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A Rich History

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

Have you ever wondered why the influence of Native American is predominant in Oklahoma?

You might be surprised to learn that even the state’s name can be traced back to early Native American settlers. In the Choctaw language, okla means "people;" homma or humma means "red." So Oklahoma literally means “red people.”

Certainly Native Americans have played an important role in shaping our great state, settling here nearly a half-century before the Land Run of 1889. Their contributions to our heritage are evident in everything from our state flag to the markings on our overpasses. Throughout history, Oklahoma has been home to 67 American Indian tribes, and even today, more than 35 federally recognized tribes call Oklahoma home. The state is even home to the Spiro Mounds, considered to be one of the most important Native American sites in the nation. The mounds are open to the public, weather permitting.

To get more information on the history of Native American and our state read one of our past blogs here.

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