The "Battle of the Neches" occurred on July 16, 1839
The American Indian Cultural Society, Inc. (ACIS) is hosting the annual "Battle of Neches" memorial ceremony, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
Events include an Indian story teller, crafts, and prior to ceremonies T-shirts and food sold to support and maintain "The Tribal Land."
Food includes hot dogs, chips, hamburgers, cold drinks, popcorn, fry bread and water.
ACIS has assumed the personal responsibility of preserving and maintaining the history of the sacred ground.
Bring lawn chairs. Camping overnight is permitted in assigned areas only.
Master of ceremonies is ACIS chairman Eagle I, honorary ACIS member Danny Hair will be ceremonial leader.
Other honored guests and dignitaries have been invited to speak.
According to an ACIS statement, this is the location where the Texas Cherokee and 12 associated Indian tribal bands, under the leadership of Chief John 'Duwa'li' Bowles, Chief Big Mush and six other tribal chiefs, were slain July 16, 1839. This massacre by the Republic of Texas Army, under the direction of President Mirabeau Lamar, took the lives of many innocent men, women and children along with the buring of a Delaware village. The associated Indian tribal bands were: Cherokee, Shawnee, Delaware, Kickapoo, Quapaw, Biloxi, Ioni, Alabama, Coushatta, Caddo of the Neches, Tahocullake, Mataquo and possibly other groups.
Many now and forever consider this LAND sacred ground. The spirits of the men, women and children slain here can still be felt. Their BLOOD and TEARS forever stain THE LAND.
ACIS has assumed the personal responsibilty of preserving and maintaining this sacred ground. Helping to preserve it as a Memorial and Sanctuary for ALL who wish to HONOR and RESPECT the ancient culture of traditions, customs and beliefs for ALL AMERICAN INDIAN PEOPLE.
Please--No fires on the Ground!!!!!
Directions: From Dallas (85 mi.) go east on I-20 toward Canton. Exit off 1-20 onto Hwy 64 turn right at the stop sign. Proceed on Hwy 64 through Canton, Ben Wheeler and Midway to Redland(no town just a sign) this about 25 miles, watch for large sign on right depicting historical area. Turn north (left) onto Van Zandt CR 4923 (2.4 mi) to the LAND watch for signs.
From Tyler: the LAND is about 12 miles west on Hwy 64, from the loop, turn north (right) onto Van Zandt CR 4923 (2.4 mi) to the site. Next to the Tyler Fish Farm.
RSVP to ACIS, P. O. Box 1884, DeSoto, Texas 75123 or call (903) 425-8581 or (214) 941-1516 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Or email@example.com
Please, no ground fires, alchol, drugs or weapons allowed. MEMORIAL: JULY 16, 2011 Updated: 5 July 2011 OPHGR website created and maintained by Patsy Vinson, webmaster. Webmaster Note: This is a free site. All information contained herein is copyrighted by the webmaster/owner of Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records known as "OPHGR" . The information and images shown on this site are Not public domain and should not be taken without the owner's permission in writing.