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February 7, 2004 - Issue 106


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North American Indian History


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Feb. 7, 1861:

Convinced that they will get better treatment from a southern government than from the one in Washington, D. C., Today, the CHOCTAWs will announce their support of the Confederacy.

Feb. 8, 1887:

The "Dawes Severalty Act" regarding land allotments takes effect (24 stat 388-89).

Feb. 9, 1690:

300 Indians and French sneak into the stockade at Schenectady, New York during a snowstorm. After posting warriors at each building, a signal is given, and the primarily Dutch occupants are attacked. Sixty settlers are killed, and twenty-seven are captured. Mohawk Indians attempt to rescue some of the captives as they are marched off to Canada, but they meet with little success.

Great Sioux Reservation

Feb. 10, 1890:

The South Dakota "land grab" takes place . Parts of the Great Sioux Reservation is opened to settlers.

Feb. 11, 1978:

The "longest walk" takes place to protest Indian treatment.

Feb. 12, 1599:

Of the seventy Acomas tried for battling with the Spaniards on December 4, 1598, all seventy are found guilty. Today, Juan de Oñate orders their punishment. All men over twenty-five years old have one foot cut off and serve as slaves for twenty years. Everyone from twelve to twenty-five only have a foot cut off.

Schaghticoke Indian Reservation

Feb. 13, 1743:

Schaghticook sachem Mahwee is baptized in New York. He will be the first of his tribe to do so.

Feb. 14, 1969:

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe of the Flathead Reservation enact a resolution prohibiting the hunting or killing of Mountain Sheep.

Feb. 15, 1831:

The United States Senate passes a resolution asking President Jackson if he is going to live up to the Indian Trade and Intercourse Act passed on March 30, 1802. If he is not going to live up to this law, they want to know why. He responds a week later.

Russ Cournoyer, Yankton Sioux

Feb. 16, 1863:

An Act (12 stat.l.652) 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. This act took away their lands in Minnesota because of the "Santee Sioux uprising."

Feb. 17, 1909:

Geronimo (Goyathlay) dies at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Feb. 18, 1867:

The Sac and Fox sign a treaty (15 stat.495). They sell much of what remains of their reservation.

Feb. 19, 1778:

Virginia Governor Patrick Henry is upset by the actions of several white "frontiersmen" against the Indians. They have killed Shawnee Chief Cornstalk, and four other Shawnees, who have lived in peace with their neighbors. Today Governor Henry writes a letter to Colonel William Fleming. Suggesting that perhaps the murderers are British agents trying to instigate a fight with the Indians to divert troops away from the Revolutionary War.

Feb. 20, 1832:

Northeastern District Choctaw Chief, Peter Pitchlynn, and his followers, arrive in Fort Smith, in western Arkansas, . Floods, cold weather, low rivers, and mud have delayed their trip considerably.

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