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Native American History

Ambush and Siege at Paint Rock

Wayne R. Austerman | Published: February 05, 2010 at 3:37 pm
In March 1846, Jack Hays and a company of Texas Rangers ambushed a large raiding party on sacred Comanche ground, but the outnumbered Texians soon found themselves under siege.

The Red-Haired Captive and the Fight at Pinta Trail Crossing

Wayne R. Austerman | Published: December 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm
In 1841 Chief Yellow Wolf and his Comanche raiders were heading back to Hill Country with an Irish prisoner when Captain Jack Hays and his company of Texas Rangers attacked.

Interview with Author-Playwright Louis Kraft

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: August 07, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Author/Playwright Louis Kraft turns his attention to Indian agent Ned Wynkoop, portraying him onstage.

Interview with Fetterman Fight Author John Monnett

Candy Moulton | Published: June 03, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Fetterman Fight expert John Monnett explains his fascination with Plains Indians and speaks about his new book, Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed.

We Shall Remain - Interview with Ric Burns and Chris Eyre

Jay Wertz | Published: May 04, 2009 at 9:02 pm
Directors Ric Burns and Chris Eyre talk in an exclusive interview about the making of We Shall Remain and the determination to tell the story of Native Americans in a way it has never been told before, neither demonizing nor deifying their subject.

Letter from American History - June 2009

American History editors | Published: April 07, 2009 at 4:09 pm
Despite more than two centuries of broken treaties and displacement by white settlers, Native American tribes have not only survived but they retain the legal status of sovereign nations accorded to them by the nation's founders. These issues are explored in an article by Paul VanDevelder.

What Do We Owe the Indians?

Paul VanDevelder | Published: April 07, 2009 at 10:21 am
Paul VanDevelder writes about the troubled history of the 562 Native American nations, their 371 treaties with the United States, and the emerging importance of natural resources found on Native American lands.

Medicine Bill Comstock - Saga of the Leatherstocking Scout

Susan K. Salzer | Published: April 02, 2009 at 5:31 pm
Medicine Bill Comstock, descendant of James Fenimore Cooper, brought his uncle's mythical Natty Bumppo to life on the Great Plains as a hunter, trapper and cultural go-between.

Interview with George Custer Expert James Donovan

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: April 02, 2009 at 5:30 pm
James Donovan, author and George Custer expert, covers new ground in the story of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn in his new book A Terrible Glory.

Letter from Wild West - June 2009

Gregory Lalire | Published: April 02, 2009 at 5:15 pm
Monument Valley, Arizona, has long stood a symbol of the American West, from its early history as a home to the Anasazi and Navajos through pioneer days to its modern-day incarnation as iconic Western film backdrop.

Letter from Wild West - April 2009

Gregory Lalire | Published: January 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm
Following the 1864 Elm Creek Raid, Britt Johnson went in search of his family, taken captive by Kiowa and Comanche Raiders. His story would later inspire the book and movie The Searchers.

Victorio's War

Robert M. Utley | Published: September 03, 2008 at 6:05 pm
For Apache chief Victorio, the decision to make war on the United States was a matter of rights and spirituality. Known as the "greatest Indian general" ever, he terrorized settlers and the army, surpassing Geronimo's feats and ferocity.

How the West was Spun - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show

Stephen G. Hyslop | Published: August 05, 2008 at 3:51 pm
Buffalo Bill Cody heralded the closing of the frontier by reassuring Americans that they would never be too civilized to beat the braves and bullies of the world at their own game.

Iroquois Battle Fellow Iroquois on the Niagara Frontier During the War of 1812

Published: November 28, 2006 at 12:28 pm
Iroquois of the Six Nations proved invaluable allies to both sides during the War of 1812 -- until the inevitable day when they found themselves fighting each other.By Dana Benner

Warm Springs Apache Leader Nana: The 80-Year-Old Warrior Turned the Tables

Published: October 18, 2006 at 4:23 pm
On August 19, 1881, in a remote New Mexico Territory canyon, Warm Springs Apache leader Nana ambushed a combined military and civilian force that was out to get him. By Daniel D. Aranda

Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle

Published: July 25, 2006 at 11:04 am
Although usually portrayed as a man of peace, Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle may have been an ineffective leader at best.By Gregory Michno
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