Canku Ota logo

Canku Ota

Canku Ota logo

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 14, 2002 - Issue 76


pictograph divider


This Date In


North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at

Dec. 14, 1742:
Settlers have finally moved into the valley of Virginia. Indians from the north have attacked several settlements and CATAWBAs Indians in the area. A European militia is formed to find the war party. Today, in what would be the first significant engagement in the valley, the Indians and the militia would fight on the North Fork of the Potomac River. Numerous Indians, and 8 settlers, including Captain John McDowell, will die in the fighting.

Dec. 15, 1855:
Governor Stevens gets NEZ PERCE honor guard.

Dec. 16, 1811:
The New Madrid earthquake takes place today on the Mississippi River. Many tribes will tell tales of this event for generations.

Sitting Bull
Dec. 17, 1890:
Sitting Bull and the police killed during his arrest are buried with honor. Today, members of the HUNKPAPA SIOUX arrive at Big Foot's camp of MINNECONJOU SIOUX seeking refuge. However, today will also see the issuing of an arrest warrant for Big Foot, himself, for his part as a "trouble maker" in the ghost dance religion.

Dec. 18, 1812:
After successfully attacking, and burning, 2 peaceful MIAMI and DELAWARE Indian villages, and fighting to a draw in another village, yesterday. Col. John Campbell, and almost 600 American volunteers have camped for the night near on of the destroyed villages on the Mississinewa River. They are there to prevent the hitherto peaceful tribes from joining Tecumseh's Rebellion, and attacking William Henry Harrison's rear flank as he engages detroit. The MIAMIs consider yesterday's attacks on villages who had pledged not to support Tecumseh's "Rebellion" as nothing more than an unprovoked massacre. Today the MIAMI's mount a retaliatory raid against Campbell's camp before dawn. They will kill 10 soldiers, and wound 48 more, before they withdraw. Campbell will give up his expedition along the river after this attack.

Dec. 19, 1813:
Today, a combined force of Indians warriors and British soldiers will attack, and capture Fort Niagara, in New York. The American defenders will sustain 60 fatalities and 350 will be captured. Later, the victorious Indians would also capture nearby Lewiston.

Sakakawea and Jean-Baptiste by Leonard Crunelle
Capitol grounds, Bismarck, North Dakota

Dec. 20, 1812:

Sacajawea dies at Ft. Manuel, South Dakota, according to some sources.

Dec. 21, 1804:
The 2 treaties the CHEROKEEs signed with Return Meigs are sent to the Senate today for consideration. The CHEROKEEs will give up over four million acres for almost $20,000.

Dec. 22, 1769:

The SHAWNEE capture Daniel Boone.

Dec. 23, 1804:
MANDANs offer Lewis and Clark food as trade.

Dec. 24, 1776:
Washington asks the PASSAMAQUODDY for help in the Revolutionary War.

John White drawing of Virginia Indians
Dec. 25, 1611:
In September, Sir Thomas Dale is leading a band of Jamestown colonists up the James River with the intention of establishing a new settlement. When they reach an APPOMATTOC village, 20 men are killed in the night by APPOMATTOC women who had invited them to spend the night with them. Today, Dale will burn the main APPOMATTOC village as retribution for the earlier attack. Dale would eventually build a settlement called Bermuda Hundred at that spot.

Dec. 26, 1734:
Rev.Richard Treat of Glastonbury, Connecticut, will start teaching English, and religion, today to the WANGUNKs, close to Middletown.

Dec. 27, 1763:

Angry white vigilantes, called "the Paxton Boys" will break into a building housing the 14 CONESTOGA, Pennsylvania Indians not killed in the attack on December 14th. The whites will kill all of the Indians, including women and children, while they prayed. Benjamin Franklin will write the broadside "Narrative of the late massacres in Lancaster County" condemning the white attackers for brutalizing the innocent CONESTOGAs.

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

Canadian Aboriginal News


pictograph divider


Home PageFront PageArchivesOur AwardsAbout Us

Kid's PageColoring BookCool LinksGuest BookEmail Us


pictograph divider

  Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107.  

Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002 of Vicki Lockard and Paul Barry.


Canku Ota logo


Canku Ota logo

The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the

Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 of Paul C. Barry.

All Rights Reserved.

Thank You

Valid HTML 4.01!