Native American History

A 2022-2023 Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant was used to make some of these documents available. Oklahoma Preservation Grants are provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society. 

This skinning knife was owned by Bell Starr. A Native American who was one of the founding fathers of Claremore and Indian Territory.

Photo with Virginia Shuth.

"Hon. Thomas J. Morgan, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. 


I Have the honor to forward herewith statements concerning R.V. Huffman, and Lee Patrick to recommend that permission be granted John B. Charles, Licensed Trader, to employ them at his establishment.

I am, Sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 

Samuel L. Patrick

U.S. Ind. Agent"

Front and back pages of a letter from the United States Indian Service. The back of this letter has been stamped by the national archives Record Group Number 71. This is dated within files of 1891-

Signature of F.A. Neal of the Sac and Fox Agency, Oklahoma Territory.  His listed occupation is Manager of a Trading Store.

Cherokee Land and Loan Co. Doing business with and for Oil and Gas Leases. This was an early merchant area of Oologah in the early 1900's.