Cherokee Nation Preserves Historic Homes of Former Principal Chiefs

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Cherokee Nation Businesses Acquires Historic Homes

Cherokee Nation Businesses have recently added two more pieces of significant tribal history to their portfolio. Those pieces are the historical residences of former Principal Chiefs, J.B. Milam and Thomas Buffington. The Nation’s Chief, Hoskin Jr., announced these strategic acquisitions, underscoring their value in preserving vital aspects of Cherokee history.

The J.B. Milam Residence

Among those homes is the former residence of J.B. Milam in Claremore. It’s sprawling 3,730-square-foot area also served as Milam’s base of operations during his tenure as the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Milam is regarded as a significant figure in Cherokee history, as he committed himself to foster tribal unity, promote language preservation, and advance infrastructure development. His vision and vigor played an instrumental role in fortifying the Cherokee Nation during his term.

The Thomas Buffington Residence

The Buffington’s 2,800-square-foot house is located in Vinita and is historically significant as the first lady of the Cherokee Nation, January Hoskin, aims to foster cultural tourism among the tribe. Thomas Buffington, despite holding the esteemed position of principal chief, also involved himself actively in ranching and the oil trade. The initiative of the acquisition was driven by this vision to enhance conservation and to share the rich history encapsulated within these landmarks.

A Move of Cultural Preservation and History Documentation

Both houses have been purchased as part of cultural preservation efforts and are crucial to the documentation of Cherokee history. Milam’s home was built in 1941, strategically located near Rogers State University in Claremore. It was here that Milam worked during a key period in Cherokee history when there were attempts by the U.S. government to undermine tribal sovereignty. He was recognized by two U.S presidents and appointed Principal Chief where he solidified the foundations of the modern Cherokee Nation.

The Buffington’s residence, constructed in 1902 in Vinita, was the former chief’s home until his unfortunate demise in 1938. Buffington not only served as the principal chief twice but was also crucial representative for the Cherokee at Washington during the Curtis Act’s negotiations.

These significant structures are now under the protection of Cherokee Nation Businesses who seeks to honor the lives and legacies of the former chiefs. The plans include efforts to share insights about their lives, their passion, and their commitment to the Cherokee cause while living in these homes.