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Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee

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The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is a museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma that houses the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole tribes. Housed in the historic Union Indian Agency building, the museum was opened in 1966.The museum holds an extensive collection of traditional art by artists of the Five Civilized Tribes and has the world’s largest collection of Jerome Tiger originals.HistoryThe museum originates with the Da-Cot-Tah Indian Club, who began campaigning to use the Union Indian Agency building to house it in September 1951. In 1954, the club sponsored legislation, H.R. Bill No. 8983 by U.S. Representative Ed Edmondson, that petitioned the return of the building to the municipal government of Muskogee, Oklahoma.The legislation was passed and signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and the museum was incorporated on November 19, 1955. Two years later Marie L. Wadley became the first president of the museum. The building opened its doors as the Five Civilized Tribes Museum on April 26, 1966.Union Indian Agency BuildingThe Union Indian Agency Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was constructed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1870s to house the Superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes. Until this point, each tribe had their own agency, except for the Chickasaws and Choctaws who shared one at Boggy Depot. The term, "Five Civilized Tribes", was coined around the same time as the opening of the consolidated agency building. The building was used for the offices and residence of the Indian Agency Superintendent and his family.
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  • This is a real treasure for Muskogee. So many great American Artist early work is found in these great rock walls. Jerome tiger for one. Sculptures, paintings and some really great artifacts from all ...  more »
  • I just stumbled on to this small museum and found it quite intriguing. I am fascinated with Native American history and this was a fabulous representation of the Five Civilized Tribes! I highly recomm...  more »
  • upstairs had very good collection of paintings. mostly primitive in pastels but very well done. good history on the 5 civilized tribes, need more artifacts. small museum but nice. took less than an ho...  more »
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  • An excellent place to learn about the trail of tears and the tribes that made up Indian territory. They have a rotation of art so there's always something different. It's inexpensive so you can go back often and not break the bank to see the new art.
  • Had such a great time here. Great historical artifacts and art to help anyone understand our states history. Worth the drive.
  • I love history and this place gives you a good look at the local areaand where they came from. It is small. But there is quite a bit to see.
  • Very interesting place to come with the family. We learned a lot about the different tribes and enjoyed the artwork too.
  • Very neat exhibits views but small