By Nancy Marie Spears
Gaylord News 

"We are still here": Tribes reclaiming out-of-state ancestral homelands


Last updated 6/23/2022 at 9:15am

Galen Cloud

Galen Cloud poses next to a tree on his Muscogee Nation homelands in Oxford, Alabama; At right is a photo of the Arbeka ceremonial grounds in Oxford.

NORMAN, Okla.-Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen Galen Cloud complained about traffic during the 10-hour drive from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to his tribe's homeland near Oxford, Alabama-before recalling how his ancestors had to walk that distance against their will.

"You think about it and you're filled with madness, and then you just feel the pain and then you just hate to imagine what all they went through, just to get here," Cloud said.

He was headed to Oxford, where city and tribal officials have worked to protect nearby lands of the Arbeka people, whose ceremonial town was located there pre-re...

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