Monthly Archives: May 2014

On this date… May 21, 1542… Mississippi River

On this date in 1542, Hernando De Soto, the explorer, the invader, the pillager, the rapist, died somewhere along the Mississippi River.  Fearing his grave would be desecrated, his body, bedecked in armor, was released into the current to sink … Continue reading

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On this date… May 12, 1879… Nebraska

On this date in 1879, a US judge declared that “an Indian is a person” and may not be imprisoned (so long as they renounce their Indian ways). Following two decades of some of the most genocidal “extermination” policies, the … Continue reading

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