Oklahoma Sooners: Cherokee Land At the Heart of a State’s Identity

From Joanne Fuchs, Arkansas City, Kansas:

“Erected just south of Ark City a few miles north of OK border. Quoted from the marker, ‘As a result of the Cherokee Nation’s support of the Confederacy during the Civil War, the Cherokees were persuaded by Congress to eventually cede more than 8 million acres to the U.S. ….’

The amazing backstory to the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893, often said to be the origin of the term “Sooners.”