Starr Wars – the bloody Cherokee feud that still haunts us today.

The names of wealthy, slaveholding Cherokee families of the past are attached to cities and counties throughout Oklahoma.  Those names were also affixed to the descendants of families they enslaved.  A treaty in 1866 provided Cherokee citizenship to recently freed slaves.  Many of these “Freedmen” are listed on the final Cherokee rolls.   Without the letters, […]

Secret societies and lost gold in the Cherokee Nation

Booker T. Washington wrote, “The Indians who first met the white man on his continent do not seem to have held slaves until they first learned to do so from him.” Cherokee and other Indian tribes were traded in slavery long before any arrived from Africa. South Carolina eventually became the hub of Indian slave […]