review of the issues raised by
the USDA, leaving Judge Sullivan’s class certification order in place.

The USDA has repeatedly tried to derail this case and delay
a decision on the merits.   By the summer of 2004, Plaintiffs
were able to defeat the technical challenges raised by
Defendant. The discovery process began in July 2004 and is
scheduled to end in July 2005. Thus far, we have received
over 100,000 pages of documents from the USDA, including USDA
loan and debt servicing data that will assist our development
of statistical evidence in support of this case.

Foreclosures, Acceleration of Loans and Other USDA Debt
Collection Against Keepseagle Class Members: While the USDA
stalls this litigation and delays the day of judgment, it
is driving Native Americans from farming and ranching by
foreclosing upon the farms of the few Native Americans
initially granted loans but denied the same opportunities to renegotiate
the terms that are accorded to non-minorities.

If you have any information about these practices by the USDA
or you think you have been affected by the USDA's discrimination, please
call, toll-free, 1-888-822-0844. Leave a message with
your name, location, telephone number at which you can be
reached and the best times to reach you.


Online News:

Not Guilty Plea in Am. Indian Killing

Anadarko woman last fluent speaker of the Wichita language

Statement from Smithsonian's National Museum of the American
Indian on the Passing of Norval Morrisseau

Dartmouth fly-in program hosts prospective Native students

Native group joins new substance abuse program

College of William and Mary's logo sheds Indian feathers

Indian Athlete Hall of Fame begins with 7 inductees

Native children overrepresented in foster care, report finds

Indian teen meth use drops dramatically

Power Struggle to Control Ancient Bones (Kennewick Man)

Oregon Guardian of tribal culture wins Buffett Award

High Honor In Hoopa

How Pot Ring Exploited Indian Land

Natives should teach programs on Native studies

Hopi woman tackles task of preserving kachinas

Former stone metropolis now a historic landmark

A dysfunctional system lets serious reservation crimes go
unpunished and puts Indians at risk

Anthropologists lobby to retain Native Indian skeletons for study

Rejoicing in Genocide and White Supremacy

House passes legislation to designate a Native American
Heritage Day

Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Five Members to Native American
Heritage Commission

A History of Belief - A journey through New Mexico offers
glimpses of oldcreeds and insights into contemporary
spiritual quests

A solution that holds water

Glass beads discovery questions Spaniards colonization route in US

National Park Service Opens Virtual Visits Online

Sovereignty Matters

Anthropology series continues with 'An Ancient Cultural Melting Pot'


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This is FYI, I am not endorsing any of these sites:

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Humor, and interesting things not related to American Indians

Hang gliding is for sissies video! Amazing!!!


From Jeff Tempest:

When the Lord was creating cops, he was into his sixth day
of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a
lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order? A
peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys
in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector
wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform."

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a
stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the
neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day."

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running
on black coffee and half-eaten meals.
And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands...
no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's
the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket
before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he
already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.)
"Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners'
safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look
reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am,'
when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on
this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk
a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed
a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly,
"Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of
a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain,
investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street
in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the
legality of the stop ... and still it keeps its sense of
humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control.
He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a
confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's
family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement
isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the
cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced.
"I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for
commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American
flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.

Author Unknown


From Ed Clark:

The Zen of Sarcasm

01. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk
ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me
either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
02. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan
belt and leaky tire.
03. Its always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to
steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
04. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you
can't be promoted.
05. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
06. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
07. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a
couple of car payments.
08. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in
their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile
away and you have their shoes.
09. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not
for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him
how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
it was probably a wise investment.
12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half
and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a
dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your
lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don't get until just after
you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative
on the same night.


Also from Ed Clark:

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her
class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st
half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with
the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually
done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you.
While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders,
6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1. Don't change horses --- until they stop running.
2. Strike while the --- bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before --- Daylight Saving Time.
4. Never underestimate the power of --- termites.
5. You can lead a horse to water but --- How?
6. Don't bite the hand that --- looks dirty.
7. No news is --- impossible
8. A miss is as good as a --- Mr.
9. You can't teach an old dog new --- Math
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll --- stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust --- Me.
12. The pen is mightier than the --- pigs.
13. An idle mind is --- the best way to relax .
14. Where there's smoke there's --- pollution.
15. Happy the bride who --- gets all the presents.
16. A penny saved is --- not much.
17. Two's company, three's --- the Musketeers.
18. Don't put off till tomorrow what --- you put on to go to bed.
19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and ---
You have to blow your nose.
20. There are none so blind as --- Stevie Wonder.
21. Children should be seen and not --- spanked or grounded.
22. If at first you don't succeed --- get new batteries.
23. You get out of something only what you --- See in the
picture on the box
24. When the blind lead the blind --- get out of the way.
25. A bird in the hand --- is going to poop on you.

And the WINNER and last one!    

26. Better late than --- Pegnant


From Andre Cramblit:

25 Reasons You Know You Grew Up On The Rez...

25. Two Words: Commod Bod.
24. When somebody falls down, you laugh first, and then ask
if they're okay.
23. You know people by their nicknames, and forget their
"real" names.
22. By the age of 13 you’re an expert at driving where as other children
off rez at the age of 15 are learning how to back out
of a 12 foot drive way.
21. When listening to the scanner you can usually look out your
window to see the action.
20. There is at least one car parked in your yard, missing parts, maybe
a door, probably sitting on blocks... Yah your gonna get
her running one of these days, damn that's a good car!! But
for now it sure is good for helping mom’s bread dough rise.
19. Most injuries can be fixed at home, going to the clinic
is torture in its self and if you go to the clinic all yer
cousins will know what’s wrong with ya before you get home.
18. You at some point have cried while watching Smoke Signals,
Pow-Wow Highway or Skins or laughed, or shook yer head at the
self-perpetuated stereotypes.
17. Most of the knowledge you've gained about the world abroad
comes from the discovery channel.
16. Your trusted pup is a mutt mix who has never seen a leash
but has been eyed for a snack, has one leg gone, a broken tail,
is blind in one eye, had a ear ripped off in a fight and
responds to the name Lucky.
15. Someone near your home if not you has their house painted
in some type of easter egg coloring cause HUD gotta great deal
on the paint.
14. The local mechanic's garage is his yard under the tree and
he makes you bring parts from town.
13. Your trained in the fine art of wiring vehicles, and
opening door locks or getting yer trunk to close even though
it only has a hole where the lock was.
12. An essential thing to have in your house is super glue,
duct tape, or wd40 as they can fix anything.
11. Some of the most heated debates is which one of your
aunties makes the best fry bread.
10. A true delicacy is deer meat soup, and some acorns, maybe
with some salmon.
9. You have never been to a salon to have your haircut; it’s
either the bathroom or the back porch.
8. Such a small community, your on a first name basis with
the entire police force.
7. You have your own dialect and can usually tell what rez
another native is from by their speech and features or if
they point with their lips or chin.
6. Out of all the cheeses you've sampled there is only one
that you really like, heh, heh, you know what I’m talkin about,
and it's only available on yep, "the rez". And you remember
when it came out it was so funky it wouldn’t even melt in the microwave.
5. You point with your chin, or your lips, instead of your
hands. If you wave at some one driving by it is a head nod
if they are an acquaintance or a raised finger off the
steering wheel if they are related or a friend.
4. Your car has at one point in time been held together by
some type of adhesive, duct tape, crazy glue, some wire, or
bubble yum
3. When you go to town for groceries, half the rez is in town too.
2. You have tried to use one of the following excuses for a
hickey: it's a rug burn, an allergic reaction, medicineman
sucked out some bad spirits, you fell, you were pinched, a
hair curler burn, ...
1. Your third cousin is just as close to you as one of your
brothers or sisters.


From my daughter Sarah:

Texas the FUN state!!

List of actual places to travel in Texas ...

Need to be cheered up?
        Happy, Texas 79042
        Pep , Texas 79353
        Smiley , Texas 78159
        Paradise , Texas 76073
        Rainbow , Texas 76077
        Sweet Home , Texas 77987
        Comfort , Texas 78013
        Friendship, Texas 76530
Love the Sun?
        Sun City , Texas 78628
        Sunrise , Texas 76661
        Sunset, Texas 76270
        Sundown, Texas 79372
        Sunray , Texas 79086
        Sunny Side , Texas 77423 < /SPAN>
Want something to eat?
        Bacon , Texas 76301
        Noodle , Texas 79536
        Oatmeal , Texas 78605
        Turkey , Texas 79261
        Trout , Texas 75789
        Sugar Land , Texas 77479
        Salty, Texas 76567
        Rice , Texas 75155
        And top it off with:
        Sweetwater , Texas 79556
        Orange, Texas
Why travel to other cities? Texas has them ALL!
        Detroit , Texas 75436
        Colorado City , Texas 79512
        Denver City , Texas 79323
        Nevada , Texas 75173
        Memphis , Texas 79245
        Miami , Texas 79059
        Boston , Texas 75570
        Santa Fe , Texas 77517
        Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861
        Reno , Texas 75462
Feel like traveling outside the country?
        Athens , Texas 75751
        Canadian , Texas 79014
        China , Texas 77613
        Egypt , Texas 77436
        Turkey , Texas 79261
        London , Texas 76854
        New London , Texas 75682 Pari s , Texas 75460
No need to travel to Washington D.C.
        Whitehouse , Texas 75791
We even have a city named after our planet!
        Earth , Texas 79031

And a city named after our State!
       Texas City , Texas 77590

        Energy , Texas 76452

        Blanket , Texas 76432
        Winters, Texas
        Poolville, Texas 76487
        Cool, Texas ( Parker County )
Like to read about History?
        Santa Anna , Texas
        Goliad , Texas
        Alamo, Texas
        Gun Barrel City , Texas

Need Office Supplies?
        Staples , Texas 78670

Men are from Mars, women are from
        Venus , Texas 76084
You guessed it... it's on the state line...
        Texarkana, Texas
       Texhoma, Texas
        Texico, Texas
        Texline , Texas 79087
For the kids..
        Kermit , Texas 79745
        Elmo , Texas 75118
        Nemo , Texas 76070
        Tarzan , Texas 79783
        Winnie , Texas 77665
        Sylvester , Texas 79560
Other city names in Texas , to make you smile..... : :))
        Frognot , Texas 75424
        Bigfoot , Texas 78005
        Hogeye , Texas 75423
        Cactus , Texas 79013
        Notrees , Texas 79759
        Plainview , Texas 79072
        Best, Texas 76932
        Veribest , Texas 76886
        Kickapoo , Texas 75763
        Dime Box, Texas
        Telephone , Texas 75488
        Telegraph , Texas 76883
        Whiteface , Texas 79379
        Twitty, Texas 79079
And last but not least. The Anti-Al Gore City
        Kilgore , Texas 75662
Whoops, left out :
        Cut n shoot,
        Hoop And Holler,
        Ding Dong,

and don't forget......
        Farewell , Texas
And, of course, there is a place in Texas that is......
        KNOTT , TEXAS


From my brother Milton:

Vodka: Who Knew???
1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with
vodka. The solvent dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a
trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set
five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills
mold and mildew.
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft,
clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans
the glass and kills germs.
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and
letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after
shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, and then
blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an
astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The
alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and
stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and
spray bees or wasps to kill them.
9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziploc
freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for
aches, pain or black eyes.
10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed
lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid
tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain the liquid
through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches
and pains.
11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your
chest and back as a liniment.
12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
13 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove
the urushiol oil from your skin.
15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums
to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

And silly me ... I've only been drinking the


Also from Milton:

Air Force Test This will drive you nuts!! Have fun!

The object of the game is to move the red block around without
getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls.

If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal. It's
been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots.
They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes.

Give it a try but be is addictive!!

Air Force Test -


Here are some random historical events for December:

December 1, 524: Palenque Maya Lord Chaacal I dies according
to the museum at Palenque.

See my photos of Palenque online at:

December 2, 1794: A treaty (7 stat. 47) is concluded with the
Oneida, Tuscarora, and Stockbridge Indians, at Oneida, New
York. The treaty is a gesture of thanks for the tribes help
during the Revolutionary war. They receive $5000 for damages
suffered during the war. Grist and saw mills are built, and
salary for their workers are provided for three years. They
receive $1000 to build a church. No further claims are made
by the tribes. The treaty is signed by Thomas Pickering for
the United States, and by eleven Indians.

December 3, 1598: Juan de Zaldivar "discovers" the Acoma.

December 4, 1833: Twenty-one Chickasaw Chiefs arrive at Fort
Towson, in eastern Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma).
They assess the lands the United States wants them to move
to when they are removed from Alabama. Meeting with local
Choctaws about buying land from them proves to be unfruitful.

December 5, 1855: The Columbia River volunteers, under Nathan
Olney, are near Fort Walla Walla, in southeastern Washington,
when they encounter Pio-pio-mox-mox's (Yellow Serpent) band of
WallaWallas. Pio has looted the Hudson Bay Company's Fort Walla
Walla, but he has always been neutral or helped the Americans
in the past. He advanced under a flag of truce and wanted to
return the booty. But an agreement cannot be reached. Pio
refuses to fight, and Olney's men take Pio, and four others, prisoners.

December 6, 1866: Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Yellow Eagle, and
High Back Bone, and their followers, have been harassing
Colonel Henry Carrington's troops from Fort Phil Kearny, in
northern Wyoming. They stage several raids and ambushes along
the road from the fort to the nearby woods. Colonel Carrington
leads his troops in some of the fighting. Several soldiers
are killed in the fighting. Carrington is called "Little White
Chief" by the Indians. This skirmish sets the stage for the
"Fetterman Massacre" on December 21, 1866.

See my photos of the area online at:

December 7, 1868: Sheridan and Custer leave Camp Supply
(Oklahoma) leading 1,600 soldiers and 300 supply wagons. They
are en route to Fort Cobb. It is primarily meant as a show of
force to the local Indians. It proves the army can march during
the winter months.

December 8, 1818: Secretary of War John C. Calhoun presents
a report to the House of Representatives. Among the report’s
proposals are: tribes should no longer be treated as sovereign nations;
Indians should be saved from extinction; and Indians
should be taught the correctness of the concept of land ownership.

December 9, 1861: Colonel Douglas Cooper, again encounters the pro-Union
Creeks and Seminoles, under Chief Opothleyahola, in
a battle on Bird Creek, north of Tulsa. Many of his Cherokee
troops, under John Drew, defect and join the pro-Union forces.
Cooper withdraws to Fort Gibson. This is often called the
"Battle of Chusto-Talasah," or the "Battle of Caving Banks."

December 10, 1850: Federal agents sign a treaty with the Lipan
Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Quapaw, Tawakoni and Waco Indians
near the San Sabá River in Texas.   

December 11, 1833: Captain Page, and almost 700 Choctaws,
reach their destination at Fort Towson, in eastern Indian
Territory (present day Oklahoma). The others in the group
have split off and gone to Fort Smith.

December 12, 1531: According to most sources, Juan Diego
(Cuauhtlatoatzin), a Nahua, sees the apparition of the Virgin
Mary on a hill called Tepeyacac in Mexico again. He first saw
her on December 9th. According to Juan Diego, the Virgin Mary instructs
him to carry some roses in his macehualli (a cloak)
to the local Bishop as proof of her appearance. When the
macehualli is opened before the Bishop, an image of the Virgin
Mary appears on the cloak among the rose petals. The macehualli
is still on display in the church (Our Lady of Guadalupe) built
to honor the event.

You can see a copy of my photo of it on this page:

December 13, 1640: A deed for Indian land is signed in New
England. It says, "It is agreed that the Indians above named
shall have liberty to break up ground for their use to the
westward of the creek on the west side of Shinecock plaine."
In town meeting, 1641: "It is agreed that any person that hath
lotts up on Shinecocke playne in which there are any Indian
Barnes or wells lying shall fill them up."

December 14, 1763: A band of almost five dozen frontiersmen,
called "the Paxton Boys," attack a peaceful Susquehanna Indian
village in Conestoga, Pennsylvania. They kill eight of the
twenty-two inhabitants in this unprovoked raid. "The Boys"
continue their rampage during the next two weeks.

December 15, 1890: Sitting Bull is killed while being arrested
at Fort Yates, South Dakota by Eighth Cavalry soldiers and
Indian police, near Standing Rock on the Grand River in Montana..
Thirty-nine police officers and four volunteers were assembled
to arrest Sitting Bull. Before it was all done, over 100 of
Sitting Bull’s supporters arrived at the scene. Several people
are injured or killed in the subsequent fighting. According
to army documents, four soldiers and eight Indians are killed.
Three soldiers are wounded. Later this week, the editor of the "Aberdeen
Saturday Pioneer," writes a editorial about Sitting
Bull. One of the passages is as follows: "The proud spirit of
the original owners of these vast prairies inherited through
centuries of fierce and bloody wars for their possession,
lingered last in the bosom of Sitting Bull. With his fall the
nobility of the Redskin is extinguished, and what few are left
are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them.
The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization,
are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of
the frontier settlements will be secured by the total
annihilation of the few remaining Indians." The author of this editorial
is L. Frank Baum, best known as the author of "The
Wizard of Oz."

December 16, 1811: The New Madrid earthquake takes place on
the Mississippi River around 2:30 am. Many tribes tell tales
of this event for generations. Many people say that Tecumseh
predicted this earthquake.

December 17, 1890: Sitting Bull and the police killed during
his arrest are buried with honor. Today, members of the
Hunkpapa Sioux arrive at Big Foot's camp of Minneconjou Sioux
seeking refuge. However, today will also see the issuing of
an arrest warrant for Big Foot, himself, for his part as a
"trouble maker" in the ghost dance religion.

See photos of Sitting Bull's 2 burial sites:

December 18, 1892: Congress approve a monthly pension of thirty dollars
for Lemhi Chief Tendoy.

December 19, 1980: Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) is officially
designated as the "Chaco Culture National Historic Park." It
is the home of many Anazasi ruins.

December 20, 1812: Sacajawea dies at Fort Manuel, South Dakota,
according to some sources.

December 21, 1866: Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Yellow Eagle, and
High Back Bone, and their followers, have been harassing
Colonel Henry Carrington's Second Cavalry and Twenty-seventh
Infantry troops from Fort Phil Kearny, in northern Wyoming.
They stage several raids and ambushes along the road from the
fort to the nearby woods. Captain William J. Fetterman had
once said. "a company of regulars could whip a thousand, and
a regiment could whip the whole array of hostile tribes." A
convoy of wagons carrying wood leaves the fort. It is attacked
by a decoy group of Indians. Following up on his claim that
he "could ride through the Sioux Nation" with just eighty men, Fetterman
pursues the decoying Indians away from the fort.
Here the Indians’ trap is sprung. Fetterman’s entire force
of three officers, forty-seven infantry, twenty-seven cavalry
and two civilians are killed in the fighting. The soldiers
call this the "Fetterman Massacre." The Indians call it the
"Battle of the Hundred Killed."

See my photos of the area online at:

December 22, 1898: President McKinley, by Executive Order
establishes the Hualapai Indian School Reserve for the
purpose of educating the Hualapai Indians in Arizona Territory.
The reserve is in section 10, township 23 north, range 13 west.

December 23, 1855: White volunteers surround a "friendly" Rogue
River Indian village they had visited the day before. The village
is mostly unarmed. The whites attack, and nineteen Indian men
are killed. The women and children are driven into the cold.
The survivors arrive at Fort Lane, in southwestern Oregon, with
severe frostbite, and frozen limbs.

December 24, 2012: One interpretation of the Maya calendar
predicts today will be the end of world or the present creation.

December 25, 1839: After the defeat at the Battle of the Neches
on July 16, 1839, Cherokees under Chief "The Egg" attempts to
escape to Mexico. They make it as far as the Colorado River,
before they meet resistance. Colonel Edward Burleson leading
Texan and Tonkawa forces engage them in a fight. Seven Cherokee warriors
are killed, and twenty-four women and children are
captured. Among the dead is The Egg.

December 26, 1862: The thirty-eight Santee Sioux condemned
for their actions in the "Santee Uprising" are hanged at
Mankato, Minnesota. This is the largest mass hanging in
American History.

December 27, 1875: President Grant, by Executive Order,
establishes reservations for the Portrero, Cahuila, Capitan
Grande, Santa Ysabel, Pala, Agua Caliente, Sycuan, Inasa,
and Cosmit Mission Indians primarily in San Diego County,
California. This order is modified on: May 3, 1877;
August 25, 1877; September 29, 1877; January 17, 1880;
March 2, 1881; March 9, 1881; June 27, 1882; July 24, 1882;
February 5, 1883; June 19, 1883; January 25, 1886;
March 22, 1886; January 29, 1887; March 14, 1887; and
May 6, 1889.    

1952: Phil Konstantin, author of these pages and a member
of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is born. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

December 28, 1520: According to some sources, Hernán Cortés and
his army start their second excursion to Tenochtitlán (modern
Mexico City) from Tlascala, Mexico. This time they have made
and bring a group of small boats to use on the lake surrounding
the city.

December 29, 1890: The Wounded Knee Battle or Massacre (depending
on which version you read) takes place. According to army
records, one officer (Captain G.D. Wallace), twenty-four
soldiers (including Captain G.D. Wallace), and 128 Indians
are killed. Thirty-five soldiers, and thirty-three Idians
are wounded in the fighting.The army will give Congressional
Medals of Honor to the following soldiers: Sergeant William
G. Austin, for "using every effort to dislodge the enemy";
Company E musician John E. Clancy: "twice voluntarily rescued
wounded comrades under fire of the enemy"; Private Mosheim
Feaster, Company E, for "extraordinary gallantry"; First
Lieutenant Ernest A. Garlington for "distinguished gallantry";
First Lieutenant John C. Gresham for leading an attack into
a ravine; Sergeant Richard P. Hanley, Company C, for
recovering a pack mule loaded with ammunition, while under
heavy fire; Private Joshija B. Hartzog, Company E, First
Artillery, for rescuing his wounded commander while under
heavy fire; Second Lieutenant Harry L. Hawthorne, Second
Artillery, for distinguished conduct; Private Marvin C.
Hillock, Company B, for distinguished bravery; Private George
Hobday, Company A, for conspicuous and gallant conduct;
Sergeant George Loyd, Company I, for bravery, especially
after being severely wounded through the lung; Sergeant
Albert McMillian, Company E, for leading by example;
Private Thomas Sullivan, Company E, for conspicuous bravery;
First Sergeant Frederick Toy, Company C, for bravery; First
Sergeant Jacob Trautman, Company I, for "killing a hostile
Indian at close quarters" and remaining with the troops even
though he was entitled to retire; Sergeant James Ward,
Company B, for fighting after being severely wounded;
Corporal Paul Weinert, Company E, for assuming command of
his artillery piece when his officer was wounded; and
Private Hermann Ziegner, Company E, for conspicuous bravery.

See my photos of the area online at:

December 30, 1950: A Constitution and By-Laws for the Eskimos
of the Native Village of Buckland, Alaska is ratified by a
vote of 17 to 13

December 31, 1590: Spaniard Gaspar Castaño de Sosa is exploring
the area of what is now New Mexico. A few days ago, several men
in his group have a fight with some of the residents of the
Pecos Pueblo. Sosa’s main body reaches the pueblo. There is a
brief fight, and Sosa takes some of the Indians captive. Sosa
would later return to the pueblo and get a better reception.


That's it for now.

Have a great month.

Phil Konstantin

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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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