Person: Thomas Harley Palmer, Myaamia Name: Katakimaankwa

  • Nationality: Myaamia
    Family Group: Richardville
  • ID: 2754
    Gender: Male
    Date of Birth: Knw 07-22-1881
    Location of Birth: N/A
    Date of Death: Knw 01-28-1965
    Location of Death: N/A
  • Biography/Notes:
    Harley Palmer was born in 1881, the son of James L. Palmer and Lizzie Lindsey. He grew up in Indian Territory, near his mother's Richardville family. He married Ada Moore on December 31, 1901. Ada was of Peoria and Wea descent, the daughter of Mary Isabelle (Labadie) Moore. Through this connection, Ada was a first cousin of another Myaamia allottee, Isadore (Labadie) Smith. Harley and Ada had eight children: Moody, Maxine, Woody, Louise, Mary, James, Gloria, and Blossom. Harley succeeded his step-grandfather Thomas F. Richardville as Chief in 1910, at the young age of 27. He went on to serve for fifty-three years, overseeing many major changes in the administration of the Miami Nation. At the beginning of his time as Chief, the nation was still under the jurisdiction of the Quapaw Agency, but that was discontinued in 1921. Many tribal members have recalled Chief Palmer visiting their farms on horseback to talk to them. After the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of 1936, Chief Palmer had the foresight to fight for the continued self-determination of the Miami Nation by overseeing the ratification of the first Tribal Constitution in 1939. He also led the Miami Tribe's early efforts before the Indian Claims Commission, which eventually secured individual payments for tribal members. He continued to serve in tribal government until 1963, when Forest Olds was elected as Chief.
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July 22, 1881

1889 Allotment

March 2, 1889

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congressa ssembled, That the provisions of chapter One hundred and Nineteen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty seven, entitled "An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations,and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes," are hereby declared to extend to and are made app...


January 28, 1965