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This Week in Aboriginal History: Sand Creek Massacre site is memorialized in Colorado

By Carl A. Ellis, Friday, May 4, 2018

April 27, 1763: Pontiac holds council with a large group of Ottawa, Wyandot and Potawatomi Indians. He tells them of his plans to attack Fort Detroit and extols the virtue of returning to the old Indian ways before Europeans arrived.

April 28, 2007: Sand Creek National Historic site in Colorado is dedicated as a memorial honoring the 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians by a militia led by Col. John Chivington.

April 29, 1700: Lemoyne d'Iberville visits a Pascagoula Indian village a day's walk from the French outpost at Biloxi. The Pascagoula have been hit hard by disease brought by Europeans.

D'Iberville is impressed by the beauty of the Pascagoula women.

April 30, 1961: The Menominee tribe of Wisconsin is terminated from its trust status as a federally recognized sovereign Indian tribe. The tribal rolls are closed, all federal services ended and the tax-exempt status of reservation lands eliminated. A decade later, the Menominee regain federal recognition from Congress.

May 1, 1945: Singer/songwriter Rita Coolidge, a Cherokee from Tennessee, is born. She’ll enjoy a career in rock, pop, R&B, country, folk and gospel spanning three decades. In 2000, she was awarded the Native American Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

May 2, 1871: Indians raid settlements near Fort Seldon in southern New Mexico. According to U.S. Army records, cavalry troops chase them for 280 miles, but don’t catch them.

May 3, 1806: Lewis and Clark meet Nez Perce Chief Weahkoonut.


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