Chickasaw and Seminole Indian Agency (Oklahoma)

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United States Gotoarrow.png American Indians Gotoarrow.png Indians of Oklahoma Gotoarrow.png Chickasaw and Seminole Indian Agency (Oklahoma)

Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

History

The Chickasaw Agency was established in 1800. Before that time the agent for the Choctaw Indians had been assigned some responsibility for the Chickasaw Indians.

Agents

Gaines P. Kensbury 1837, A. N. N. Upshaw 1839, Gabriel W. Long 1849, Kenton Harper 1851 and Andrew Jackson Smith 1852

Records

Agencies and subagencies were created as administrative offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its predecessors. Their purpose was (and is) to manage Indian affairs with the tribes, to enforce policies, and to assist in maintaining the peace. The names and location of these agencies may have changed, but their purpose remained basically the same. Many of the records of genealogical value (for the tribe and tribal members) were created by and maintained by the agencies.

References


  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
  • Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online