The provisions in Article I were included as part of the requirement for gaining statehood. Congress passed the Enabling Act on June 16, 1906. This Act specified the conditions under which Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory could be granted statehood. The delegates were bound to follow the dictates of that Act. Section 1 was the wording chosen to comply with the Enabling Act. Sections 2 through 4 were included to meet specific requirements in the Enabling Act which permitted statehood only if the delegates “accept the terms and conditions of this Act”...
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