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Watonga in Blaine County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Chief Henry Roman Nose

Chief Henry Roman Nose Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 3, 2021
1. Chief Henry Roman Nose Marker
Chief Henry Roman Nose, for whom this park is named, was one of forty-four chiefs of the Southern Cheyenne tribe. He was a council chief from 1897 until his death in 1917. Born in 1856, Roman Nose (Woqini in the Cheyenne language) grew up during a turbulent and tragic time for the Plains Indian tribes. As a teenager, Roman Nose participated in raids against white settlers and was among the warriors who surrendered in 1875 at the Darlington Indian Agency.

After serving a three-year prison sentence in Florida and receiving some education, Roman Nose returned to Oklahoma. Upon leaving the Darlington Agency, Roman Nose and his family made their home on a knoll within the valley of Bitter Creek. There is a historical marker near the center of this park that indicates the location of their tepee and dug-out. In 1912, Roman Nose had a conventional wood-frame home built on the rim of the canyon, north of the dug-out.

As a council chief, Roman Nose served his people in many ways. He helped the members of his tribe deal with profound changes in their lives. Not far removed from a free-roaming life on the plains, his people
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had to adjust to life with white society. His first wife and two infant children died of disease. Although trained as a tinsmith, he was often forced to work in jobs which he was untrained or ill-suited. Om his later years, disillusioned by unkept government promises, Roman Nose rejected white society. Roman Nose died a few days short of his sixty-first birthday.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsLaw EnforcementNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 35° 56.271′ N, 98° 25.456′ W. Marker is in Watonga, Oklahoma, in Blaine County. Marker can be reached from Local Road P20, 0.4 miles State Highway 8A, on the right. This marker stands within the Roman Nose State Park along the Natural Spring Hiking Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3236 OK-8A, Watonga OK 73772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Springing to Life (approx. 1.1 miles away); Body Found In Deep Creek 1903 (approx. 16˝ miles away).
Chief Henry Roman Nose Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 3, 2021
2. Chief Henry Roman Nose Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 159 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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