If people are genuinely interested in honoring Indians, try getting your government to live up to the more than 400 treaties it signed with our nations. Try respecting our religious freedom which has been repeatedly denied in federal courts. Try stopping the ongoing theft of Indian water and other natural resources. Try reversing your colonial process that relegates us to the most impoverished, polluted, and desperate conditions in this country... Try understanding that the mascot issue is only the tip of a very huge problem of continuing racisim against American Indians. Then maybe your "honors" will mean something. Until then, it's just so much superficial, hypocritical puffery. People should remember that an honor isn't born when it parts the honorer's lips, it is born when it is accepted in the honoree's ear.
(Picture on top - Comanche Medicine man Ish-Ta-Ma)
This battle between buffalo hunters and approximately 700 Comanche, Kiowa, and southern Cheyenne warriors resulted in an Indian defeat, one among several during the course of the large-scale military operation known as the Red River War of 1874-75. Inspired ba a recent Sun Dance and Comanche medicine man Ish-Ta-Ma`s promise of easy victory, the warriors sought to inflict a mortal blow against the hated buffalo hunters who were destroying the vast southern herds in Texas Panhandle.
The young Comanche Quannah Parker joined Ish-Ta-Ma as nominal leaders of the raid against the twenty-eight men and one woman residing in Adobe Walls, a small complex of trading stores and a saloon in present-day Hutchinson Country, Texas.
During the early dawn hours of June 27, 1874, the Indians attacked the residents, quickly killing two hunters who were sleeping in a wagon. The others were alerted immediately because they had remained awake during the night while repairing a broken bearn in the saloon. They held off several assaults, losing only two other defenders - one to Indian gunfire and one to the accidental discharge of a rifle. The siege continued for five days. Indian casaulities mounted to several dozen, and faith in Ish-Ta-Ma`s power faded. On the second day of the siege, Billy Dixon fired his fabled shot, hitting a mounted warrior fully eight-tenths of a mile away. Following abandonment of the Adobe Walls settlement six weeks later, the Indians burned it to the ground. Yet the battle had been a bitter setback for them, and it presaged the larger defeat that would soon follow at the hands of the army.