By 1870, The Indian Territory had become a hellhole to live in and the honest citizens were in constant fear for their lives. The Court at Ft. Smith was considered a joke by the citizens of the territory since the Judge and Federal District Attorney were known to ‘rig’ cases to see that guilty felons were found innocent and released to commit more atrocities in the Nations. The criminal element in Indian Territory carried a lot of clout in Ft. Smith. In that year a great outcry was heard from the Five Civilized Tribes leaders and attorneys over the lawlessness that was going on in the territory committed by intruders such as whites and Negroes. The five Nations had their own courts and jails for the Indians of the Nations. The problem was with the intruders. The Indian courts had no jurisdiction over these renegades.
This year is quickly winding down, which may be good news for many given what a difficult year it’s been. Even with the pandemic, I hope everyone can count their blessings and find the positives in these trying times. Regardless of what we’re personally experiencing, we must always remember that others would give anything to have our lives. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems when God is in control.
ADA, Oklahoma -- Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19 for the Chickasaw Honor Guard building.
This week we have the Indian Pioneer Paper of Caroline Edwards. This Indian Pioneer Paper was recorded by W.P.A. field worker Maurice Anderson on September 13, 1937 at Mrs. Edwards’ residence in Pauls Valley, OK.
As the end of the year draws nearer, unfinished legislative work remains for lawmakers in both chambers of Congress. In the coming days and weeks, it is critically important that members come together to tackle the pressing work left to do.