Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lincoln and Native Americans

Howka tribal members, As California Indians we sometimes don't learn about what happened to non- California Indians in the past. I just received an interesting link, that I thought I would share.

Lincoln and Native America from the Black Hawk War to the Presidency

Saturday, December 19, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Panelists: Scott Stevens, The Newberry Library (chair); Gary C. Anderson, University of Oklahoma; Jennifer Denetdale, Northern Arizona University, John W. Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A few days before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the United States government executed 38 Dakota prisoners of war in Mankato, Minnesota after Lincoln himself had reviewed their cases. Just over a year later, in 1864, Lincoln’s administration supported the forced removal of the Navajo from their homeland to a reservation in New Mexico. As a young man Lincoln served in the Black Hawk War, a conflict that he used later to great political effect, but which had immediate, grave consequences for the Sac and Fox peoples in Illinois. How does an understanding of Lincoln’s treatment of and policy toward Native peoples help us reconsider Lincoln’s legacy? The panelists will engage in a discussion with the audience after their presentations.

Admission is free. No reservations are required.

Visit two exhibitions on display at the Newberry: With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, a Library of Congress exhibition, and Honest Abe of the West, an exhibition of the Newberry Library's collections.

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