The Dawes Era

Centered on the Chickasaw Nation during the Dawes Era, which spans the late 19th through early 20th century, this exhibit tells the story of the Chickasaw Nation’s tribal sovereignty through the conflicting narratives and opinions regarding tribal successes in Indian Territory, the details of the Dawes Rolls and the allotment processes. 

To illustrate this history, artifacts and archival documents are on display from the Chickasaw Nation Collection, including: stickball sticks and dolls owned by original Dawes enrollees, a copy of the Sequoyah Constitution of 1905, and Homestead and Allotment patents received by Chickasaw citizens.

The Dawes Era marked a changing time for Chickasaw people, politics and culture. Visit the Special Collections Room in the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture building on campus to learn more about this pivotal period in our Nation’s history!

Chickasaw Cultural Center
867 Cooper Memorial Dr
Sulphur, OK 73086