Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

November 4, 2000 - Issue 22

This Date In North American Indian History
from On This Date in North American Indian History at

Nov. 4, 1968: The Post Office will issue a Chief Joseph stamp today.

Nov. 5, 1862: The SANTEE SIOUX are sentenced today.
Nov. 6, 1792: Washington will talk about Indians in his fourth address to Congress.
Nov. 7, 1811: Today, the "Battle of Tippecanoe" will be fought at the juncture of the Tippecanoe, and the Wabash Rivers. Tecumseh's Brother Tenskwatawa, the Prophet, had established a village here, called Prophetstown. The village was designed a place where Indians could return to their natural ways before the coming of the Europeans. At any given time, nearly a 1,000 DELAWARE, KICKAPOO, OJIBWA, OTTAWA, SHAWNEE and WYANDOT Indians lived in the village. General William Henry Harrison, and 1000 soldiers approached the village when they knew Tecumseh was away. The Prophet arranged for a peace conference to be held today. Just before dawn, predicting an easy victory because of his "strong medicine", Tenskwatawa led his followers in an attack on Harrison's camp. Alerted by sentries, the American forces fought back. When the easy victory failed to materialize, and the American bullets did not dissipate in the wind, the Indians lost heart, and were beat back. The Prophet would lose face, and Harrison would destroy his town the next day.


Nov. 8, 1978: The Indian Child Welfare Act takes place today.
Nov. 9, 1875: Indian Bureau Inspector E.T.Watkins reports today to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, that the plains Indians who live off the reservation are well fed, well armed, and a threat to the reservation system. He recommends an immediate expedition against them.
Nov. 10, 1997: Annie Dodge Wauneka died today at the age of 87. Wauneka became the Navajo Nation's first female legislator (Tribal Council) in 1951. She also traveled throughout the Nation as a health eduacator. Among her many honors was to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson in 1963.

Annie Dodge Wauneka

Nov. 11, 1975: Canadian Federal, Provincial, and Native Governments reach an agreement today on the administration of native matters in Quebec Province. The natives will be able to exert considerable control over local affairs. They will control their schools, their lands, receive monies to go toward compensation, to support hunting, and game conservation.
Nov. 12, 1825: Today, the CHEROKEE Legislative Council will vote to establish a new capital at the confluence of the Coosawattee and Conasauga rivers. The new town would be called New Echota, Georgia. The town was located roughly in the center of the Nation, making it easier for all members to come to the capitol if the need, or desire, arose.
Nov. 13, 1833: Just before sunrise, there is a phenomenal meteor shower, which will be seen all over North America. This event will be recorded on KIOWA picture calendars as the most significant event of the year.

Nov. 14, 1805: Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific.
Nov. 15, 1944: The National Congress of American Indians holds its' first meeting, and is established, today. The NCAI established to "enlighten the public toward a better understanding of the Indian race, to preserve Indian cultural values, to seek an equitable adjustment of tribal affairs, to secure and to preserve Indian rights under Indian treaties with the United States, and otherwise promote the common welfare of the American Indians. Judge Napoleon Johnson (CHEROKEE) is elected at the organization's first President. Visit their website at NCAI (
Nov. 16, 1990: The Native American Grave Protection Act (NAGPRA) takes place. View this law at: NAGPRA (
Nov. 17, 1764: Pontiac's Army surrenders at the Muskingham River.

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