The Creek Nation is reclaiming its history after a 92-year struggle. On November 20, the Creek people celebrated regaining ownership of their historic Council House in downtown Okmulgee.
The Creek Nation, with 71,000 citizens, has regained its national treasure — the Council House.
“Many of our forefathers worked to build this building, so it not only houses our history, it contains the very heart of our grandparents,” said Creek Nation Second Chief Alfred Berryhill.
Built in 1878, the Council House was the meeting ground for all tribal business. But in 1918, the federal government took it from the Creeks and then sold it to the City of Okmulgee the next year.
The Creek Nation paid Okmulgee $3.2 million for the building. The Nation plans to keep the Council House as a museum to hold tribal artifacts.