OKLAHOMA lies on the edge of America's central plain. Lush forests have been replaced by vast Central plains where cowboys, Indians, and buffalo once roamed. This marks the frontier strip where the American Wild West flourished in contrast to the "civilized" Eastern states. During the nineteenth century this was Indian territory, occupied by tribes displaced (i.e., exiled) as European settlers moved west. It was a destination for the Trail of Tears, a series of forced removals of Native Americans from their ancestral homeland -- a sad period in our history. It's not surprising that the territories from Wyoming to Oaklahoma were among the last to be developed into statehood during the early 1900s.
Oaklahoma's name comes from the Native American okla and humma meaning "red people." Moreover, the state nickname Sooners refers to white settlers who arrived later as the government encouraged white settlement in 1889 creating a cultural mix that exists today. Both cowboys and Indians struggled to survive off the land during those early days, and the legacy is reflected as many towns are named after notable Native Americans from the Creek, Choctaw, Cherokee, and Osage tribes. This is a land of rolling hills and prairies, home to deer, antelope, and bison, and nurtured by harsh sun, thunderstorms and tornadoes -- an environment that challenges the heartiest of souls.
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