Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
May 6, 2000 - Issue 09

This Date in History
Adapted by Vicki Lockard from This Date in History

May 6, 1626: Purchase of Manhattan: the SHINNECOCK or CANARSEE Indians, according to which source you believe, sell it to Peter Minuit.
May 7, 1851: Yesterday, the CHEROKEE Nation opened a seminary (high school) for men. Today, they will open a seminary for females, north of Park Hill on the Cherokee Reservation in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Some of the required courses will include: algebra, arithmatic, botany, geography, grammar, latin and vocal music.
May 8, 1541: Today, de Doto's expedition will come upon the Mississippi River near the Indian village of Quizquiz, in north-western Mississippi.
May 9, 1835: Today through the 12th, events in the Second Riel Rebellion take place in Canada.

Oowatie (Stand Watie)

May 10, 1864: Today, CHEROKEE Stand Watie is promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. He will be the first Indian to reach that rank. He will also be the last Confederate General to surrender at the end of the Civil War.
May 11, 1792: Gray "discovers" the Columbia river
May 12, 1838: S.T.Cross, and 177 CHOCTAWs, arrive in eastern Indian Territory, at Choctaw Landing, near Fort Coffee. Many of the CHOCTAWs are sick, lame, or old.
May 14, 1916: The Society of American Indians established today as "Indian Day" to recognize, honor, and improve Indians' conditions.

"Elk Medicine Helpers' Lodge by Kevin Red Star

May 13, 1971: San Carlos Reservation community radio station "SCCR" is dedicated today. It will be advertized as the first radio station on an American Indian reservation
May 15, 1679: Fleeing before advancing IROQUOIS, first the HURONs, the Jesuits abandon the mission at Sainte-Marie, Canada. The Jesuits will burn the mission before they leave.
May 16, 1864: After the treaty at Fort Wise, the CHEYENNE thought they would be able to hunt in their old hunting grounds, if they lived in an area bounded by the Arkansas River and Sand Creek. What they were told was in the treaty, and what was really in it, was considerably different. While on a routine hunting trip near Ask Creek, Black Kettle, Lean Bear, and others hear of a group of soldiers approaching their camp. Lean Bear, and a small party, ride out to see the soldiers. Lean Bear had visited Washington the year before, and he had been presented medals and certificates stating he was a "good Indian". Carrying his credentials, Lean Bear rode his horse toward the Army. When he was about 100 feet from the soldiers, they open fired. Bear was killed. The soldiers then directed their fire on Lean Bear's party. The Indians fought back. As more Indians rode in from the camp, the Army opened fire with grapeshot from their cannons. Black Kettle responded to the scene and he extolled the Indians to stop fighting. Eventually the Indians stopped shooting and the soldiers retreated. The Army unit was headed by Lt.George Eayre, who was in Col. Chivington's (Sand Creek massacre) command. The Army was composed of Colorado volunteers, the battle was in Kansas, out of their jurisdiction.

May 17, 1836: The Senate ratifies the illegal CHEROKEE removal treaty
May 18, 1895: Today, the "surplus lands" of the KICKAPOO Indians in Indian Territory are opened to the public in another land rush. These prime lands were secured from the KICKAPOOs by forgeries, and deceit, in an agreement forced on the KICKAPOOs on September 9, 1891.
May 19, 1836: Several hundred COMANCHE warriors, under a flag of truce, approach the fort built by the Parker brothers on the Navasota River, near present day Navasota, Texas. They demand a cow. The settlers refuse, and the COMANCHEs storm the fort. Seven settlers are killed. Two children, Cynthia Ann, and John Parker, are kidnapped. John would, one day, leave the tribe as an adult. Cynthia would marry a COMANCHE Chief, Peta Nacona, and have 2 sons, Pecos and Quanah, and 1 daughter, Prairie Flower. Cynthia would eventually be rescued, against her will on December 18, 1860. Quanah Parker would become a COMANCHE War Chief.

Quanah Parker

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