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Opathle Yahola

Opothle Yahola (c. 1798-1862) was a well-respected leader in the Creek Nation both before and after removal. He resisted efforts of the southern states to root out the Creeks and, after the Removal Act, resisted removal. As time passed, however, he came to believe that removal was inevitable and was a signer of the treaty at Washington in 1832. When the so-called “Creek War” of 1836 occurred in resistance to removal, he put his warriors at the disposal of the U. S. Army to help put down the rebellion. He and his followers removed to the Indian Territory in 1836.

Source: Angie Debo, The Road to Disappearance: A History of the Creek Indians (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1941), pp. 91-103.

Updated 8.4.2010