"Watie was born in Oothcaloga, Cherokee Nation (now Calhoun, Georgia) on December 12, 1806, the son of Uwatie (Cherokee for "the ancient one", sometimes spelled Oowatie), a full-blood Cherokee, and Susanna Reese, daughter of a white father and Cherokee mother. He was named Degataga. According to one biography, this name means "standing firm" when translated to English. He loosely translated his name as simply "Stand" and combined it with his father’s name to get Stand Watie. His brothers were Gallagina, nicknamed "Buck" (who later took the name Elias Boudinot); and Thomas Watie. They were close to their paternal uncle Major Ridge, and his son John Ridge, both later leaders in the tribe. By 1827, their father David Uwatie had become a wealthy planter, who held African-American slaves as laborers.
After Uwatie converted to Christianity with the Moravians, he took the name of David Uwatie; he and Susanna renamed Degataga as Isaac. In his life, Degataga preferred to use a form of the English translation of his Cherokee name, "Stand Firm." Later, the family dropped the "U" from the spelling of their surname, using "Watie." Along with his two brothers and sisters, Stand Watie learned to read and write English at the Moravian mission school in Spring Place, Cherokee Nation (now Georgia)."
Well, pilgrims, he probably is Oklahoma's favorite Indian (native American). He was paramount chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, a slaveholder (Black slaves of course), a rich planter as his father had been in Georgia before the Great Removal (Trail of Tears). He raised a regiment of cavalry which he commanded throughout the war in good times and bad. It is little known that the Confederate government in Richmond reserved seats in their Congress for representatives of the Indian Nations which sided with them; Cherokee, Creek, Chocktaw, Seminole, etc. Indian inclination toward the CS declined during the war but then, people often drift away from causes facing defeat.
There must be a statue of this man somewhere that can be torn down, and Elizabeth Warren can demand his posthumous expulsion from her tribe.
He would have sought a ticket for tonight's rally in Tulsa. pl