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June 1, 2002 - Issue 62


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This Date In


North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at

June 1, 1934: A legal definition of "Indian" is made today.

June 2, 1924: Indians become U.S. citizens today.

June 3, 1833: Today, Secretary of War Lewis Cass gives orders directly to the United States Marshal's office to remove white settlers, and trespassers, from CREEK lands in Alabama.

June 4, 1871: General George Crook takes command of the Department of Arizona, today. He believes the Indians should be treated fairly, but kept under control.

Fort Laramie, 1850
Fort Laramie, 1850. Engraving from Stanbury Expedition
June 5, 1866: This day will start the formal treaty conference at Fort Laramie in southeastern Wyoming. Leaders from many tribes and bands will be present. The purpose of the treaty will be to allow passageway for trails, roads, and railroad lines across indian lands. The meeting will be postponed for almost a week, at Red Cloud's request, to allow for the arrival of additional Indians.

June 6, 1885: Sitting Bull signs contract today to work in Buffalo Bill"s Wild West Show.

Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne was strategically located on the portage between the Maumee and Wabash Rivers.
June 7, 1803:

A treaty with the DELAWARE, SHAWNEE, MIAMI, KASKASKIA, KICKAPOO, PIANKASHAW, POTAWATOMI, WEA and 2 other Indian Nations is concluded today at Fort Wayne on the Miami River. It will included changes in boundary lines from those established in the Greenville Treaty. Lands will be ceded by both sides. The United States gets the salt springs of Saline Creek, and the Indians are guaranteed to get 150 bushels of salt annually. The United States will get the right to have land to build inns for travelers on roads through Indian country. If any ferries are built across rivers in the area, the Indians will not have to pay to use them. The treaty is signed by William Henry Harrison, and 15 Indians.

June 8, 1874: Cochise dies today.

June 9, 1647:

New England synod clergy meet at Cambridge today. A large number of Indians attend the meeting to hear Roxbury minister John Eliot deliver a sermon in their own language.

June 10, 1972: SAUK & FOX - a Congressional Act today (17 stat. 391) will further define the SAUK and FOX reserve in Kansas.

June 11, 1752: Today, while at a conference with British authorities, Chief Shingas will be named sachem or king of the DELAWAREs by Tanacharison of the IROQUOIS. The DELAWAREs were subjugated by the IROQUOIS.

June 12, 1855: Walla Walla Conference: Governor Stevens bypassed the entire structure of the American Constitutional System, giving Congress sole power to ratify treaties.

June 13, 1660: Wamsetta, a WAMPANOAG, and his younger brother, Metacomet (various spellings), have requested "English" names from the Plymouth court. Today, their names will be officially be changed to Alexander and Philip Pokanoket. Philip would eventually be called "King Philip."

"Punka Indians Encamped on the Banks of the Missouri"
Karl Bodmer Prints, Richardson Collections
USD Archives and Special Collections
June 14, 1877: During their forced march from their old reservation to Indian Territory, the PONCAs arrive at the OTTO reservation. Taking pity on the PONCAs, the OTTOs give them some horses to help carry their people.

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