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A Convoluted Past

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Generations of Oklahoma school children dress in prairie duds every spring to commemorate the Land Rush of 1889 … from the perspective of non-Native American settlers. But with the 130th anniversary of the April 22 opening of Unassigned Lands in Indian Territory, historians examine long-term impacts of that and other historical developments affecting tribal sovereignty. “People focus on the Land Run,”...

Portraying a Vicious War

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Oklahoma’s living history interpreters know much about Civil War battles in what was then Indian Territory. They especially want to honor the sacrifices of the men who slept in canvas tents. “The deprivation of the soldier is not usually taught in any history class,” says Rick Harding, a battlefield re-enactor and living history interpreter in Bartlesville. “The common soldier had...