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probability that more land in Indian Territory will be thrown open to whit
settlement has caused a flood of inquires as to the personnel of the Indians
who lie in the territory.
are under the impression that they wear blankets and live in teepees. The Indians are as thoroughly civilized and
most of them as well educated as the upper class of citizens of the larger
five nations – Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek and Seminole. About 10 percent of the five tribes are full
bloods, while the remainder are quarter, sixteenth and thirty-second blood.
men are almost as highly educated, as well as the girls. Each nation has a school, where these young
people are educated and boarded free. The school is maintained by the United States, and all the higher
branches are taught. The Indians are
compelled to send their children to these schools. Perhaps the most
interesting characters of the Indian nation today are the girls and young
As a matter
of fact, these Indian girls of the five tribes would be at home in any drawing
room. They have been educated into by
the college teachers among them. It is
very difficult to distinguish the Indian girls of the territory from white
girls who live among them.
last quarter of a century the number of white men who have married girls
belonging to the five civilized tribes has been astonishing. The advantages of marrying these girls are
many. The men who marries one is at once
adopted into the tribe and is given a large tract of fine land and his share of
the annuity funds, which in some of the tribes amounts to $50 per month. The white adopted citizens have become a
power among the Indians of the territory and it is largely due to them – at
least, the more honest ones – that the territory is being opened to
settlement. Not long ago one of these
attractive Indian girls, for a joke, inserted an ad in a matrimonial paper, and
it was a good paper or else the ad was a very attractive one, because she
received 350 proposals of marriage.
girls have been trapped by fortune hunters so many times that they are very
suspicious of proposals of marriage from white men whom they have not known any
length of time. To protect these girls
from the clutches of unprincipled men the interior department recently made a
ruling that before a white man could marry into any of the five civilized
tribes he must present a certificated of good character from the judge of the
county where he last resided. They want
nor more criminals in the Indian race.
September 3, 1899
Herald (Omaha, Nebraska) Volume: XXXIV Issue: 338 Section: Part Three Page: 24