The Letters of John Ross

By Cady Shaw
on June 1, 2018

Now at the John Ross Museum in Park Hill, Oklahoma, is a temporary exhibition titled “The Letters of John Ross.” The exhibit pays homage to the wordsmith that John Ross was. He was a prolific writer during his lifetime, particularly while serving as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828-1866. Throughout those years, John Ross wrote and received thousands of letters from presidents, politicians, authors, clergy, friends and family. Many of his letters were preserved and are kept in archives around the world.


Cherokee history along the western frontier

By Krystan Moser
on March 29, 2018

On Dec. 25, 1817, Major William Bradford and 64 men of the Rifle Regiment, Company A, landed at Belle Point, in what would become the state of Arkansas. Bradford and his men established the first Fort Smith there.


Russian Prince

By Gina Olaya
on February 26, 2018

Imagine yourself in the late 1800s, Tahlequah, Indian Territory. It’s Monday morning. The sun’s happily shining through a partially draped window. A family of birds, without a care in the world, continue catching unsuspecting bugs just outside your front door. A soft breeze continually taps a tree branch against the windowpane, reminding you it’s time to get up. You yawn. All of a sudden it hits you; today is music day.


W.W. Hastings – More Than A Name

By Krystan Moser
on January 22, 2018

In 1935, the city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was chosen as the site of a new 75-bed Indian hospital. The W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital opened on August 1, 1938, and was named after William Wirt Hastings, a prominent Cherokee politician, lawyer and businessman.


Cherokee Hunting

By Keli Gonzales
on January 3, 2018

ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙ (ga-no-ha-li-do) is the Cherokee word for “hunting.” Skills and traditions pertaining to hunting influence other portions of daily life for many native peoples. Hunting is still a prominent aspect of Cherokee identity. Cherokees hunted to feed themselves and their communities using various weapons, but, like many things, hunting practices changed after European contact.