Metacomet, Wampanoag sachem

Metacomet or King Philip of the Wampanoags

Metacomet was better known to whites as King Philip. He was also known as Metacom or Philip of Pokanoket.  He was the second son of the sachem Massasoit, and became a chief of his people in 1662 when his brother Wamsutta (or King Alexander) died shortly after their father Massasoit.

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Isleta Pueblo receives 89,978 acres of land into trust

As part of President Obama’s goal of placing half a million acres of tribal homelands into trust for the benefit of tribal nations, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed 89,978 acres of land into trust status for the Pueblo of Isleta. The Administration’s single largest trust acquisition to date brings to nearly 400,000 the total acreage placed in trust on behalf of federally recognized tribes since 2009.

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1778 Treaty with Delaware was first treaty signed by US

The first treaty signed by the United States was with the Delaware (also known as Lenape) at Fort Pitt in 1778.  The Articles of Confederation were adopted between the states a little over a year earlier in 1777, to establish a government independent of British rule. The primary purposes of the treaty with the Delaware was to gain Delaware trade, and political and military alliance on the side of the Americans during the War of Independence. The British likewise sought military and political alliances among the Indian nations to fight against the rebellious Americans.

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Frogs and the Crane

Frog and Crane

In the heart of the woods there lay a cool, green pond. The shores of the pond were set with ranks of tall bulrushes that waved crisply in the wind, and in the shallow bays there were fleets of broad water lily leaves. Among the rushes and reeds and in the quiet water there dwelt a large tribe of Frogs.

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Big Long Man’s Corn Patch

As soon as Big Long Man got back from the mountains he went to his garden to admire his corn and melons. He had planted a big crop for the coming winter. When he saw that half of the corn stalks had been shucked and the ears stolen, and that the biggest melons were gone off of the melon vines, he was very angry.

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Raccoon and the BeeTree

Raccoon and the Bee tree

The Raccoon had been asleep all day in the snug hollow of a tree. The dusk was coming on when he awoke, stretched himself once or twice, and jumping down from the top of the tall, dead stump in which he made his home, set out to look for his supper.

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Geraldine Keams, Navajo actress

Geraldine Keams, native american actress

Geraldine Keams (now known as just Geri) is a full blood Navajo (Dineh) storyteller, actress, and author who got her first acting break in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

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Is Adam Beach native american?

Adam Beach, an Anishinaabe member of the Saulteaux tribe of Dog Creek Lake Reserve in Manitoba, Canada has starred in films ranging from Squanto to Smoke Signals to Windtalkers, as well as multiple television series such as  North of 60, Law and Order SUV and Skinwalkers, a series based on the popular Tony Hillerman novels. He is perhaps the most visible and sought-after young Native American actor working in Hollywood today.

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Tulalip School Shooter’s Father Gets Two Years in Prison

A Tulalip man was sentenced to the medium-security federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon to serve a 24-month sentence for lying on a federal form when he purchased firearms, including the handgun used by his son in a school shooting. The son and four classmates died, and another student was injured.

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1846 Bear Spring Treaty (Navajo)

Col. Alexander W. Doniphan

The Bear Spring Treaty was the first treaty made with the Navajo tribe. It affected the traditional Navajo homelands, which stretched from Arizona through western New Mexico, where there was a long history of Southwest bands raiding and trading with each other all the way back into the late 1500s. The people who shared this geographical area included Navajo, Spanish, Mexican, Apache, Comanche, Ute, and after 1846, American settlers. A Navajo raid on Socorro, New Mexico near the end of September, 1846, precipitated this American Indian treaty with the United States.

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