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.


The 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution: a Cornerstone for Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

By Candice Byrd
on November 22, 2017

1839. A year has passed since the forced removal of the A-ni-tsa-la-gi, or as the colonizers called them, the Cherokee people. A year since the long walk along “the trail where they cried,” where it is estimated 2,000 to 4,000 of our population perished in the harsh weather elements. Winter is gone and spring is reborn to take its place. A valley at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains where two rivers conjoin is chosen as the new capital of the ancient people and called Ta-li-quu, or “Two is Enough.” After much argument, discussion and negotiation, the ink dries on the 1839 Act of Union, binding together the governments of the newly arrived Eastern Cherokees and their kin, the Western Cherokees, also known as the “Old Settlers,” under the name of one body politic – Cherokee Nation.