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ERIC Number: EJ848127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Muriel Wright: Telling the Story of Oklahoma Indian Nations
Cesar, Dana; Smith, Joan K.; Noley, Grayson
American Educational History Journal, v31 n2 p149-156 2004
The Wright family, descended from the patriarch Allen Wright, who arrived in the new Choctaw Nation after surviving the "Trail of Tears," played an important role in Oklahoma politics and society. Following removal to Oklahoma, Allen went on to become Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation and gave the name, Oklahoma, to the southwest territory. He married Harriet Newell Mitchell, a descendant of Pilgrims William Brewster and Edward Doty, voyagers on the "Mayflower." Muriel was the granddaughter of Allen, her father being the eldest of four sons and four daughters born to Allen and Harriet. Muriel's mother was also of colonial American descent, and her father was a prominent medical doctor and politician during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Muriel continued the family tradition of "leadership . . . dedication . . . [and] service" by becoming a historian and editor of the "Chronicles of Oklahoma," the journal of the state historical society. She was a registered Choctaw on the final roll of the Choctaw Nation of 1902, and was known for championing for the Indian people and for trying to tell the Oklahoma Indian story through her writings and her editorship. Given Muriel Wright's dedication to the American Indian people, the authors wondered if this commitment was discernable in the types and numbers of articles that she published in the "Chronicles" during her editorship from 1943-73. Using a Foucauldian framework, the author aims to analyze the types of articles that were published in the "Chronicles" during Wright's editorial years to determine: 1) the extent to which articles gave focus to American Indian cultures, history, politics and social life; and 2) what types of interpretations were given to Indian people and events in the articles that she published.
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Language: English
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