Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
June 3, 2000 - Issue 11

This Date In North American Indian History
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June 3, 1539: Having been in Florida for only a few days, today, Hernando de Soto formally claims Florida for the King of Spain.
June 4, 1763: Today, CHIPPEWA Indians will come to Fort Michilimackinac on the straits between upper and lower Michigan. They invite the British soldiers out to watch them play a game of ball with the SACs. The soldiers leave the fort to watch the festivities. They leave the gates to the fort open, and several Indian women enter the fort. When most of the soldiers are watching the ball game, the CHIPPEWAs attack. The CHIPPEWAs will kill over half of the 35 soldiers, but will not bother any of the French traders at the fort.

Lacrosse Game

June 5, 1866: This day will start the formal treaty conference at Fort Laramie in southeastern Wyoming. Leaders from many tribes and bands will be present. The purpose of the treaty will be to allow passageway for trails, roads, and railroad lines across indian lands. The meeting will be postponed for almost a week, at Red Cloud's request, to allow for the arrival of additional Indians.
June 6, 1962: Leo Johnson of Oklahoma becomes the first American Indian to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy.
June 7, 1866: Chief Seattle dies.

Chief Seattle

June 8, 1871: When confronted at Fort Sill, in south-central Indian Territory, about knowing anything about the attack on the wagons loaded with corn on May 15th on the Butterfield trail, Satanta said he was the leader of the raid. Satanta tells the agent that Santak, Big Tree, and others were with him. General Sherman places the 3 Indians under arrest and handcuffed. While being transported back to Fort Richardson in north-central Texas, Satank manages to work free from his handcuffs. He then attacks a guard with a hidden knife. Satank grabs a rifle from another guard, but he is shot and killed by the remaining soldiers. His body will be thrown in a ditch, and the group will continue to Texas.
June 9, 1870: Ely Parker (Donehogawa) commissioner of Indian affairs invited Red Cloud, and several other SIOUX to visit him, and the great father, in Washington. On this date, Red Cloud meets President Ulysses Grant. Red Cloud tells Grant the SIOUX do not want a reservation on the Missouri River. Red Cloud also talks about some of the promises made about the treaty which were never included. They have a cordial meeting, but Grant knows that the difference between the items promised, and the items actually in the treaty will be grounds for contention in the future. He suggests the Indians be read the treaty in its entirety soon.
June 10, 1859: Comstock Lode discovered

June 11, 1883: Floods along the Canadian, and Arkansas rivers, in Indian territory, wash most of the CHOCTAW's supplies, crops, food, livestock, and homes away. The flood's high water mark is higher than anyone's recollection of previous floods. The previous winter was the coldest in anyone's memory. All of this will add to the CHOCTAW's difficulties in adapting to their new lands.
June 12, 1991: San Carlos APACHE begin to fight the placement of an observatory on Mt. Graham

Mt. Graham Observatory

June 13, 1961: At the American Indian conference in Chicago who's theme is "What Indians Want," a declaration of Indian purpose is adopted
June 14, 1671: French claim most of America
June 15, 1799: Handsome Lake has vision
June 16, 1942: ALEUTs are forced to leave islands in Alaska today


June 17, 1996: A class action suit representing 300,000 American Indians is filed in Federal Court today against the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the United States Treasury, and the Department of the Interior. The suit alleges the BIA has mishandled $450 million dollars in revenues from mineral leases on lands held in trust for Indians. The suit further alleges that no accurate records were kept of the monies collected, and funds were illegally diverted to other projects.

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