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Seminole Nation

Library of Congress

Congress is updating the Stigler Act, the federal law governing the transfer of lands allotted to Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muskogee (Creek), and Seminole Nation citizens-- also known as the Five Civilized Tribes -- before statehood. Amendments sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole passed the House and Senate, and are expected to be signed into law by the President.

The Wewoka train depot in Wewoka, Oklahoma.
Seminole Nation Museum, Wewoka, OK

Frank Baker grew up hearing his family members use a specific expression. If something was messed up or shady, they would say it was "worse than a Wewoka switch."

He asked "How Curious:" Where did this slang come from? And what is a "Wewoka switch?" 

Gallery of the Five Civilized Tribes. The portraits were drawn or painted between 1775 and 1850.
Wikipedia Commons

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations.

Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.

The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.

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