Ned Christie, Cherokee Indian. Cherokee County, Tahlequah, Oklahoma Adair County Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation considers Ned Christie a heroic statesman who was unjustly accused of murdering a Deputy U.S. Marshal who was killed near Tahlequah, Oklahoma Territory, in 1887. A posse found him in 1892 in Adair County, Oklahoma. After ensuing gunfire, lawmen set fire to his cabin. Christie came out firing at the U.S. Deputies and was shot and killed.