Native Americans

1968 6¢ Cherokee Strip stamp
September 16, 1893

Largest Land Run in Oklahoma 

On September 16, 1893, some 100,000 people raced to claim 6 million acres of land in former Indian Territory in Oklahoma.  It was the largest land run into Oklahoma and resulted in the establishment of 40,000 homesteads. 

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2018 Crater Lake stamp
May 22, 1902

Crater Lake National Park

Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902. It’s America’s fifth-oldest national park, the only national park in Oregon, and is home to the deepest lake in the country – Crater Lake.

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1923 American Indian stamp
May 13, 1916

First Native American Day

One of the first recorded celebrations of Native American Day was held on May 13, 1916, in New York. Other states adopted similar days later in the year before the first national celebrations were held in 1976. Today Native American Heritage Day is held in November, which is also American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

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2016 Arches National Park stamp
April 12, 1929

Arches National Park

Arches National Monument was established on April 12, 1929. Made into a national park in 1971, its home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. That makes it the highest density of natural arches in the world.

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Coronado Expedition stamp
February 23, 1540

The Coronado Expedition

On February 23, 1540, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado embarked on a large expedition through the American Southwest in search of the Seven Cities of Gold. Though he didn’t find the mythical cities, his was the first European expedition to see a number of sights in the area.

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 US #2175 – from the Great Americans Series
December 10, 1909

Death of Red Cloud

Oglala Lakota Indian warrior Red Cloud died on December 10, 1909.

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 US #1487 was issued for Cather’s 100th birthday.
December 7, 1873

Happy Birthday Willa Cather

Willa Sibert Cather was born on December 7, 1873, in Gore, Virginia. 

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 US #285 pictures Father Jacques Marquette preaching to a group of Native Americans.
December 4, 1674

First Building in Chicago

On December 4, 1674, Father Marquette erected the first building in what would later become Chicago.

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 US #1567 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps opened on this date in 2006 in Triangle, Virginia.
November 10, 1775

Founding Of The U.S. Marine Corps 

The forerunner of the United States Marines was established on November 10, 1775, in the midst of the American Revolutionary War.

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