For those unfamiliar with the story of David Pendleton Oakerhater, this website from the Oklahoma State University Library features a digitized collection of correspondence and photographs from the great-granddaughter of Oakerhater's friend and sponsor, Mary Burnham. Oakerhater was a "Cheyenne warrior who became the first Oklahoman to be added to the Episcopal Church's calendar of saints." In the "Biography" link found on the left hand menu, visitors can find a very thorough life history after Oakerhater's capture as a prisoner of war in the aftermath of the Red River war. Oakerhater had ties to leaders of the American Indian assimilation movement, thus an essay on the assimilation era, written by the Intertribal Governmental Cultural Advisor at the Oklahoma City University of Law can be found in the "Essay" link, also found on the left hand menu. Visitors should also check out the "Letters" written by Oakerhater, and others involved in his life, which can be read line by line in a transcription next to an image of the letter. The text of the letters can also be searched in their entirety.


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