Waldo Emerson "Dode" McIntosh was born in 1893 in Smith County, Tennessee. He was a principal chief of the Creek tribe, the 14th member of his family to be chief, serving from 1961 to 1971. He served two terms as President of the Inter-tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, was recognized as the Indian of the Year, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society. He was proud of both his Native American and Scottish heritage. As principal chief of the Creek Nation, he successfully sued the US government for almost $4,000,000 in reparations for land taken illegally in 1814. The list of his contributions to his tribe and the United States are numerous. He died on August 28, 1991, at the age of 98.
In 1901, Dode's father, Albert Gallatin "Cheesie" McIntosh moved his family from Tennessee to Checatah, Indian Territory. He was the son of Col. Daniel N. McIntosh and, while in Tennessee, he went by the name James Gentry Brown. He became a lawyer and practiced in Carthage. He served as County Superintendent of Schools in Smith County. When he returned to Indian Territory, he resumed the McIntosh name. He later became Superintendent of Schools for the Creek Nation. He practiced law at Checotah until 1915 when he died.
Albert Gallatin McIntosh had to apply three times in order to obtain a favorable decision from the Department of the Interior.
His first affidavit was taken on June 27, 1899, after he returned to the Indian Territory in May of that year. In this affidavit, he states that he is a member of the Creek Nation, that he received payments from the Creek Nation while in Tennessee, and that the Nation knew that he was in Tennessee at the time of payment.
A second affidavit was taken on April 30, 1901, after he had again returned to the Indian Territory. This examination includes a statement that the 1890 Creek roll and 1895 Authenticated Census roll of Coweta Town were examined. A.G. with his two sons, Frieland and Van Allen, are found on the 1890 roll. Two more sons, Newman and Waldo, along with those on the 1890 roll, are found on the 1895 roll.
The Department of the Interior Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, Muskogee, Indian Territory, on May 13, 1901, denied the application for enrollment, as the family did not meet the residency requirement under the provisions of Section 21 of the 1898 Act.
A third affidavit was taken on June 10, 1901, under Section 29 of the Creek agreement of May 25, 1901.
The Department of the Interior Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, Muskogee, Indian Territory, found that under the Creek agreement of 1901, the McIntosh family were clearly entitled to enrollment.