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General Nelson Miles and the Expedition to Capture Geronimo

Published: July 25, 2006 at 11:01 am
General Nelson Miles summoned Lieutenant Charles Gatewood to Albuquerque in July 1886 and ordered the reluctant veteran of the Apache wars to go find the elusive Chiricahua leader down in the mountains of Mexico.By Louis Kraft

Sioux Chief Gall

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm
Soldiers gave the Hunkpapa leader his nickname because he was a dashing warrior who effectively teamed up with Sitting Bull in the 1870s. But after his surrender in 1881, Gall stood up for cooperation and peace at Standing Rock.

Spirit Lake Massacre

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm
With most of her family and neighbors at the northern Iowa settlement wiped out, Abbie Gardner clung to life at the mercy of Dakota Chief Inkpaduta and his unremorseful band.

Revolt of the Métis

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm
In 1885, Canadian troops had to deal with a bloody uprising that had barely been averted in 1870. Its leader was once more Louis Riel, but the man to worry about was Gabriel Dumont.

Trail of Black Hawk

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk and Fox Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi.

Estanislao: Rebellious Indian Warrior

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Named after a Polish saint, Estanislao became an Indian official with a mission--flee Mission San Jose and lead one of the largest Indian forces ever to fight against whites in California.

Soldiers vs. Apaches: One Last Time at Guadalupe Canyon

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Nearly 10 years after Geronimo called it quits following a massive manhunt, the U.S. Army began a smaller campaign against renegade Apaches.

Queho: An Indian Outcast

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Queho, a clubfooted Indian outcast, became the elusive killer hermit of El Dorado canyon.

Kiowa Chief Satanta

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Kiowa chief Satanta was one of the most complicated men ever to rise from the Great Plains--a diplomat and orator of his people who did his share of killing.

The Indian Tax Rebellion of 1851

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
When San Diego County officials slapped a property tax on the dirt-poor Indians of the area, the natives complied in 1850, but then trouble came a year later when Major General Joshua Bean instructed them not to pay.

The Tule River War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
From their earth-and-rock fortification at the base of a small, solitary mountain, the Yokuts of central California were determined to defend their land.

The Battle of White Bird Canyon: First Fight of the Nez Perce

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
After young warriors killed some settlers in Idaho Territory, General O.O. Howard ordered Captain David Perry at Fort Lapwai to go get them, telling him, 'You must not get whipped.'

Lieutenant Casper Collins: Fighting the Odds at Platte Bridge

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Lieutenant Casper Collins and 20 others faced at least 1,000 Indians in the 1865 Running Battle, and on its heels came another lopsided encounter on the North Platte -- Custard's Last Stand.

Chief Seattle

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Did Chief Seattle really say, 'the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth'?

Apache Captives' Ordeal

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
When Apache warriors swooped down on the defenseless Oatman family in sunbleached Arizona in 1851, the harrowing nightmare was just beginning for Olive Oatman and her little sister Mary Ann.

Black Hawk War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi.
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