Lost in the Choctaw Nation

"There were no roads over here, just trails, and they just spread in every direction." That was a young boy's first impression of the Choctaw Nation in 1890. “When I was about four or five years old we left Alabama and went by train to Mount Pleasant, Texas. My father, mother, and family and my … Continue reading Lost in the Choctaw Nation

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Oldest Native American Structures in North America

I was horrified recently when a friend told me she visited Ireland because she wanted to see something old. Her comment made me realize that we’ve lost so much real history with the long suppression of our Native American history. Here’s a hint. The Americas were inhabited long before Christopher Columbus reached in New World … Continue reading Oldest Native American Structures in North America

The First Choctaw Newspaper

In the early years people of the Indian Territory had to rely on outsider newspapers for news, but slowly an increase in commerce and a more-educated people made local newspapers more viable. Established in 1820, The Arkansas Gazette was always a reliable, well-respected newspaper. Thirty years later, a list printed in 1849 named sixteen pre-Civil … Continue reading The First Choctaw Newspaper

Rare Old Photo – Elsie Beams Roebuck

Elsie Beams Roebuck was also known as "Little Blue Hen" from the story passed down through her descendants about her talents for raising geese near the Yazoo River in the old Choctaw Country. She was the daughter of William Beams & Hettie Folsom. About 1815 Elsie Beams married Ezekiel Roebuck  "The Honey King".  She was widowed … Continue reading Rare Old Photo – Elsie Beams Roebuck

A Choctaw Makes the Big Leagues

Fourth of July and Baseball - a perfect pair. I guess that is what made me think of Arthur Lee Daney today. There is always something new to discover about a person. This time an article in the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader newspaper (Pennsylvania) gives us a  wonderful glimpse into the early days of baseball and a young … Continue reading A Choctaw Makes the Big Leagues

Honoring Three Cherokee Survivors of the Trail of Tears

In Oct 2018 the Oklahoma Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) held a grave-marking dedication at the Hungry Mountain Cemetery near Stilwell, Oklahoma for three Cherokee members. Bronze plaques were placed on the headstones for these three survivors of the Trail of Tears: Jackson Christie, died July 26, 1900, at age 65. James Bigby, … Continue reading Honoring Three Cherokee Survivors of the Trail of Tears

Hello, Neighbor!

Either Family or Friends - If you lived in the rustic settlements of the early Choctaw Nation, you were either one or the other. There were no towns at first in the Indian Territory, only a few places such as Skullyville or Eagletown or Boggy Depot, where government annuity payments were paid out. Some choose … Continue reading Hello, Neighbor!

Fort Towson Anchors Cordon of Defense

In 1837 a cordon of military forts along the western frontier was proposed by Charles Gratiot. Born in St. Louis to a family of traders which included the wealthy Chouteau family on his mother’s side, Gratiot was appointed to West Point by Pres. Thomas Jefferson, and later served as Chief of Engineers, 1828-1838, with the … Continue reading Fort Towson Anchors Cordon of Defense

The Oldest DNA in North America

…Belongs to a member of the Blackfeet Tribe. A recent headline in the Great Falls Tribune news site reads “The Oldest DNA in North America.” A genetics test, done by CRI Genetics, traces a Montana man’s family history back fifty-five generations to ancient humans that crossed the Bering Land Bridge 17,000 years ago. According to the genetics … Continue reading The Oldest DNA in North America

DANCE

Here is a short story to lift your spirits - and who doesn't need that from time to time. You can think of it as a current-day VISION QUEST. Get comfortable and enjoy the mystical journey. Feel the wind caress your face. Listen to the bird song on the air. Find a restful spot on the earth and … Continue reading DANCE