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    There are many Nations of natives who reside in Oklahoma Territory. I'm just wondering what Nations originally lived there.
    I know that Potawatomi originally came from Michigan & Wisconsin. Seneca were from New York. What other Nations currently reside there and were relocated to Oklahoma? Do these Nations who were relocated now practice the ways of the original inhabitants or do they follow the teachings of those where they once came from? I know that there are Lenape people who now practice the culture indigenous to their new surroundings. I'm not suggesting that all Oklahoma Lenapes do this but, just the few that I know.

    Teach us.

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    Kickapoos came from the Illinois area and Otoe-Missourias are from Yutan Nebraska along the platte river. <-- I recently was able to visit this place w/my brother. Its sad that we were displaced for some old farmer's corn. Thats all thats there now.

    Of course every tribe tries to maintain their identity and cultural practices but with hard assimilation such as ndn boarding schools and the elderly taking their knowledge with them. Its been a struggle. But tribes have adapted and acquired ways that work with the changing times and have held strong to what they have left. Some more so than others.

    anyways... that answer is vague but it answers your question. :)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by superndngyrl
      Kickapoos came from the Illinois area and Otoe-Missourias are from Yutan Nebraska along the platte river. <-- I recently was able to visit this place w/my brother. Its sad that we were displaced for some old farmer's corn. Thats all thats there now.

      Of course every tribe tries to maintain their identity and cultural practices but with hard assimilation such as ndn boarding schools and the elderly taking their knowledge with them. Its been a struggle. But tribes have adapted and acquired ways that work with the changing times and have held strong to what they have left. Some more so than others.

      anyways... that answer is vague but it answers your question. :)
      I know, eh. Language must be a big issue with such a large amount of Nations living there. It's so difficult to maintain language anywhere, especially with living, going to school and working so close to cities. There are those, though that feel quite strongly about keeping the language alive.

      It's great that you were able to go to your peoples homeland but by now you must consider Oklahoma your homeland.

      Most people like to say that we should keep our oral traditions. They're absolutely right. But don't you all think that books might be the answer to teaching our history to those who come behind us?

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      • #4
        southernplains

        my seminole tribe was from florida (what a beautiful place) I think that palm trees are in my blood cause when i'm around those palms I just feel different. my pawnee tribe was from nebraska (near the platte and loup river). my seminole tribe here in ok are real strong with the culture/language and ceremonies. my pawnee side is small. my pawnee tribe is small. like SUPERNDNGYRL said, I've also been up to nebraska and seen where my peoples came from and I GOT to say that my heart also is in them rolling hills of nebraska. Its unfortunate that we lost our sacred homeland to some old white farmer bobs who grow acres and acres of corn to only saturate them with chemicals. but one-day if not this day we'll get our old grounds back.
        "she had my back as if there were 2 of
        me and I was watching myself."
        -my love, were are you-

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        • #5
          Thank Goodness that some of the Tribes have Gaming dollars to supplement their Tribal Programs with---->such as Language, Cultural, Education, Housing, IHS, Land Acquisition...and etc. Our Tribe here, is currently waiting to receive word about the planned casino. If & when its approved, then we can "revamp" cultural programs to bring everything back to our Nation.

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          • #6
            I do not know how many tribes are living in Oklahoma but it would be interesting to hear from those that have not already replied.
            Pawnee, Ponca, Delaware, Cherokee, Kiowa, Seneca, Potawatomie, Sac & Fox.
            Choctaw? Papago? Creek? Do they live there?
            Geez, I have no idea how many others. It's nice learn of other nations, however short or long your post may be.

            Share with us.:)

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