Cherokee Nation Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1885

by William D. Welge, CA, Director of the Research Division

Dennis W. Bushyhead

Dennis Wolf Bushyhead was born in the Cherokee Nation east in 1826. The eldest son of Rev. Jessie Bushyhead he removed to the Cherokee Nation west in the early 1830s. At the age of 20, he was lured to the gold fields of California where he remained until 1868 upon which he returned to the Cherokee Nation settling at Fort Gibson.

By 1871, he entered the political realm whereby he was elected as Treasurer of the nation. In 1879, Bushyhead was elected Principal Chief and was reelected in 1883.

This proclamation was executed during his second and final term as Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

1885 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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