Cheyenne - Arapaho Lands

Oklahoma Territory

This is an Independent FREE site dedicated to the history and genealogy of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Peoples. I hope visitors to this site find the information interesting and perhaps can locate clues to help you with your family research. If you have information you would like to contribute, please feel free to contct me, Ethel Taylor and I will be happy to post it for you. enjoy your visit and stop by again.

The Nations History

For decades before the white man arrived on the scene the plains area of the country now known as the United States belonged to the roving tribes of Native Americans. This long stretch of prairie provided food, clothing and shelter to these people. Great herds of buffalo roamed from Canada south. Many followed these herds, drifting south with the winters and north in the summers. These pages concentrate on the part of the now state of Oklahoma where the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes lived.



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 Arapho tribes at Fort Sill for several years, and finally the Jerome Agreement was signed. The Tribes were alloted their homesteads, and the remainder of the remainder of the area would be available for settlement by others.

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.

The Cheyenne-Arapaho Lands became the present counties of Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Washita, and portions of Beckham, Ellis, Blaine, Kingfisher, Canadian.

The Great Western Cattle Trail ran through this reservation taking millions of Texas Longhorns to market in Dodge City Kansas, between 1880 and 1892.

If you belong to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nations, or your ancestors were Cheyenne or Arapaho, perhaps you might like to keep up with the news from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
The Bulletin
P.O. Box 38
Concho, OK 73022

and find out about subscribing to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal Bulletin, their Monthly newspaper.

Ms. Barbara Tasso-Clayton, Kingfisher, OK, a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, has provided information regarding the Cheyenne and Arapaho that were located in her area. Please check out the information Ms. Tasso-Clayton has provided for research resources. Thank you, Barbara.

Early Cheyenne and Arapaho Marriages
Cheyenne and Arapaho in Kingfisher City Cemetery
Cheyenne and Arapaho Modern Warriors

Recently a couple of handwritten letter from December, 1864 surfaced, written by a couple of soldiers, who give eye witness accounts of the Sand Creek Massacre. These soldiers refused to fire and ordered their men not to. The letters formed the basis for a congressional inquiry.

While you are visiting, please visit our Cheyenne - Arapaho Photo Album

The White Buffalo Prophecy The Legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman

Among the tribes are a few Indian women who have gained legendary status among their peoples, but the have often been relegated to mere mentions in footnotes and their deeds labeled irrelevant. One such woman warrior was E'hyoph'sta (Yellow Haired Woman) of the Cheyenne.

In August, 1861. at the outbreak of the War Between The States, Albert Pike, traveled to Fort Wichita and signed Treaties between the Confederate States of American and the Plains Tribes. Read about these treaties between them.

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This page is for queries regarding the CHEYENNE and ARAPAHO Nations . I do not have the resources to answer your questions, but hopefully other visitors can help. When you post a name, capitalize it for easier recognition. Spell it as close as you can. Put the name in the subject and also the Nation, such as "Black Kettle, Cheyenne". This will help other searchers for that Nation find your query. If you are searching for family, remember to check the Guest Book. Sometimes queries are posted there also.

Please be as accurate as possible when listing Surnames or Indian Names in ALL CAPS. List dates, if known, location, and any other data that may help locate your ancestors. Census takers often "cudn't rite to gud"! Spelling was at the descretion of the writer, and many persons are listed by their Indian names. They were mostly written down by how they sounded, because of accent, area, etc.


This is a genealogy project and queries are not to be submitted merely to establish Tribal benefits. Look ups, when offered, will be more to advise you on where to look than actually doing your research for you.

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These are a couple of resources to check with when researching your Cheyenne or Arapaho Ancestors.

United States Department of the Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
1615 East Highway 66
Concho Agency
P.O. Box 68
El Reno, OK 73036-0068
Telephone: 405-262-4857

To find out if a person is/was enrolled with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma (Their records date back to the 1936 census rolls only)

Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
Enrollment Office, Sterling Birdshead
P.O. Box 38
Concho, OK 73022-0038
Telephone: 405-262-0345
Toll Free: 1-800-247-4612
Fax: 405-262-0745; 405-422-1168



If you have resources, books, records, or any documentation, and would like to volunteer to do lookups for researchers, please contact Ethel Taylor

Oklahoma Resources

Treasure Map The How To Guide to Genealogy.
Southwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society in Lawton, a Good Connection.
Oklahoma Historical Society
Nail, National Archives Information Locator -A lot of Archives on line.

Oklahoma History WebRing #17



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