From Tallassee, AL to Tulsey, I.T.: The Creek Story of Tulsa
Presentation by J.D. Colbert
Saturday, April 23rd
Two Presentations: 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
It is widely believed that the history of Tulsa only dates to 1882 with the arrival of the Frisco railroad in Tulsa. However, the history of Tulsa can actually be traced to the arrival of DeSoto at Talisi (present day Tallassee, AL) in 1541. As such, the City of Tulsa may be said to be one of the oldest cities on the North American continent.
This presentation, From Tallassee, AL to Tulsey, I.T., will tell this rich, but mostly unknown, early history of Tulsa. It is the story of the Creek founders of Tulsa-the Locvpokv Creek tribal town- and is set against the backdrop of monumental events such as the tidal wave of European immigrants to the Creek homelands in present day Georgia, Alabama and Florida; the Creek Civil War; the Trail of Tears, the U.S. Civil War; the Dawes Allotment Act and the transition of Tulsa from Creek town to Oil Capital of the World.
Along the way we will meet outsized and historic individuals who each played a significant role in Tulsa’s early history such as Benjamin Hawkins, Opothleyahola of the Upper Creeks, William McIntosh of the Lower Creeks, Benjamin Perryman, James Sanford of the Alabama Emigrating Company, Mekko Archee Yahola (generally considered as the First Mayor of Tulsa), George B. Perryman and Tuckabachee, a Locvpokv citizen who lived to be 100 years old and whose life and legacy is widely compared to that of Geronimo.
This early Creek history established the foundation for the rise of the modern city of Tulsa. It is a fascinating, exciting and colorful history. From Tallassee, AL to Tulsey, I.T.; The Creek Story of Tulsa is a shared history between and among all contemporary Tulsans. In the end, it is a unique and proud history that animates the greatness of the city of Tulsa.
Presenter J.D. Colbert
Mr. Colbert (Muscogee-Creek/Chickasaw) is the nation’s most recognized and foremost expert on matters related to commercial banking and Indian tribes. Since 1987 he has assisted Indian tribes in starting or acquiring various types of financial institutions.
During his 30+ year career, Mr. Colbert has served as president/CEO of three different banks; a board member of five banks; Founding Executive Director of the North American Native Bankers Association (an association of Native-owned banks in the US and Canada); He has assisted over a dozen Indian tribes in acquiring or starting commercial banks.
Mr. Colbert served a White House appointment to the Board of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund at US Treasury and he has actively assisted many Indian tribes and Native groups to start Community Development Financial Institutions.
He has managed over $22 billion under the US Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (a/k/a the Bank Bailout Bill) and was a board member of a $13 billion pension fund and formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary – Bureau of Indian Affairs for Economic Development where his duties included overseeing the $3 billion Indian Trust Fund and the BIA Loan Guaranty Fund.
Mr. Colbert began his career as a Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. As such, he was the first Native American federal bank examiner in the history of the U.S. bank regulation system.
Mr. Colbert is active in legal, regulatory and policy formulation in the areas of banking, community development, economic development and Federal-Indian policy. He is a widely published author of op-ed pieces on subject matters related to banking as well as issues in Indian Country.
He holds an undergraduate degree in business management from the University of Oklahoma as well as masters degrees from both Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.