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View Diary: 147th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre of Nov. 29th, 1864 (16 comments)

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  •  Another, far less known massacre (18+ / 0-)

    ...was the Ben Wright Massacre in 1852. This is covered in my series, Centuries of Genocide: Modoc Indians.

    Part I describes the first generation of Modoc people to contact European-Americans, and the slow war in the Klamath Basin that destroyed the Second Generation. The Ben Wright Massacre is analyzed.

    Part II encapsulates the great crisis in the Klamath Basin, and the process leading to the Treaty of 1864, the significance of the Oregon reservation system, and the escalation of tensions into full-blown war.

    At this time in 1872, the US Army was pursuing Keintpoos' band of Modocs, only days before the Modoc War officially began.

    Part III covers the Modoc War of 1872-1873 as experienced by over 20 Modoc people, President Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, famous settler Lindsay Applegate, and others. It depicts the assassination of General Canby.

    Part IV describes how, around this time in 1873, Modoc people were collectively punished for the war by transferred from Oregon to Oklahoma, and how they lost their culture and Oklahoma land, too.

    "However small your audience is, however frustrating it is to get your version of the world or what you want to talk about out there, it’s part of the conversation. And if you shut up, the conversation is one-sided" -- John Sayles

    by Nulwee on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 01:53:16 PM PST

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