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OKLAHOMA’S FRONTIER INDIAN POLICE

Part Five

Black and White Lighthorsemen in Indian Territory

 By Art T. Burton

There were quite a few black lighthorsemen in the Creek and Seminole Nations who became renown. In the Seminole Nation, Freedman Dennis… Continue reading

OKLAHOMA’S FRONTIER INDIAN POLICE

Part Four

Other Outstanding Indian Lawmen

 By Art T. Burton

John C. West was the last captain of the United States Indian Police, and a member of the Cherokee Lighthorsemen. West stood six feet five… Continue reading

OKLAHOMA’S FRONTIER INDIAN POLICE

Part Three

Jackson William Ellis

 By Art T. Burton

Possibly the most outstanding Indian policeman was Jackson William Ellis, born in Sweet Town, Cherokee Nation in 1849. He was known as Jack Ellis and was… Continue reading

OKLAHOMA’S FRONTIER INDIAN POLICE

Part Two

Charles LeFlore

By Art T. Burton

Charles LeFlore was an outstanding but little known lawman in the history of Indian Territory. His family was one of the most prominent in the Choctaw Nation. LeFlore… Continue reading

OKLAHOMA’S FRONTIER INDIAN POLICE

Part One

By Art T. Burton

The story of the frontier Indian police in the history of Oklahoma is very important. It is one of the unsung stories in the annuals of law enforcement in the… Continue reading