By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 30, 2020) – In Issue 16 of Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps feature, he introduces us to the Native American Territories of the Indigenous People

Steve Kovacs, Antique Map Collector, Loveland Resident (Provided) 

A Brief Story of the Indian Territory

The Indian Intercourse Act from 186 years ago reset the boundaries of the Indian Territory, which over time became Oklahoma.  Many Native American Nations, mostly from the Eastern US, were relocated to this area starting toward the end of the 18th century.  Each Nation had its own area and governance.

This all started to change in 1890 when Congress declared  part of the land to be the new Oklahoma Territory. 

This US Census Map from 1890 shows the coexisting Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory (to the west or left).  This uneasy coexistence lasted for 17 years.  Both vied for statehood, and we all know how it turned out at the end.  

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Oklahoma & Indian Territory – 1890 Census Map (Credit Steve Kovacs)