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

    This exhibit honors Native American art, family and creative traditions that are shared between generations through an art show celebrating family bonds and cultural ties that inspire contemporary...

    Feb. 1 - Apr. 28 Lines of Lineage: The Influence of Ancestry on Contemporary Native Artists
  • 10:00AM

    Please join us as we partner with the National Park Service at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area to celebrate National Park Week.

    Race into National Park Week with the Inkana...

    Apr. 20 - Apr. 28 National Park Week