Caesar Bruner band was named after Caesar Bruner, a
freedman, who was born in Florida around 1813. He arrived in Indian Territory
over the historical "Trail of Tears". Under his leadership, a small
Freedmen community called Bruner Town was formed. Several members of the
extended Bruner family settled around him. The settlement was located midway
between the present towns of Seminole and Konawa on Salt Creek. Caesar Bruner
was the son-in-law to Abraham, an interpreter for the Seminole Indians and a
Sometime in 1870, Caesar Bruner found a new location for
his people on Turkey Creek where there was plenty of room for fishing, hunting,
farming and cattle ranching.
Caesar Bruner was the first Band chief elected in the band
shortly after the Civil War and remained in that position until death on June
26, 1923 at the age of 110 years. He is buried in Mount Zion Church graveyard
which he had established for his people.
Caesar Bruner and his band promoted education for their
members and making money in the cattle business. Band members were not allowed
to commit crimes. If caught doing so, the band exacted harsh punishment.
Previous Band chiefs included Andrew Crockett and Lance and
of Freedman Caesar Bruner