Thursday, December 8, 2011

Indian Territory

Part of what became Oklahoma was designated the home for the Choctaw Nation. Later the area would be named Indian Territory. The goal was to provide ample lands for the relocation of Native Americans in the eastern states who did not wish to assimilate.

Delegations to make the territory into a state began near the end of the 19th century, when the Curtis Act furthered the allotment of Indian tribal land. Attempts to create an all-Indian state named Oklahoma and a later attempt to create an all-Indian state named Sequoyah failed but the Sequoyah Statehood Convention of 1905 eventually laid the groundwork for the Oklahoma Statehood Convention, which took place two years later.[54] On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was established as the 46th state in the Union

1 comment:

  1. Prior to the founding of "Indian Territory," Cherokee Chiefs and other eastern tribal peoples were in the region. With the coming of the white man, Indians began moving westward early in the Colonial era. Cherokee Chiefs like Takyteaski (various spellings)were west of the Mississippi long before Indian Territory. Some study of the Okalona and Homa and Lone Oaks show relation to early Cherokee groups.