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This Week in Aboriginal History: Farmers file $19 billion class-action lawsuit

By Carl A. Ellis, Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nov. 23, 1877: While authorities in Nalad City, Idaho, attempt to arrest Naught, an Indian accused of shooting two teamsters, other Indians become agitated. One of them shoots Alex Rhoden, who is walking across the street. The shooting leads to the Bannock War.

Nov. 24, 1999: American Indian farmers file a $19 billion class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Agriculture Department alleging a 20-year history of loan-granting discrimination.

Nov. 25, 1712: Col. Thomas Pollock, commander of the Carolina militia, meets with Chief Tom Blount, leader of the northern Tuscarora Indians, at the height of the Tuscarora War. Blount’s tribe hadn’t participated in the attacks and he agrees he won’t attack in the future. Blount also agrees to bring in Chief Hancock of the southern Tuscaroras, who had been leading the attacks.

Nov. 26, 2007: A new study by the University of Michigan bolsters claims that American Americans are descended from one migrant group that crossed a lost land link from modern Siberia to Alaska. The study examines genes of indigenous people from North and South America and from two Siberian groups.

Nov. 27, 1759: Maj. Robert Rogers is en route to accept custody of French forts given over to the British after the end of the French-Indian War. He’s confronted by a group of Indians when he arrives at the Detroit River at Lake St. Clair. Indians leaders, including Pontiac, an Ottawa, tell Rogers he’s trespassing, and asks his intentions. Rogers says he’s going to remove the French and gives the Indians gifts. Pontiac allows Rogers to pass unharmed.

Nov. 28, 1729: Natchez Indians lead at attack on Fort Rosalie after becoming convinced the new commander, Etcheparre Chepart, is incapable of governing. They destroy the fort near present-day New Orleans and 200 whites are killed. Chepart is killed while hiding in his garden. Chepart had been warned of the impending attack, but had refused to believe it.

Nov. 29, 1813: A battle breaks out between Upper Town “Red Stick” Creeks and American forces in the Indian village of Autossee in Alabama. A force of 1,000 Georgia militia and 400 pro-American Creeks attack the Red Stick stronghold, using continuous heavy gunfire. The Red Sticks suffer 200 fatalities, while Americans post 11 dead. The village and its supplies are burned as are the villages of Tallassee and Little Tallassee.

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