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March 27, 2014
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Senate Unveils “Land Run of 1889” Painting

(L-R) Artist Wayne Cooper and State Senate Historical Preservation Fund president Charles Ford pose with “Land Run of 1889” painting sponsors Brad and Valerie Naifeh. -- Submitted Photo
For Immediate Release:

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Monday, the State Senate unveiled a landscape painting depicting the historic event that put Oklahoma on the map, the Land Run of 1889. The work, by Oklahoma artist Wayne Cooper, was sponsored by Oklahoma City businessman Brad Naifeh.

The Land Run of 1889 began the dispersion of the federal public domain in Oklahoma. The basis for opening Unassigned Lands came in 1889, when the U.S. Congress amended the Indian Appropriations Bill to authorize President Benjamin Harrison to proclaim the two-million-acre region open for settlement. Under the Homestead Act of 1862, a legal settler could claim 160 acres of public land, and those who lived on and improved the claim for five years could receive title.

It was not long after Harrison’s March 23, 1889, proclamation that Oklahoma settlement colonies were being formed in major U.S. cities. A multitude of impoverished farmers were not along in their zeal to settle the Unassigned Lands. Across the nation, prospective settlers began loading their wagons, saddling their horses and catching trains to find the most advantageous point of entry.

On April 22, 1889, an estimated 11,000 agricultural homesteads were claimed. In the months and years following, there were hardships and many were forced to contest others who claimed the same farm or lot. A few sooner contests made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. One precedent-setting case was Smith v. Townsend (1892), claimants at Edmond Stations, in which it was determined that Alexander Smith, a Santa Fe worker, had acted illegally in his run from the railroad right-of-way. The high court’s ruling in this matter caused many old boomers, such as William Couch and his family, to lose valuable claims in Oklahoma City.

By setting the stage for non-Indian settlement of other sections of Indian Territory, the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 quickly led to the creation of Oklahoma Territory under the Organic Act of 1890 and, ultimately, to the formation of the 46th state of the Union, Oklahoma, in 1907.

The oil painting was commissioned by the State Senate Historical Preservation Fund overseen my former State Sen. Charles Ford.

“This was the day that truly shaped our great state; and although, many faced hardships afterward this historic event gave birth to new hope for thousands of Americans and became an iconic image in the history of the West,” said Ford, Fund president. “I’m pleased that guests will now have the opportunity to relive that exciting event in their minds and teach their children about it. I want to thank Brad Naifeh and artist Wayne Cooper for bringing this historic event to life through this beautiful work of art.”

The painting’s sponsor Brad Naifeh is one of the owners of Central Wholesale Liquor, which is one of the leading wine and liquor distributors in Oklahoma. Today, there are five generations of Naifeh’s in the business. The company employs approximately 275 employees and owns a 250,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center in Oklahoma City. Brad has also been a dedicated community servant for the past 30 years through his volunteer work and support of Leadership Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Chamber, the Young President Association, Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII, White Fields, Children’s Medical Research Institute and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. He also serves on the board of the Oklahoma City Chamber and the Oklahoma State Chamber.

Born near Depew, Oklahoma, Wayne Cooper is an internationally known artist who specializes in Western Art. His upbringing in Oklahoma and Indian roots are the subject of many of his artistic creations. His professional career began in the early 1960s and continues today. His works, oils, water colors, charcoals, pencil, bronze sculptures, and lithographs are in many private and public collections worldwide. The Land Run of 1889 is his 19th work of art to hang in the Oklahoma State Capitol.

This and other art commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund can be found on the Senate website at

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For more information, contact: Sandra Shelton: (405) 521-5563

Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Chorus Plans
* Saturday April 5, 2014 Garage Sale
* M-F April 14-18, 2014 Bake Sale
* Wednesday April 9, 2014 HS OSSAA State Contest Mandatory for all Academically Eligible HS Students (Bring $ for Lunch Union High School)
* W April 16, 2014 JH Heartland Music Festival Money Due $57-66/student CHS Choir Room
* Thursday April 24, 2014 HS State Solo and Ensemble (HS who qualified at district) UCO, Edmond
* Friday April 25, 2014 HS State Solo and Ensemble Alternate date UCO, Edmond
* Tuesday April 29, 2014 JH and HS Dress Rehearsal Mandatory
JH 2:45-4:00PM
HS 4:15-5:30PM CHS
* Thursday May 1, 2014 JH and HS Spring Concert Show Mandatory CHS Gymnasium
* Friday May 2, 2014 JH Eligibility Check 2:30 PM- After 2:30 NO REFUNDS for Heartland CHS Choir Room
* Saturday May 10, 2014 JH Heartland Music Festival and Frontier City
Optional participation. Cost $57-66 OKC
* Tuesday May 13, 2014 JH & Vocal Cards 6th Grade Orientation @ Herald
* Monday May 19, 2014 HS Collinsville High School Graduation
* Graduation practice during school day and ceremony in the evening. TU in Tulsa
* Mon-Mon May 26-June 2 Orlando Florida 2014

-- Jana Shilling 3/26/2014

8th Grade Parent Night
Getting Ready For High School

Can you please put a link to the attached powerpoint on the website both on the middle school website and the high school website?

The slides are from the parent meeting held March 26th.

Dawn Martinez, MS, LPC candidate
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
Collinsville High School

(Power Point) Link on school web site (Middle School) 3/27/2014
Winterguard Performance Here Friday (At State Saturday)
Just a reminder that the Collinsville Winter Guard groups would like to invite all their friends and family to their annual State Send-off Preview Night! It will be held Friday March 28th, at 7:00pm, in the Middle School gym. The JV and HS groups will be performing their complete shows in preparation for their state competition on Saturday March 29th. Come out and help these girls celebrate their accomplishments this year!! -- Michelle Cross 3/27/2014
CHS Baseball Tournaments

The CHS Varsity Baseball Team is at Bartlesville's Tournament Thurs-Fri.

The JV Baseball team is hosting a JV Festival here: (Fri-Sat):
Five games Friday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, & 6:00pm.
Two games Saturday starting at 12:00pm & 2:00pm.
Teams are from Claremore, Tulsa, Union, Sallisaw, and Collinsville.
Cville JV plays at 10am Fri. vs Union and 2pm Friday and 12pm Sat (not sure who they play).
Lots of good games and ballpark food. -- Snook Bayouth 3/27/2014