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On this date… November 3, 1892… Oklahoma

On this date in 1892, Ned Christie was killed by US marshals asserting federal sovereignty on Cherokee land.  Ned Christie, branded a Cherokee outlaw, had been on the run for five and a half years.  On this morning, he had … Continue reading

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On this date… July 5, 1876… Montana

On this date in 1876, one day after the nation celebrated its Centennial, the news of Custer’s Last Stand reached the media. Eight years earlier, in 1868, the Great Sioux Reservation was “set apart for the absolute and undisturbed use … Continue reading

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On this date… June 26, 1579… California

On this date is 2015, Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hinde pulled into a broad protected bay tucked inside Point Reyes. What ensued was one of the most unusual and fascinating interactions between Europeans and Native Americans ever documented. … Continue reading

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On this date… March 22, 1621 and 1622… Massachusetts and Virginia

March 22 was a significant date two years in a row. In 1621, Massasoit, the Great Sachem of the Wampanoags, negotiated a mutual defense pact with the Pilgrims recently ensconced at Patuxet, which they called Plymouth. Though his people were … Continue reading

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On this date… March 10, 1957… Columbia River

A mile across, Celilo Falls were the tenth widest waterfall in the world, the widest in the United States, and the largest along the Columbia River. Each year, millions of salmon, hundreds of sea lions, and thousands of Indians from … Continue reading

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On this date… March 3, 1832… Georgia

The Supreme Court ruling granting tribal sovereignty was issued on this date. It still stands today. It all started with Samuel Worcester (left) and Elizur Butler, missionaries to the Cherokee. While the Supreme Court debated, they sat in a Georgia … Continue reading

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On this date… February 23, 1945… Iwo Jima, Japan

On this date, the US flag was raised over Iwo Jima. Young Navajo men, once punished for speaking their language in the boarding schools, sent over eight-hundred messages during the battle. Here is a sample of the code: Ba-ah-ne-di-tinin, key, … Continue reading

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