Published July 14, 2018
Ownership preserves, protects nearby historic cemetery, school
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation purchased 60.81 acres near Oaks Indian Mission in Delaware County earlier this month, to help preserve and protect the area, which abuts an historic cemetery and is near a residential school for mostly Native children.
The Cherokee Nation closed on the property July 2.
“The tribe believes in protecting sites that are historically significant as well as preserving it for the betterment of our tribal citizens and environment,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “The Cherokee Nation is also stronger for the future when we add land within the jurisdiction of the tribe to our land base.”
Oaks Mission is a historic place for the Cherokee Nation. Moravian missionaries established missions among the Cherokee in the 1800s. After removal on the Trail of Tears, the mission was re-established in Oaks. The Moravian missionaries ultimately closed the mission, but it was reopened as a Lutheran mission in 1902. Today, it serves as a residential school for mostly Native children.
The tribe purchased the property from Tran & Tran, LLC. There are no immediate plans for the property.