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Disclaimer: Hunter’s Home and the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) do not officially endorse the following works. This list is provided only as a guide for researchers. The OHS and Hunter’s Home are not responsible for the content found in these publications.

Though some of these works may be out of print, many of the books listed here may be found at public or university libraries and obtained through inter-library loan. Some may be ordered through the OHS Publications Division or the University of Oklahoma Press. The Chronicles of Oklahoma and The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture also have a wealth of information on the Cherokee.


Carter, Kent. The Dawes Commission. Ancestry.com, 1999.

Ehle, John. Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation. New York: Anchor Press, Doubleday Press, 1988.

Gregory, Jack and Rennard Strickland. Starr’s History of the Cherokee Indian. Fayetteville, Arkansas: Indian Heritage Association, 1967.

Hampton, David. Cherokee Mixed Bloods. Lincoln, Arkansas: ARC Press of Cane Hill, 2005.

Journal of Cherokee Studies. Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Cherokee, North Carolina.

King, Duane H., ed. The Cherokee Indian Nation: A Troubled History. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1979.

McLoughlin, William G. After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees’ Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839–1880. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

McLoughlin, William G. The Cherokees and Christianity, 1794–1870. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994.

McLoughlin, William G. Cherokees and Missionaries, 1789–1839. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984, republished Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.

Meredith, Howard L. Bartley Milam: Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Muskogee: Indian University Press, 1985.

Mooney, James. Myths of the Cherokees and Sacred Formulas in the Cherokees. Nashville: Charles Elder, 1972.

Moulton, Gary. John Ross: Cherokee Chief. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1978.

Moulton, Gary, ed. The Papers of Chief John Ross, Vol. I & II. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Perdue, Theda. The Cherokee. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989.

Ross, Mary Jane. The Life and Times of Hon. William P. Ross. Fort Smith, Arkansas: Weldon & William Printers, 1893.

Sober, Nancy Hope. The Intruders. Ponca City: Cherokee Books, 1991.

Starr, Emmet. History of the Cherokee Indians. Oklahoma City: The Warden Co., 1921, republished Muskogee: Hoffman Printing, 1984.

Strickland, Rennard. Fire and the Spirits: Cherokee Law from Clan to Court. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1975.

Woodward, Grace Steele. The Cherokees. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963.

Five Tribes

Debo, Angie. And Still the Waters Run: The Betrayal of the Five Civilized Tribes. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972.

Foreman, Grant. Indian Removal. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953.

Foreman, Grant. The Five Civilized Tribes. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1933, reprinted 1968.

Native History

Dale, Edward Everett and Jesse Lee Rader. Readings in Oklahoma History. Evanston, Illinois: Row, Peterson and Company, 1930.

Debo, Angie. A History of the Indian of the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.

Deloria, Vine Jr. American Indian Policy in the Twentieth Century. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1988.

Drinnon, Richard. Facing West. New York: Meridian, 1980.

Hudson, Charles. The Southeastern Indians. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1976.

Strickland, Rennard. The Indians in Oklahoma. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.

Vanderwerth, W.C., ed. Indian Oratory. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971.

Waldman, Carl. Atlas of the North American Indian. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1985.

Waldman, Carl. Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1988.

Civil War in Indian Territory

Cunningham, Frank. General Stand Watie’s Confederate Indians. San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1959.

Dale, Edward Everett and Gaston Litton. Cherokee Cavaliers. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1939.

Edwards, Whit. The Prairie Was on Fire: Eyewitness Accounts of the Civil War in Indian Territory. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 2001.

Fischer, Leroy H., ed. The Civil War Era in Indian Territory. Los Angeles: Lorrin L. Morrison, 1974.

Franks, Kenny A. Stand Watie and the Agony of the Cherokee Nation. Memphis: Memphis State University Press, 1979.

Gaines, W. Craig. The Confederate Cherokees: John Drew’s Regiment of Mounted Rifles. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Knight, Wilfred. Red Fox: Brigadier General Stand Watie’s Civil War Years in Indian Territory, 2d ed. Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1989.

Tahlequah and Park Hill

Ballenger, T.L. Around Tahlequah Council Fires. Oklahoma City: Cherokee Publishing Company, Inc., 1945.

Duvall, Deborah L. The Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 1999.

Duvall, Deborah L. An Oral History of Tahlequah and the Cherokee Nation. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.

Foreman, Carolyn Thomas. Park Hill. Muskogee: Park Hill Press, 1949.

Mihesuah, Devon A. Cultivating the Rosebuds. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Torkleson, Norine Allen. Pioneers of Park Hill. Tahlequah: Heritage Printing, 1985.

West, C.W. Tahlequah and the Cherokee Nation. Muskogee: Muskogee Publishing Company.

Children/Young Adults

Glassman, Bruce. Wilma Mankiller: Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Blackbirch Press, 1992.

Green, Rayna, ed. Women in American Indian Society. New York: Chelsea House, 1992.

Keith, Harold. Rifles for Watie. New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell Company, 1957.

Lowe, Felix C. John Ross. Austin: Raintree Streck-Vaughn Publishers, 1993.

Scheer, George F. Cherokee Animal Tales. Tulsa: Council Oaks Books, 1968.