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The Cherokees and the Confederacy
This monument, placed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, stands directly in front of the Cherokee National Capitol building. It is a reminder that the Cherokee Nation was an ally to the Confederate States of America during the War Between the States. Although the war was waged several decades before Oklahoma became a state, the independent-minded Cherokees felt a much stronger affinity with the Confederate ideals of libertarianism and states rights than they did to the all-powerful federal government being advocated by Abraham Lincoln. Like the Confederates, the Cherokees held dear the principles of limited government and decentralized power guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
It amazes me that less than four decades after the gruesome injustice dealt the Indians in the infamous Trail of Tears, many hundreds of them would volunteer to fight - and many would die - for the Confederacy.
In truth, most Cherokees wanted little or nothing to do with the "white man's war." They would rather just be left alone. However, when the time came to choose, the Cherokees sided with the Confederates. The Cherokee Nation fielded several units of Confederate soldiers. One of those soldiers, Chief Stand Waite, rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate army.
General Waite was faithful to the "Lost Cause" to the bitter end. He became the last Confederate General to surrender to the Union on June 23, 1865. This was more than two months after Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee effectively ended the war by laying down his own sword to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 5, 1865.
Why the Cherokee Nation Allied Themselves with the Confederate States of America in 1861.
The first American Indian newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, was published at the old Cherokee Capital in New Echota Georgia. Made possible by Sequoyah's "Talking Leaves," the first issue rolled off the press in, both Cherokee and English, on February 28, 1828. The first editor was Elias Boudinot (Buck Oowatie), who had been educated at Cornwall, Connecticut.
The newspaper was the official voice of the Cherokee Nation for seven years in New Echota, and then it was silenced by the infamous Georgia Guard. This was at the time of the Indian Removal and the Trail of Tears.
Today the Phoenix is a free newspaper published monthly in Tahlequah, celebrating 178 years of Native American Journalism. It still features articles in both Cherokee and English, with community news, dialogue, culture and history.
First Telephone Service in Oklahoma
This small monument on the grounds of the Cherokee Capitol Building, commemorates the fact that Tahlaqueh was the site of the first telephone service in the Oklahoma Territory. When telephones were installed here in February, 1885, it was the first telephone service in the Mississippi Valley, west of St. Louis.
What I found interesting about this is that my own ancestors who lived in Atlanta, Georgia at that time, were not as technologically advanced as some of the Cherokees. In the late 1800s the Conn Family, like most people in America, were still many years away from having basic conveniences such as telephones, electricity, running water or indoor toilets.
The Cherokee Language
Only about 5% of Cherokees today speak their original language. This is due largely to the unenlightened minds of a bygone era in American History, when it was illegal for the Cherokees to bring up their children speaking their native tongue. Many Cherokee children were taken from their homes and placed in foster care with English speaking families so they could learn English.
Cherokee is a branch of the Iroquoian language in the same sense that many western languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, etc.) have their roots in Latin. Cherokee is the only southern Iroquoian language that is still spoken.
The Cherokees are the largest of America's "Five Civilized Tribes," and they were the only Native Americans to have their own alphabet and written language. The Cherokee alphabet or syllabary, with 85 characters, was the creation of Sequoyah, a remarkable Cherokee man of mixed blood from East Tennessee who lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s. This extraordinary achievement is the only known time that an individual has created a totally new system of writing. Sequoyah never learned to speak, read or write in English.
Today the Cherokees are making efforts to revive and preserve their language in several ways, including the placement of signs in both Cherokee and English. One such sign can be seen in this photo of the plate glass front of the Bank of America in Tahlequah. Many street signs and others on public and private buildings are also in both Cherokee and English.
Home of the Sequoyah High School Indians
It never ceases to amaze me how bleeding-heart liberal activists - mostly Anglo-Saxons - decry the use of "Indians" being the nickname of sports teams. At the same time the majority of Native Americans not only are not offended by such usage, but consider it an honor.
In Oklahoma, with the largest American Indian population of any state in the United States, there are at least 165 sports teams with mascots that honor their proud heritage. The local Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, which began as an Indian boarding school 1871, proudly proclaims itself to be "Home of the Indians." This is in spite of some shrill, whining souls from the misguided far-left fringe of academia who tell them they should be offended by such a term.
Scores of other sports teams throughout the state of Oklahoma call themselves "Indians" and other such endearing terms as Chiefs, Warriors, Braves, Redskins and Savages.
Hooray for the Indians!!!
My hat is off to the politically incorrect!!!
You make me proud of my own Cherokee ancestory.
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