Cherokee Nation"; to publish editorials and articles about the Cherokee people; to publish news from local sources; and to provide his readers with news and features reprinted from other newspapers. On February 22, 1905, the Claremore State Herald became the "Official Paper for the publication of descriptions of Estray Stock and notices of sales in Cooweescoowee District."
In carrying out its first objective, the newspaper published various facts about the Indian Territory and its people, especially the Cherokees. Facts included were population and livestock figures and land ownership statistics. Practical articles on farming and cattle and poultry raising were printed to keep readers abreast of new methods and practices.
Close attention was paid to the far-reaching events then taking place among the Cherokee people. There were news stories outlining problems in compiling the tribal rolls, for example, and the paper kept readers informed on developments concerning land allotment. The State Herald also contained information on funds held in common by the Cherokee Nation. The proceedings of the various divisions of the tribal government were covered as were stories on tribal politics.
Local news was, of course, an important feature of the paper. News of people and events in Claremore dominated, but items from surrounding communities like Oolagah, Sageeyah, and Talala were printed as well. Territorial news was a staple item, along with public notices such as "The Stray Stock Law" and interviews with local officials.
Starr reprinted articles of interest from other publications, especially regarding news of legislation in Washington, of the Interior rulings that affected or concerned Indian people, and the status of several pending Indian claims. The newspaper carried little national news except that which involved issues of interest to American Indians. Other reprinted material included jokes, fiction, and humorous and inspirational verse.
How long the Claremore State Herald continued is uncertain.
Bibliography: Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936)
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Gregory