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Bacone College, formerly known as Indian University sits in Muskogee, Oklahoma - near the end of the Trail of Tears.   Bacone College orginated in Tahlequah, Ok, but moved to Muskogee after a landgrant from the Muscogee Creek Nation.  The land deed (Lincoln Deed) executed by President Abraham Lincoln was litigated in Federal Court District 2 (New York) - as it was culturally unacceptable (per whitemans law) for Indians to transfer land to non-Indians.  Bacone and Muscogee Creek Nation triumphed in Federal Court and, thus, Indian University moved forward.   The Lincoln Deed is environmentally protected and will be scanned for inclusion in the digital archival collection.

Established in 1880 as a Christian liberal arts institution for Indians - not an industrial boarding school - Bacone proceeded to demonstrate to the world that Native Americans as able to learn and thrive as well as every other population.  The history of the college is rich and spans numerous tribes across this great land.  Included in the tribal heritage are several South American tribes!  Inclusion not exclusion is how Bacone operated and operates - all are welcome! 

Please take some time to review the collections and let us know your thoughts.  If you see someone in a photograph unidentified or mis-identified please email us at library@bacone.edu and tell us what you know!  This collection is a group effort and you are part of our group - so, come see what the cool kids did at Indian Univeristy - now known as Bacone College. 

Enjoy the trip down memory lane and remember! 

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