George Lowrey

Symposium: From Removal to Rebirth: The Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory

Friday, April 22, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The symposium “From Removal to Rebirth: The Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory,” will be held at the Helmerich Center for American Research on April 22-23, 2016. Nationally known scholars who have specialized in the study of Cherokee history will convene for the two-day event to present findings of recent research of the museum’s own collections.

The symposium will explore the resilience of the Cherokee people during one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation’s history. From 1828 to 1866, in the face of forced relocation, internal factionalism, and repeated threats to sovereignty, the Cherokee created a strong central government, a national school system, and thriving business and cultural communities.

The period covered coincides with the tenure of John Ross as principal chief, whose papers are housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art.

Steven Inskeep, host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and author of the book Jacksonland about President Andrew Jackson’s relentless efforts to dispossess the Cherokee of their homeland, will be the symposium’s keynote speaker.

Other speakers include Candessa Tehee, Ph.D., Cherokee National Historical Society; Julie Reed, Ph.D., Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Rose Stremlau, Ph.D., Department of History, University of North Carolina, Pembroke; Cecile Ganteaume, M.A.,  Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian; Roy Boney, Jr., M.A., Cherokee Language Program, Cherokee Nation; Sharon Baker, Ph.D., Department of Urban Education, University of Tulsa;  and Natalie Panther, Ph.D., Helmerich Center for American Research. The papers presented at the symposium will help inform an exhibition on the same subject at the Gilcrease Museum.


Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Registration dates: Monday, March 14, 2016 – Thursday, April 14

Tickets: $35/Gilcrease Museum members; $50/not-yet-members
Lunch option: $20 (Friday only; see menu below)

Note: Registration is now closed for this program.

There will be a limited number of discounted tickets available for students and educators. Please contact Karol Ellington at 918-631-6412 for additional information.

Optional Lunch Menu

Watercress Salad with Pickled Mushrooms, Wild Onions, Sunflower Seeds and Berry Vinaigrette
Tsalagi Stew
Roasted Wild Turkey with Sunchoke Puree, Caramelized Onions and Pecans
Savory Roasted Root Vegetables
Grilled Three Sisters Hash
Bean Bread
Cherokee Bread Pudding with Wojapi

For more information, please contact Karol Ellington at 918-631-6412, or


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