Sunday, May 13, 2012

This Week In Indian Territory May 13-19

“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”

May 18, 1881: The eastern philanthropists who by the Quaker Commissioners over see the interest of one Indian neighbors have just made the important discovery that the negroes are the only citizens of the U. S. who have by treaty a right to settle on the ceded lands in the territory and parties are now at work in earnest organizing colonies of colored men to colonize Oklahoma

May 18, 1881: An article giving the report of acting commissioner Holcomb on the rights of the Freedmen under existing land laws and Indian treaties to occupy the public lands in the territory.

May 15, 1884: Chickasaw Legislation; Wolf, Jonas (Governor); Fencing Regulation

May 18, 1894: Knights of Pythias, Ardmore organization

May 14, 1897: Payment to Cherokee freedmen by Agent Dickson has been stopped. An army officer will disburse the rest of the money

May 17, 1899: The contents of a letter from Chief S. H. Mayes to Hon. John C. West, relative to an alleged wrong done by the chief in connection with making the Freedmen payment rolls. The chief defends himself and asserts that the accusation is nothing short or an outrage

May 16, 1900: Strong objections have been raised to the bill authorizing the Chickasaw freedmen in the Chickasaw nation to bring suit in the court of claims against the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations and the United States

May 13, 1902: Race Riot in town of Braggs; white men

May 13, 1905: Cherokee Indians; Adopted Whites, Adopted Negroes, land titles, U. S. (Guardian)

May 19, 1907: Explosion at Fort Gibson schools 

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