By 1820 the national government had designated present-day Oklahoma as the hub of America’s “Indian Territory,” though official Congressional legislation occurred a decade later. Centuries of the Five Civilized Tribes living in their ancestral southeastern homelands were coming to an end.
Southeastern homelands of the Five Civilized Tribes, all known for their advanced acceptance and mastery of Western ways, before their removal to Indian Territory. (Adapted from Arkansas Historic Preservation Program)
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