The Constitution of the State of Oklahoma
is the governing document of the U.S. State of Oklahoma
. Adopted in 1907, Oklahoma ratified the United States Constitution
on November 16, 1907, as the 46th US State. At its ratification, the Oklahoma Constitution was the longest governing document of any government in the world. All U.S. state constitutions are subject to federal judicial review
; any provision can be nullified if it conflicts with federal law
or the US Constitution
The constitution has been regularly amended, beginning with an amendment approved in the same election in which it was ratified.Goble, Danny, ","
(accessed June 23, 2010).
From 1890 onward, the land that now forms the State of Oklahoma was made up of the Oklahoma Territory
(to the west), and the Indian Territory
(to the east). Indian Territory, as its name suggests, had a large Native American population; the territory itself had been reduced over time to its then size.
The movement to secure statehood for Indian Territory began in 1902 with a convention
, consisting of representatives of the "Five Civilized Tribes
". The representatives met again in 1903 to organize a constitutional convention
The Sequoyah Constitutional Convention
met in Muskogee
, on August 21, 1905. General Pleasant Porter
, Principal Chief... Read More