Canku Ota


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March 24, 2001 - Issue 32



This Date In


North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at

Mar. 24, 1617: King James I, of England, decides the Indians of Virginia must be educated. Today he directs the Anglican church to collect funds to build churches and schools.
Mar. 25, 1971: Today, William John Gobert, a BLACKFOOT, is named the "Outstanding Handicapped Worker of the Year" by the department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He will be presented his award by Pat Nixon, wife of the President. Gobert works as an instructor for the Indian Health service in Tucson, Arizona.
Mar. 26, 1682: Today, on the Mississippi River, la Salle first meets the NATCHEZ Indians. This will be the first recorded meeting of Europeans with the NATCHEZ. Fellow explorer Henri de Tonti will be the first to meet them.

Mar. 27, 1973: Today, the United States Supreme Court rules that states cannot charge income taxes to Indians who earn all of their incomes on reservations.
Mar. 28, 1833: Several SEMINOLEs have been sent to Indian Territory to look over the areas proposed as their new lands. The SEMINOLESs in the Indian Territory were only sent to look at the land, but the government has them sign an agreement that the land is adequate, and to commit the SEMINOLEs to removal. The agreement is signed at Fort Gibson, in western Oklahoma and is called the Fort Gibson Treaty. The Payne's Landing Treaty of May 9, 1832 had stated that the SEMINOLEs had to be satisfied with the report of the delegation to Indian Territory, before they would agree to move. The government worded the new agreement so that they SEMINOLEs in Florida would not get to discuss the matter. While the SEMINOLE delegation was satisfied with the lands, and being with their former kin, the CREEKs, they are not satisfied with the proximity of the belligerent plains Indians. Upon the return of the delegation to Florida, the SEMINOLE Nation would repudiate the agreement, with the exception of John Blunt, and his APALACHICOLA followers. The enforcement of this illegal treaty by the American government would lead to the start of the Second SEMINOLE War.
Mar. 29, 1965: New York State wants to convert a 2 lane road into a limited access freeway. The land will divide the SENECA Reservation in two. The SENECAs take the matter to court. Today, the Supreme Court will rule that eminent domain laws apply to reservations, as well as all other lands. It would be 5 years before Congress allocated the funds to pay for the lands that were lost. The SENECAs will call the freeway the "Berlin Wall".
Mar. 30. 1802: The Indian Trade and Intercourse Act is enacted today.
Mar. 31, 1936: The ownership of an island within the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota is contested today.
Apr. 1, 1866: On this date, congress overrides President Andrew Johnson's veto of the Civil Rights bill of 1866. The bill will give equal rights to all persons born in the United States. The one exception to this is that Indians are excluded.

Andrew Jackson

Apr. 2, 1975: A 3 day National Conference on Indian Water Rights is convened today in Washington,D.C. Representatives from almost 200 tribes will attend the meeting.
Apr. 3, 1861: White settlers have started moving onto DAKOTA lands, near New Ulm, Minnesota. In an effort to improve their illegal standing, today, they petition President Lincoln for protection against the Indians
Apr. 4, 1805: Lewis and Clark send many objects they have collected so far, including Indian goods, to President Jefferson.

Lewis and Clark on the Columbia River by Charles Russell

Apr. 5, 1614: Today, representatives of the British Colony in Virginia and CHICKAHOMINY tribe will sign a treaty of friendship and alliance.
Apr. 6, 1832: After being removed from Illinois in 1831, Black Hawk, and his SAC followers lived in Iowa. Wanting to return to their old home land, today, Black Hawk, and almost 1000 of his tribe, will cross the Mississippi River back into Illinois.

Black Hawk

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