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Race for a Dream - The Oklahoma Land Run

Race for a Dream - The Oklahoma Land Run
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     challenging words:    antsy, boomers, chickasaw, lopsided, nickname-the, pell-mell, quirt, rough-clad, sooners, stake, unused, widow, opening, announcement, wildflowers, buggy
     content words:    President Harrison, Indian Territory, Cimarron Strip, Sooner State

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Race for a Dream - The Oklahoma Land Run
By Toni Lee Robinson

1     Imagine a meadow covered with tall grass. Hills flecked with wildflowers rise to the north. A grove of swaying trees shades the eastern corner. In the west, the sunset is mirrored by a stream tripping by. Sound a bit like heaven? What if this patch of paradise were yours? It could be a dream come true.
2     That's what it seemed like to many people on March 23, 1889. On that day, President Harrison made an announcement. He declared that public lands in Oklahoma would be opened to settlers. Some people had been waiting years for such a chance.
3     The land was in the heart of Indian Territory. It was part of the land set aside for native tribes. Whole tribes from other parts of the U.S. had been moved into the area all around the land. To the north were the Cherokee. The Cheyenne lived on the west. Chickasaw land lay to the south. On the east, several tribes made their homes.
4     No one lived in the large strip smack in the middle of the region. Through its nearly three million acres, five rivers flowed. One, the Cimarron, gave the area its name. The wide, beautiful country was called the Cimarron Strip. For years, white people had wanted to settle the land.

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