Rocking Your Mocs

By Krystan Moser
on November 14, 2016

November is here, along with cooler weather, shorter days and Native American Heritage Month. Every November brings with it a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native American peoples. Presidents have issued proclamations declaring November “Native American Heritage Month” since the 1990s.

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A historical look at native beadwork

By Krystan Moser
on November 11, 2015

It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but long before the age of camera phones and Instagram there was another tool for visual storytelling: beadwork. The traditional art of beadwork has become synonymous with Native Americans, but much like the tribes themselves, traditional beadwork varies greatly by region. Southeastern tribes such as the Cherokee had a very distinctive style of beadwork that many art history enthusiasts may not be aware of.

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Order in the Courts – A Brief History of the District Courthouses of the Cherokee Nation in the 19th Century

By Krystan Moser
on August 25, 2015

Prior to the Trail of Tears and removal to Indian Territory, the Cherokee Nation existed in our eastern homelands of what are now North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. The Cherokees operated schools, courts and a bilingual newspaper and had a written constitution that laid out the foundations of a government and the laws the courts upheld.

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The Cost of Free Land

By Krystan Moser
on July 9, 2015

On September 16, 1893, a shot rang out and more than 100,000 settlers raced to stake a claim on one of 42,000 homesteads in the Cherokee Outlet. The largest of the Oklahoma land runs, the 1893 run opened more land than any other individual run.

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‘War Horse’ covers the track at Will Rogers Downs

By Alicia Buffer
on April 30, 2015

Chatter circulates the track as the trainers, jockeys and staff at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs discover there is a movie star in their midst for the spring season. The star, however, is not an actor, director or stunt double. The one they keep talking about is a horse.

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