Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Week in Indian Territory October 23-29

“How much Negro wealth went into the building of Oklahoma

It is only exceeded by the sweat, toil, and tears of … slaves’ free labor of more than 250 years!” 

Buck Franklin COLBERT, “My Life and an Era” 

"This Week In Indian Territory" is constructed from a collection of newspaper indexes housed at the Oklahoma Historical Society. The index represents the life and times of Indian Territory Freedmen following their "emancipation" in 1866, through "reconstruction," through the Dawes enrollment period and a few short years following Oklahoma statehood.

“This Week In Indian Territory” provides a snapshot into the life of the Freedmen of the Five Slave Holding Tribes also known as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.

My intent is to provide readers and researchers more insight into the politics, culture and general life experienced by the formerly enslaved men, women and children of Indian Territory as they fought their way through the maze of issues that would shape their destiny and the destiny of their descendants today.

October 25, 1906

C. W. Stevenson’s interesting and loyal letter to the “Free Press” regarding the Negro vote.

October 26, 1901
Judge Joseph A. Gill, sitting at Muskogee issues temporary injunction against the Dawes Commission today. No more enrolling of Freedmen not on the roll of 1880, pending the hearing of petition of Cherokee Nation for permanent injunction.

October 28, 1901
Courts decision causes consternation in the Freedmen camp. The decision of Judge Joseph A. Gill, handed down at Muskogee Saturday, to the Dawes Commission will open courts to hearing of Freedmen cases.

October 27, 1911
The Katy hotel a rooming house for Negroes, at Coweta was burned last night. The Negroes are being driven from Coweta and there is talk of burning other undesirable places. 

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