The 1873 Modoc War, fought in what today is the Lava Beds National Monument, CA, was one of the most expensive Indian wars ever fought, pitting over 1,000 U.S. soldiers against some 55 Modoc warriors. Cheewa James, the great-granddaughter of one of those Modoc warriors and author of MODOC: The Tribe That Wouldn’t Die, will relate the astounding events of this war, which took place in southern Oregon and northern California. Cheewa, who was recently featured in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “The Modoc War,” brings the conflict to life. Known for her energy on the speaking platform, Cheewa will also talk about the fate of the 150 Modoc men, women, and children who survived the war. Poorly clothed Modoc exiles were placed as prisoners of war on a cramped and bitterly cold train car and sent half way across the continent to Oklahoma Indian Territory. Once there they started a new life.
Doors open at 6 p.m. doors, talk begins at 7 p.m. Admission is Free, and minor are welcome with parent or guardian.