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In Oklahoma the Cheyenne live in Custer County; Roger Mills County; Canadian County; Kingfisher County, Blaine County; and Dewey County  more...

In Oklahoma, the Arapaho live mostly in Blaine County, and Washita County. more...

Cheyenne-Arapaho Lands of Oklahoma

The Organic Act which provided for the organization and government of Oklahoma divided the old Indian Territory in two parts - Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory - Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation being in Oklahoma Territory.

The lands of the Cheyenne - Arapaho country were to be decided by a "land run", a race for claims in the reservation. This run was held April 19, 1892.

Prior to the passage of the Organic Act of 1890, an Indian Commission of three men were appointed to to work with the Indians and persuade them to take their lands by allotment. The surplus would then be opened for settlement. The Indian Commission worked with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes at Fort Sill for several years, and finally the Jerome Agreement was signed. The Tribes were allotted their homesteads, and the remainder of the area would be available for settlement by others.

The Cheyenne-Arapaho received allotments and the remaining land was opened for settlement. On April 12, 1892, the proclamation was issued naming noon, April 19, 1892, as the date set for the opening. An estimated 25,000 people dashed across the line in the race for homes. The Proclamation added six new counties to Oklahoma Territory. [photo]

In July 1, 1910 another proclamation in which all the lands within what was formerly the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indian Reservation, in the State of Oklahoma, and described in the said act of Congress, which in the judgment of the Secretary of the Interior are no longer needed or necessary, for the purposes for which they were originally reserved, shall be opened to entry and disposed of upon sealed bids or at public auction on and after November fifteenth, one thousand nine hundred and ten (November 15, 1910), at the City of El Reno, in the State of Oklahoma.

Cheyenne-Arapaho Lands of Oklahoma


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