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February 26, 2014

Author to discuss Chief John Ross

TAHLEQUAH — Dr. Gary Moulton, University of Nebraska Thomas C. Sorensen Emeritus Professor of American History, will discuss “Cherokee Chief John Ross: Yesterday and Today” at noon, Thursday, March 6, at Tahlequah’s Armory Municipal Center, 100 N. Water Ave.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is organized by the history department of Northeastern State University. It is funded in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The OHC is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities.

Moulton, a 1968 graduate of NSU, is the author of the most thorough biography of Ross and is the editor of the two-volume collection of the Cherokee chief’s writings. “He is without a doubt the authority on him,” according to Dr. Billy Joe Davis, NSU professor of history.

“Although Ross died shortly after the American Civil War, almost a century and a half ago, his goals and aspirations for the Cherokees are relevant today,” Davis added, “In fact, you couldn’t find a better role model for those who govern the Cherokees in the 21st century.”

Leader of his people from 1828 until his death in 1866, Ross campaigned to preserve Native American sovereignty, championed education for the betterment of the Cherokees, advocated the cause of his people skillfully in Washington throughout his career, guided the Cherokees through adversity, and reestablished his nation in Indian Territory after the trauma of removal.

The Moulton presentation is hosted by the Tahlequah Friends of the Library and supported by the Muskogee County Genealogical Society, the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society, the Cherokee Heritage Center, and the City of Tahlequah. The Tulsa Teacher Credit Union and BancFirst provided financial assistance for the presentation.

Brad Agnew, chair of the NSU history department, expressed his appreciation to Darry Carlstone (Friends of the Library), Anita Deiter (Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society), Alissa Gage (Muskogee County Genealogical Society), Tom Mooney (Cherokee Heritage Center), and Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols, who participated in the planning and publicizing of the presentation.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this presentation do not necessarily represent those of the OHC or NEH.

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