Wright, Muriel Hazel
- Linda W. Reese
Wright, Muriel Hazel (31 March 1889–27 February 1975), historian and Choctaw activist, was born in Lehigh, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, the daughter of Eliphalet Nott Wright, a doctor, and Ida Belle Richards, a Presbyterian missionary teacher. Wright’s one-fourth Choctaw descent was through her paternal grandfather, the Reverend Allen Wright, principal chief of the Choctaw Nation from 1866 to 1870, who proposed the name of Oklahoma for Indian Territory. Her father practiced medicine in the Choctaw Nation and served as company physician for the Missouri-Pacific Coal Mines. Throughout Wright’s youth, her father held several influential positions as a Choctaw delegate to the U.S. government during the allotment and disposition of Indian lands and the abolition of tribal governments prior to Oklahoma statehood in 1907....