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Big Tree (1850-1929)

Kiowa chief Big Tree is still one of the most remarkable stories of personal transformation in Oklahoma history. He was born on the Southern Plains in or near present-day Oklahoma during the twilight of his tribe’s nomadic independence. He rose to warrior leadership during those days of brutal conflict with the expanding American civilization, suffered imprisonment, and lost many friends and family members. Like numerous other Plains Indian leaders, however, he eventually became a follower of Jesus Christ, embraced peace, renounced violence, and led his tribe into peaceful assimilation with American society. He also helped found a Kiowa Baptist church that still exists and served as a deacon for the final thirty years of his life.


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Oklahomans Vol 2 :

Statehood - 2020s

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