A History of Oklahoma

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Page 52 - The whole scene since I have been in this country has been nothing but a heartrending one, and such a one as I would be glad to get rid of as soon as circumstances will permit.
Page 142 - A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers; but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber; they kill my buffalo, and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting; I feel sorry has the white man become a child that he should recklessly kill and not eat?
Page 126 - The white people are preparing to build a railroad through our country, which will not be permitted. Some years ago they took us by the hair and pulled us here close to Texas, where we have to fight them.
Page 42 - THE Chickasaw Nation find themselves oppressed in their present situation; by being made subject to the laws of the States in which they reside. Being ignorant of the language and laws of the white man, they cannot understand or obey them. Rather than submit to this great evil, they prefer to seek a home in the west, where they may live and be governed by their own laws.
Page 42 - And believing that they can procure for themselves a home, in a country suited to their wants and condition, provided they had the means to contract and pay for the same, they have determined to sell their country and hunt a new home. The President has heard the complaints of the Chickasaws, and like them believes they cannot be happy and prosper as a nation in their present situation and condition, and being desirous to relieve them from the great calamity that seems...
Page 36 - to authorize the President of the United States to cause a road to be marked out from the Western frontier of Missouri to the confines of New Mexico...
Page 97 - ... lovely country and beautiful hunting grounds, abounding in all the luxuries and necessities of life and happiness, given to them by the Great Spirit, having known no limits but the shores of the great waters and the horizon of the heavens, is now on account of our weakness being reduced and hemmed into a small and precarious country that we can scarcely call our own and in which we cannot remain in safety and pursue our peaceful avocations, nor can we visit the bones and the graves of our kindred,...
Page 126 - Tree, and Fast Bear. We found a mule train, which we captured, and killed seven of the men. Three of our men got killed, but we are willing to call it even. It is all over now, and it is not necessary to say much more about it. We don't expect to do any raiding around here this summer ; but we expect to raid in Texas. If any other Indian claims the honor of leading that party, he will be lying to you. I led it myself.
Page 70 - The bones of my fathers lie in every hill and valley of my country, and I don't want to be turned out from that country, for I love it very much. Nearly thirty years ago Washington gave me and my people a good chief, who tried to put us on the white man's road. We think he meant all that he said. We wanted to go on the white man's road very much. I and my brother represent five different tribes, who have always been friendly, and who wanted to be friendly to the whites. But because we do not fight,...
Page 156 - Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he entered the Confederate army as a captain and rose to the rank of major-general.

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