Canku Ota


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AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 10, 2001 - Issue 29



This Date In


North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at

Feb. 10, 1982: Today, the first Indian is appointed Director of the Indian Health Service.
Feb. 11, 1978: The "longest walk" takes place today to protest Indian treatment.

Native Delegates approaching UN Headquarters, Geneva

Feb. 12, 1974: Native fishing rights are upheld in court today.
Feb. 13, 1942: Fishing rights of Alaska Indians are addressed in court.
Feb. 14, 1756: The first Spanish arrive at what would eventually become Needles, California today.
Feb. 15, 1831: Today the United States Senate would pass a resolution asking President Jackson if he was going to live up to the Indian Trade and Intercourse Act passed on March 30, 1802. If he was not going to live up to this law, they wanted to know why. He would respond a week later.
Feb. 16, 1863: An Act (12 stat.l.652) today states that all treaties between the United States and the "SISSETON, WAHPATON, MEDAWAKANTON, and WAHPAKOOTA BANDS of SIOUX of Dakota are aborgated and annulled" as far as occupancy or obligations in Minnesota are concerned.
Feb. 17, 1909: Geronimo (Goyathlay) dies at Ft.Sill, Oklahoma.

1908 Portrait of Goyathlay

Feb. 18, 1837: General Ellis Wool, has been assigned the task of preventing the CHEROKEEs from revolting after the passage of the New Echota Treaty on December 29, 1835. General Wool will try to get the CHEROKEEs to acquiesce to the treaty, but to no avail. Today he will report that opposition to the treaty is so prevalent, that starving CHEROKEEs will not take help from the government for fear that would imply their consent to the treaty.
Feb. 19, 1968: Robert Kennedy is serving as Chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Indian education. Today at a hearing in Twin Oaks, Oklahoma, Kennedy states the opinion that cultural differences are a national resource, not a burden.
Feb. 20, 1805: Kagohami talks of a 120 year old man to Lewis and Clark.
Feb. 21, 1911: Today, COMANCHE Chief Quanah Parker dies. He will eventually be buried at Fort Sill, in south-central Oklahoma. His headstone reads, "resting here until day breaks and darkness disappears is Quanah Parker, the last Chief of the COMANCHEs. Died Feb.21,1911, age 64 years."

Quanah Parker

Feb. 22, 1831: The state of Georgia has seized CHEROKEE lands in that state. CHEROKEE leaders have complained to many Federal government officials. On February 15th, the United States Senate officially asked President Andrew Jackson if he was going to live up to the Indian Trade and Intercourse Act passed in March, 1802. Today, President Jackson will respond to the Senate's inquiry. Unequivocally, Jackson states that he sides with the State of Georgia, and he will not enforce any law giving precedence to the CHEROKEEs over Georgia.
Feb. 23, 1945: Ira Hayes participates in the flag raising on Iwo Jima.

The Real Ira Hayes by Urshel Taylor

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