Post by Diane Merkel on Mar 12, 2006 9:28:32 GMT -6
The museum is located at 507 S. 4th Street in Enid (Garfield County) Oklahoma. Admission is free. For more information, call 580-237-1907.
Museum of the Cherokee Strip in Enid will present “Escape from Indian Territory” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday [March 15] as part of its Brown Bag Lecture Series.
Vernon Maddux, history professor at Rose State College and author of “In Dull Knife’s Wake,” will be the guest speaker. The lecture will be in the church at Humphrey Heritage Village at the museum.
After Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn, the federal government moved the Northern Cheyenne Indians from the northern plains to Darlington Reservation in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Plagued by disease and hunger, unhappy with the lack of buffalo to hunt and angry over the loss of freedom, the Cheyenne broke out of the reservation in the fall of 1878 and headed north.
Maddux will discuss both the terror of white settlers as the Cheyenne fought their way through Kansas and the end of their escape as they were slaughtered by the cavalry in Nebraska.