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This Date in History

August 01

1615 The Huron (Wyandot) welcome Samuel de Champlain, the leader of "New France," in the region between Lake Huron and Lake Simcoe.

1835 Elias C. Boudinot, Cherokee, was born. Boudinot was a lawyer and newspaper editor. He caused considerable apprehension among the Five Civilized Tribes when he authored and had published an article in the Chicago Times in 1879 claiming that the Unassigned Lands in central Indian Territory was public domain, thus launching the era of the Boomer Movement from 1880-1886.

1844 Volume One, Number One of the Cherokee Messenger was published by the Baptist Mission press in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.

1859 Several tribes located in Texas on the Brazos Reserve are removed to southwest Indian Territory near where Fort Cobb was established. Some of the tribes included Delaware, Caddo, Nadarko, Keechi and Tawakoni.

1866 Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross dies in Washington, D.C. Ross, who was 1/8th Cherokee, served as Chief from 1828 until his death at age 76.

Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation

The Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation was established April 1, 2013, by the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The purpose of this office is multi-fold:

  • Strengthen the ties between the 39 federally recognized tribes of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Historical Society.
  • Work closely with tribal cultural preservation staff to assist with any issues that may require special expertise and guidance with culturally important materials, i.e. documents, textiles, photographs or other ephemera.
  • Conduct oral history projects with tribal Elders.
  • Provide workshops regarding preservation issues with cultural preservation staff.
  • Enhance collections development of American Indian materials.
  • Enhance research opportunities for tribal groups or individuals regarding the OHS collections.

Oklahoma Tribal Pocket Guide

Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation has recently released the Oklahoma Tribal Pocket Guide, which outlines contact information, tribal programs and leaders, culture, economics, and more for tribes headquartered in Oklahoma today. View the Pocket Guide (PDF)

Contact the AICP Office

William D. Welge, Director

Tara Damron, Deputy Director

Additional Resources

Genealogical Requests

If you are looking for genealogical information or are tracing your American Indian ancestry please visit our genealogy page or contact the OHS Research Center.