The nearly 10,000 members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians live in the eight reservation communities of Bogue Chitto, Bogue Homa, Conehatta, Crystal Ridge, Pearl River (the site of tribal headquarters, the industrial park, Pearl River Resort, the Choctaw Health Department/Center, and other main tribal
Qualifying individuals can receive more than $2,000 in assistance, elders are eligible for around $2,700 and families with children can get more than $2,800 and additional funds for education and child assistance.
The Choctaw (in the Choctaw language, Chahta) are a Native American people originally occupying what is now the Southeastern United States (modern-day Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana). Their Choctaw language belongs to the Muskogean language family group.
The state’s name, Mississippi, was the Indian name for the Father of Waters or Great Waters. Of the 82 counties in the state, 19 bear Indian names: Attala. Chickasaw. Choctaw.
To prove tribal heritage with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, you must be a descendant of someone listed as Choctaw or Mississippi Choctaw with a blood quantum on the Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory (also known as the Dawes Roll).
Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/americanindian) and Fold3 (www.fold3.com) now have the Dawes Commission census cards and packets available online as well.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs uses a blood quantum definition—generally one-fourth Native American blood —and/or tribal membership to recognize an individual as Native American. However, each tribe has its own set of requirements—generally including a blood quantum—for membership (enrollment) of individuals.
– – It may be fashionable to play Indian now, but it was also trendy 125 years ago when people paid $5 apiece for falsified documents declaring them Native on the Dawes Rolls. These so-called five- dollar Indians paid government agents under the table in order to reap the benefits that came with having Indian blood.
Having a direct ancestor on the Dawes Final Roll is a requirement for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. There is no blood quantum requirement. You might also do a free search of the Native American (including Cherokee and the Dawes Roll) records available at Nara.gov.
The term “Five Civilized Tribes” derives from the colonial and early federal period in the history of the United States. It refers to five Native American nations—the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muscogee), and Seminole. The population currently living in Oklahoma are referred to as the Five Tribes of Oklahoma.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribe whose service territory covers approximately 11,000 square miles in southeastern Oklahoma. The Nation is comprised of nearly 200,000 members worldwide, and it is the third largest tribe in the United States.
Social dance, stickball, basket making, traditional clothing, foodways, and other cultural traditions are places where the generations intersect, passing on wisdom along with recipes, advice about life as well as dance steps, and Choctaw words along with basket patterns, each generation teaching the next what it means
The Choctaw dress of today is usually of solid color of green, red, blue, purple, or other bright color with contrasting color trim.
As one of the United States’ original first nations, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is the only Federally-recognized American Indian tribe living within the State of Mississippi. We have more than 11,000 members strong. Our Choctaw lands cover over 35,000 acres in ten different counties in Mississippi.
✓ They will explore the influence of the Mississippi Native Americans by identifying and comparing the three major tribes: the Choctaw, Chickasaw and Natchez.