Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
August 26, 2000 - Issue 17

This Date In North American Indian History
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Aug. 27, 1735: According to some sources, a peace agreement is reached today between representatives of the British in Massachusetts Colony and the "IROQUOIS of Canada."
Aug. 28, 1565:
Today, leading an expedition of 1,500 soldiers and colonists, Pedro Menendez de Aviles lands on the coast of Florida. His mission is to defeat the Protestants in the area, and to claim the land for Spain. Next month he will establish the town of St.Augustine.
Aug. 29, 1758: The First State Indian reservation, in New Jersey, is established today.
Aug. 30, 1858: Oshkosh was a MENOMINEE Chief. During his lifetime he fought in many conflicts including for the British in the war of 1812, and for the Americans in Black Hawk's War. He was appointed as the Chief of the MENOMINEEs by Lewis Cass during the negotiations of the Treaty of Butte des Morts. After surviving battles with the Europeans and other Indians, He was killed during a fight on this date.

Chief Oshkosh

Aug. 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.

Sept. 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.
Sept. 2, 1844: Tonight in Wilmington Delaware, CHEROKEE Pricipal Chief John Ross will get married to Mary B. Stapler.
Sept. 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.
Sept. 4, 1886: Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson Miles at Skelton Canyon south of Apache Pass.


Sept. 5, 1862: Today, Little Crow hears news of Big Eagle and Mankato's battle with Col.Henry "Long Trader" Sibley's troops at Birch Coulee. They have managed to bottle up the troops for an entire day, only cannon being brought up will end the fighting on the second day.
Sept. 6, 1973: The Oklahoma Human Rights Commission requests state schools drop rules requiring Indian students to cut their long hair. They felt the rules would "promote racial friction and community divisiveness."
Sept. 7, 1968: The Indian Council Fire awards this year's Indian Achievement Award to Rev.Dr.Roe B.Lewis, of Phoenix, Arizona. Lewis, a PIMA-PAPAGO, is cited for his efforts in educational counseling for Indians.
Sept. 8, 1883: Today in Bismarck, Dakota, the Northern Pacific Railroad is celebrating the completion of their transcontinental railroad line. They invite Sitting Bull to make a speech to welcome the dignitaries at the celebration, as a representative of the Indians. Sitting Bull, speaking through an interpreter, instead says that the whites are liars and thieves, and he hates all of them, while smiling throughout the entire speech. The shocked interpreter, a young Army officer, delivers the planned speech, instead of Sitting Bull's real words. Sitting Bull is a great success, and receives a standing ovation. Railroad officials will ask Sitting Bull to make additional speeches elsewhere based on his reception today.
Sept. 9, 1989: Today, the CHEROKEE Tribal Council makes a change in the official tribal flag. A seven-pointed black star is added to the upper right corner as a reminder of the CHEROKEEs who lost their lives on the "Trail of Tears."


Sept. 10, 1791: Start of forts in the Ohio Valley.
Sept. 11, 1609: Explorer Henry Hudson arrives at THE "Hudson" River.

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