The Choctaws in Oklahoma: From Tribe to Nation, 1855-1970

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jul 1, 2008 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Volume 2 in the American Indian Law and Policy Series

The Choctaws in Oklahoma begins with the Choctaws' removal from Mississippi to Indian Territory in the 1830s and then traces the history of the tribe's subsequent efforts to retain and expand its rights and to reassert tribal sovereignty in the late twentieth century.

As Clara Sue Kidwell tells it, the Choctaws' story illuminates a key point in contemporary scholarship on the history of American Indians: that they were not passive victims of colonization and did not assimilate quietly into American society. Adapting to the very structures imposed on them by their colonizers, tribal politicians quickly learned to use the rhetoric of dependency on the government, but they also demanded justice in the form of fulfillment of their treaty rights. Adroitly negotiating with the United States, the Choctaws have created the Choctaw Nation that exists today.

 

  

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Contents

The Church the Nation and Slavery
30
Choctaw Lighthorsemen 1893
115
Indian Territory 1855 17
137
Political Districts of Indian Territory 1907
172
Epilogue
219
Notes
225
Bibliography
285
Index
311
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About the author (2008)

Clara Sue Kidwell is Director of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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