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October 6, 2001 - Issue 46


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This Date In


North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at

Oct. 6, 1774: In what would be called Lord Dunmore's War, Virginia Governor, John Murray, the Earl of Dunmore will authorize an Army of Virginians to go into SHAWNEE territory, despite the royal proclamation of October 7th, 1763, which prohibited European settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains. Dunmore had granted lands to veterans in the prohibited area, and he planned on helping them get it. Today around 800 SHAWNEEs, under Chief Cornstalk, will attack Dunmore's force of 850 men at Point Pleasant, in present day western West Virginia, on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. The fighting would last all day. Both sides would suffer numerous casualties. Cornstalk would lose the battle, and eventually sign a peace treaty with the Virginians.

This map shows Shawnee Indian towns in Ohio. 1660-1833

Oct. 7, 1969: Senator Ted Kennedy calls for a White House conference on Indian problems in a speech today. He will criticize B.I.A. efforts.

Oct. 8, 1541: de Soto fights with CADDO Indians, today, in Tula, Arkansas

Oct. 9, 1890: Kicking Bear visits with Sitting Bull. They talk about the ghost dance.

Oct. 10, 1918: The First American (Indian) Church is incorporated in El Reno, Oklahoma, today. Original members include, CHEYENNEs, APACHEs, PONCAs, COMANCHEs, KIOWAs, and OTTOs.

Oct. 11, 1874: Satanta has become despondent about his life-term in the Huntsville, Texas, prison. Today, Satanta will jump from a second floor balcony. He will land head first, and die.


Oct. 12, 1833: Captain John Page leaves Choctaw Agency, Mississippi with 1000 CHOCTAW for the Indian Territory. Many of the CHOCTAW are old, lame, blind, or sick.

Oct. 13, 1890: Kicking Bear ordered to leave the reservation by Indian Police.

Oct. 14, 1756: Today, Gen. Joseph de Montcalm, leading French and Indian warriors, captures Fort Oswego, in New York. Montcalm would fire upon his Indian allies when they attempted to kill the British forces after they had surrendered.

Oct. 15, 1615: Today, Samuel de Champlain, 12 Frenchmen, and many of his HURON allies, attack the IROQUOIS town of Onondaga. Champlain will be wounded, and several HURONs will be killed. Champlain will give up the attack. Because of Champlain's actions, the IROQUOIS will fight the French for years to come.

Oct. 16, 1940: NAVAJOs enlist in the military.

Oct. 17, 1984: President Reagan signs the Indian Restoration Act today.

Oct. 18, 1540: Today, de Soto arrives at the MOBILE Indian village of Mabila, in present day Clark County, Alabama. When in the village, Tascaluca disappears into a building. The MOBILE Indians, under Chief Tuscaloosa (Tascaluca), attack de Soto's invading army. In the bloody conflict, as many as 3,000 Indians will be killed by the armored Spaniards. Approximately 20 Spaniards would be killed, and 150 wounded, including de Soto, according to their chroniclers.

Oct. 19, 1945: American Indian John N. Reese gets the Congressional Medal of Honor today. While making a frontal assault across an open field, his platoon was halted 100 yards from the station by intense enemy fire. On his own initiative he left the platoon. accompanied by a comrade, and continued forward to a house 60 yards from the objective. By his gallant determination in the face of tremendous odds, aggressive fighting spirit, and extreme heroism at the cost of his life, Pfc. Reese materially aided the advance of our troops in Manila and providing a lasting inspiration to all those with whom he served.

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

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