Oklahoma is a very interesting place when it comes to demographics. The former Indian Territory is home to people that came from all over the world, but for the most part in some way or another people in Oklahoma can trace their lineage back to one of the Native American tribes that were forced to move under the Indian Removal Act. Here is a listing of the most popular tribes in Oklahoma and where they came from:
The Cherokees of Oklahoma are centered in the northeastern part of the state in Tahlequah. Originally the Cherokees were from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Former Oklahoma and current St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is a registered Cherokee. The Cherokees have the largest population of the recognized tribes by the U.S. government.
The Creeks came to Oklahoma from southern Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Now they can be found across the state with the tribal headquarters being found in Okmulgee just south of Tulsa, OK. One notable Oklahoman from a Creek background would be country singer Carrie Underwood.
In far southeast Oklahoma you will find the majority of the Choctaws in Oklahoma. Coming from the southeastern U.S. around Mississippi you can now find almost 80,000 Choctaws in the state of Oklahoma according to the 2010 U.S. census.
Chickasaw came to Oklahoma from parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Chickasaws make up the 13th largest Native American tribe in the United States with most still living in Oklahoma. The tribal headquarters are located in Ada in the southern part of the state. Many Chickasaws can still be found in the surrounding area.
Many people may know about the Seminole people from Florida. You may not know that most Seminole’s call Oklahoma home. They now live in areas southeast of Oklahoma City, headquartered in a small town known as Wewoka. The Seminoles were actually the only tribe to never officially surrender to the United States government.
As you can see Oklahoma is home to many Native American people even still today. Most people can trace the lineage back to one of the tribes found in Oklahoma. It is important to note that there are many other tribes in Oklahoma; these would just be the most popular. As Oklahomans we take great pride in our ancestry and will never forget where we came from. It is important to us to educate the world about our people.
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