The Dawes Era

  • Open in the Special Collections Room during daily business hours

  • 💲Free & open to the public

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!

Upcoming Events

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  • 10:00AM

    See original portraits painted by world-renowned, Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen. This exhibition features 20 of the 48 original elder portraits.

    Noted by the award-winning Larsen as one of his...

    Dec. 1 2018 - Dec. 31 Portraits of Elders
  • 10:00AM

    The Chickasaw Cultural Center is pleased to partner with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to offer this new traveling exhibition to the Holisso: The Center for Study of...

    May. 3 - Nov. 18 Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces
  • 1:00PM

    Enjoy a hands-on, fun and educational experience at the Chickasaw Cultural Center!

    Our unique Ayowa' Garden to Gourmet agritours provide participants with the opportunity to prepare a healthy...

    Oct. 17 - Nov. 21 Ayowa' Garden to Gourmet Agritours