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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


September 22, 2001 - Issue 45


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This Date In


North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at

Sept. 22, 1784: Today, will mark the first "run-in" between a Russian settlement in Alaska and the local inhabitants.

Sept. 23, 1839: The CHEROKEE Nation's Supreme Court is established today.

Sept. 24, 1862: After realizing the futility of continuing to fight Col. Sibley's troops, Little Wolf decides to speak to his SANTEE SIOUX followers. Little Wolf cannot understand how they lost yesterday's battle. He still believes the SIOUX are brave, and the soldiers are weak. He feels betrayed. Today, he, and Shakopee, Medicine Bottle, and their followers will leave to travel west.

Sept. 25, 1975: First Indian prayer in the United States Senate.

Sept. 26, 1876: The Black Hills treaty is signed at Red Cloud Agency today.

Sept. 27, 1833: Today the CREEKs are in council at Wetumpka, Alabama (north of modern Montgomery). They draft a resolution to Secretary of War Lewis Cass stating that not only have the whites not been removed from their lands, but many more have moved in. State courts have defied Federal laws, and have ruled in favor of the local white intruders

Sept. 28, 1841: Aagaunash (Billy Caldwell) was born the son of an Indian mother and a British Officer. He lived with Indians most of his life, and would eventually become a POTAWATOMI Chief. He served as Tecumseh's secretary, and as a liaison to the British until the end of the War of 1812. He fought for the United States against Red Bird, and Black Hawk. He also sign several peace treaties for the POTAWATOMIs. He died today in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Sept. 29, 1973: The House Interior Committee votes to approve a bill which would re-establish federal recognition of the MENOMINEEs Indians today.

Sept. 30, 1730: Today in British Court in London, 7 CHEROKEE leaders sign the "Articles of Agreement" with the Lords Commissioners. It will be a formal alliance covering allegiance, peace and the return of captives.

Oct. 1, 1969: In Ridgeville, South Carolina, Marshals will turn Indian parents, and children, away from a local school, today. The Indians wanted to be desegregated. A court order prohibits the Indians from attending white schools.

Oct. 2, 1696: According to some sources, a peace and alliance agreement is reached today between representatives of the British in New York and the "FIVE NATIONS."

Oct. 3, 1790: John Ross, destined to become one of the most famous CHEROKEE Chiefs, is born today in Rossville, Georgia. While Ross is only one-eighth CHEROKEE, he will spend his entire life working for the tribe.

Oct. 4, 1944: Van T. Barfoot gets the Congressional Medal of Honor, today. A Choctaw from Mississippi and a Second Lieutenant in the Thunderbirds during World War II. On 23 May 1944, during the breakout from Anzio to Rome, Barfoot knocked out two machine gun nests and captured 17 German soldiers. Later that same day, he repelled a German tank assault, destroyed a Nazi field piece, and while returning to camp, carried two wounded commanders to safety.

Van T. Barfoot

Oct. 5, 1813: Near the Thames River in Canada, today, American forces, led by General William Henry Harrison, and British-Indian forces, led by Henry Proctor and Tecumseh, will fight a decisive battle. Harrison's forces were much stronger. Setting up an ambush, the British and the Indians forces took up different positions. When Harrison's forces attacked the 700 British soldiers, they caved in almost immediately. Tecumseh's Indians, fighting in a swamp, held out until Tecumseh was killed.

For Information on This Date in Canada visit our friends at:

Canadian Aboriginal News


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