The first people to settle near the lands of Oklahoma, decided to set it aside for Indian Territory only, which was to be divided by the five most civilize tribes of the day. Most of these tribes are still around today including the Creek, Choctaw, Seminole, Cherokee and Chickasaw. Once the settlers realized the types of industry that could be made of the lands, they forced the natives to move southeast toward Oklahoma. This forced evacuation effected the Cherokee tribe tremendously because of a number of ailments that came over the people such as disease exhaustion and hunger on top of harsh weather. The path to Oklahoma was soon after name the "Trail of Tears" by the surrounding people. Years after in 1889, the government began to open up the land for sale which caused a series of "land runs." Any person that crossed the border early was breaking the rules set by the government at the time and were deemed, "sooners." Once a derogatory term to the people of Oklahoma, "sooners" was accepted to become part of the states nickname, now known to many as the "Sooner State."
Oklahoma was the official 46th state making it one of the last territories to become part of the United States in 1907. Shortly after Oklahoma City was named the state's capital. Today Oklahoma is home to the largest Native American population in the United States and has nearly 40 tribal headquarters
. With the combination of Western heritages and Native American tribes, the culture that exists in Oklahoma is unmatched by any other in the U.S.
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