Have You Heard, today (12/29) marks the anniversary of two events not dear to Native Americans.
180 years ago today (12/29/1835), the Treaty of New Echota (GA) was signed that, in effect, ceded all Cherokee lands east of the Mississippi to the U.S. Government.
This led to the legal basis to move all Cherokee west, the forcible removal known as the “Trail of Tears.”
55 years later (12/29/1890), the U.S. Cavalry raided a Lakota camp at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, to disarm the tribe.
A fight ensued and when it was over about 300 Lakota were dead, including women and children.
This was the last major conflict between Indians and U.S. Troops.
The U.S. Army awarded 20 medals of honor after the massacre.
More than 100 years later, the National Congress of American Indians passed two resolutions condemning the Medals of Honor and called on the U.S. government to rescind them.
To date, that has not happened.
170 years ago today (12/29/1845), Texas became the 28th state.
Golf course architect Pete Dye is 90 today.
Among the courses, he designed are The Dye Club at Barefoot in North Myrtle Beach, Prestwick in Surfside Beach, Harbour Town at Hilton Head and The Ocean Course at Kiawah.
75 years ago today, Nazi Germany began dropping fire bombs on London during World War Two.
The bombing that night (12/29/1940) is known as “The Second Great Fire of London,” as German bombs killed more than 200 innocent civilians.
40 years ago today, a bomb exploded and killed 11 people in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
The case remains unsolved.
Today is also YMCA Day.
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