The Oklahoma State flag honors more than 60 groups of Native American who call “the Sooner State” home. Oklahoma has the highest population of Native Americans in the U.S. The Oklahoma flag contains the battle shield of an Osage Warrior set in in a field of blue. The blue background replicates the flags carried by Choctaw soldiers during the Civil War and also denotes devotion. Native American and European symbols of peace, a calumet or ceremonial peace pipe and an olive branch, decorate the shield to indicate a united people. The crosses on the shield are Native American symbols for stars and signify high ideals. Seven feathers hang from the shield. The Oklahoma flag blends Native American and European symbols of unity and is one of the most original U.S. state flag.