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This Week in Aboriginal History: Seward's 'folly' gives us Alaska at 2 cents per acre

By Carl A. Ellis, Friday, April 6, 2018

March 30, 1867: Secretary of State William H. Seward signs off on the purchase of Russia’s holdings in Alaska for 2 cents an acre. According to Alaska natives, Russia’s landholding does not include the bulk of their lands.

March 31, 1793: Army Ensign Moses Cockrell and two men were leading pack animals across Powell’s Mountain and are ambushed by Chickamauga Chief Bench and his followers. Cockrell escaped by outrunning Bench.

April 1, 1866: A two-thirds majority of Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson’s veto of the Civil Rights Act, which gave equal rights to all persons born in the United States.

April 2, 1975: A three-day National Conference on Indian Water Rights convenes in Washington, D.C. Representatives from 200 tribes attend.

April 3, 1861: White settlers who have moved illegally onto Sioux lands near New Ulm, Minn., attempt to improve their standing by petitioning President Lincoln for protection against the Indians.

April 4, 1840: Comanche Chief Piava arranges an exchange of two prisoners with the residents of San Antonio. Two captives from each side are released.

April 5, 1832: Black Hawk and about 1,000 followers, who had been removed from their home in Illinois and relocated to Iowa in 1831, cross the Mississippi River in an attempt to return to Illinois.

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