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Cherokee

The anglicized form of Tsalagi, which history spells dozens of ways. The accepted meaning is 'cave people'. The Cherokee were woodlands people living in the Appalachians and other parts of the south.
They once held all lands in the Virginias, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Word of gold mines stirred interest among the English who first mentioned the 'Cherakae' in 1674.  Acquiring firearms in 1700, the tribe became more warlike, leading frontier wars sparked by European colonization. By the mid-18th century, the Cherokee had a remarkably advanced civilization, including a constitution and a democratic form of government. Nearly all owned horses; many were planters and traders, owning homes, cattle and even slaves.  Mission schools, laws and America's first Indian newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix (printed in both Cherokee and English), were established.
The nation had reached its height in the East in 1828 when Georgia began moving to expel them. In 1838-39, they were brutally removed to Indian Territory, suffering the tragic loss of a fourth of their people along the Trail of Tears to the West.
Thirteen counties in northeast Oklahoma comprise the Cherokee Nation: Adair, Cherokee, Deleware, McIntosh, Muskogee, Sequoyah, Mayes, Craig, Nowata, Rogers, Tulsa, Washington and Ottawa.

 

Donna Dreyer - Cherokee Nation Archivist

Gene Phillips - State Archivists

Linda Simpson-Assistant Archivist/Indian Nations-Indian Territory

If you have any cemetery records, bible records, deeds, applications for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, etc, that pertain to the Cherokee Nation, please send them to us as an attachment in e-mail to Donna Dreyer. Please be sure to identify that it is for the Cherokee Nation. It also needs to be a plain text file, no HTML and no images. This ensures that everybody will be able to read it, no matter what kind of web browser. Here is a help file.
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Cherokee Lands - Newspaper Articles
File Name Description Size Date Submitted By
history.txt Cherokee History - August 13, 1885-Indian Journal 9 KB 09 Feb 2002 Kim Collins
leases.txt Clearing Indian Territory - Aug 14, 1885-The Cherokee Advocate 2 KB 09 Feb 2002 Kim Collins
robbed.txt How Indians Are Robbed - Mar 27, 1885-The Cherokee Advocate 11 KB 09 Feb 2002 Kim Collins
Dawes Commission Applications
File Name Description Size Date Submitted By
adair.txt Charlotte Adair 2 KB 21 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
nbenge.txt Nancy Benge 4 KB08 May2002 Kenyon
h5520001.txt Isaac Hummingbird 2 KB 22 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
h5520003.txt Jacob Hummingbird 3 KB 22 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
h5520002.txt Joshua Hummingbird 2 KB 22 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
h5520005.txt Lizzie Manus Hummingbird 2 KB 23 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
h5520004.txt Thomas Hummingbird 2 KB 22 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
rinlow.txt Roy W Inlow & John O Danderson 2 KB 08 May 2002Paula Schuler
am-rmlewis.txt Amanda M. (Inlow) LEWIS - Rowland M. LEWIS 6KBJune 2002Paula Schuler
walkingstick.txt Ben F. Walkingstick 3 KB 21 Sep 1999 Kathy Pitts
Guion-Miller Applications
Census
File Name Description SizeDate Submitted By
bertholf_e.txt Census Card Questionaire #7148 Electra Bertholf nee Keys 4KB23 Jan 2002Catherine Widener
fencer_ag.txt Census Card Questionaire #7906 Fencer and Aggie Fencer 7KBAug 2002Catherine Widener
ccp948.txt Census Card Packet # 938 John Anderson Gonzales 5KBMar 2003Catherine Widener
hicks_ar.txt Census Card Questionaire #1062 Arrunyie "Ranza" Hicks 6KBAug 2002Catherine Widener
kingfisher_na.txtCensus Card Questionaire #7968 Nakie Kingfisher 7KBAug 2002Catherine Widener
stephens_wh.txt Census Card Packet # 6606 William H. and Elmira Stephens 30KBMar 2003Catherine Widener
terrel_gr.txt Census Card Packet # 7565 Green Terrel 5KBMar 2003Catherine Widener
greenfeather.txt Cherokee Nation, IT 1900 Federal Census: Greenfeather Family 4KB 23 Jan 2002Sharon Hamilton
cherwest.txt Western OK Cherokee Rolls 1851-1902 9 KB 23 Jan 2002Michelle Chubenko
City Directory
File Name Description Size Date Submitted By
1896tahl.txt 1896 Tahlequah, IT 14 KB 23 Jan 2002 Michelle Chubenko
History
File Name Description Size Date Submitted By
jbacorn.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - John B. Acorn 8 KB 01 Apr 2002 Catherine Widener
jaalberty.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - John A. Alberty 6KB 01 Apr 2002 Catherine Widener
ballew_geo.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - George Ballew 4KB Aug 2002Catherine Widener
batt_is_geo.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Isaac Batt 6KB Aug 2002Catherine Widener
fjboudinot.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Frank J. Boudinot 8 KB 29 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
lsbrannon.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Lucile S. Brannon nee Haworth 3 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
hchandler.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Hattie Chandler 3 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
lschaney.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Laura Chaney nee Suagee 4 KB 01 Apr 2002 Catherine Widener
jncole.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - James N. Cole 14 KB 01 Apr 2002 Catherine Widener
rreubanks.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - R. Roger Eubanks 2 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
fsevans.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Florence Stephens Evans 5 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
jpfite.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Julia Fite nee Patton 1 KB 01 Apr 2002 Catherine Widener
rlimel.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - R. Lewis Imel 10 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
tlivers.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Tom Livers 7 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
fpalone.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Fred Palone 12 KB 29 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
mpalone.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Mary Palone nee Starr 8 KB 20 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
jbrussell.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - James B. Russell 18 KB 31 Mar 2002Catherine Widener
scraper_wm.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - William Scraper, 1st Interview 5KBAug 2002Catherine Widener
scraper_wm2.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - William Scraper, 2nd Interview 8KBAug 2002Catherine Widener
gshakingbush.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - George Shakingbush 3 KB 31 Mar 2002 Catherine Widener
stephens_spen.txt Indian Pioneer History Project Spencer Stephens 6KB Mar 2003Catherine Widener
ltaylor.txt Indian Pioneer Papers Project - Louis Taylor 13 KB 01 Apr 2002 Catherine Widener
terrapin_sm2.txt Indian Pioneer History Project Samuel Terrapin 6KB Mar 2003Catherine Widener
watt_chas2.txt Indian Pioneer History Project Charley Watt 3KB Mar 2003Catherine Widener
School Records
File Name Description Size Date Submitted By
academy.txt Roster Cherokee Baptist Academy 1903 7 KB 23 Jan 2002 Michelle Chubenko
arcadia.txt Arcadia School Report - 1900, Rose, IT 4 KB 24 Apr 2002 Michelle Chubenko
Vital Records
File Name Description Size Date Submitted By
jmcarvit.txt Some Birth and Death Records
in the Cherokee Nation
6 KB March 1997 Capt. Pat Smith

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