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Oklahoma

  • By: Sarah W. French
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The state of Oklahoma is located in the heart of what is known in the United States as the Bible Belt. It is bounded by Kansas to the north; Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico to the west and south; and Missouri and Arkansas to the east. Oklahoma is the only state in the union with an oil well underneath the state capitol. Only the state of California outranks Oklahoma in the relative size of its Native American population; the state is the tribal headquarters for 39 tribes. The name of the state comes from two words meaning “red people.” Many original Native Oklahomans arrived in the state as a result of forced relocation through the Trail of Tears. Oklahoma became a state on November 16, ...

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