Tribal Partners

Courtesy of the Muscogee Nation.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Seal

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town Flag

The Alabama-Quassarte

The Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation

The Chickasaw Nation

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation

Seal of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

 Seal for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Seal

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Miami Seal

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Seal

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Great Seal of the Muscogee Nation

The Muscogee Nation

Seal of the Osage Nation

The Osage Nation

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Seal

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

See Their Stories

Creation and Migration Stories

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana: A Brief History

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana members outline a brief history of their Tribe including their creation story, language, and enduring beliefs. 

The Chickasaw Migration Story

Chickasaw Migration

To find their homeland, the Chickasaws and Choctaws migrated across the continent. They prayed each night for direction. A force manifested in the Leaning Pole indicated which path to follow. Two brothers led the procession and the two tribes didn’t part until they reached the Mississippi River.

Growing as a People

Chickasaw Clans to Constitution

Chickasaw Clans to Constitution

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Europeans who interacted with the Chickasaws found negotiating trade or building alliances to be challenging and struggled to understand the complexity of their socio-political and kinship organization. Following the American Revolution, intrusion by Americans into the Chickasaw Homeland became a tipping point. This led to a shift in the governing structure of the tribe and the kinship-based clan system.

The Last Choctaw Removal of 1903

Choctaw Tribal members Ryan Spring and Deanna Byrd joined MDAH's History is Lunch to discuss Choctaw Removal and NAGPRA. Byrd conveys how the NAGPRA process “helps to heal the past by forging a path forward for the return of Ancestors removed from Mississippi, western Alabama, and Louisiana.” 

A Brief History of the Muscogee Nation

Muscogee Nation's Turner Hunt discusses the Tribe's removal and history linking to Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

Enduring Cultures

Chickasaw Voices of our Ancestors

Chickasaw Voices of our Ancestors

For centuries, the sacred stories of the Chickasaw people were passed down from one generation to the next in their native tongue as oral histories, chronicling the unique journeys of Chickasaw families and their shared connection to their tribe. Today, with fewer than 50 native speakers, that connection is threatened like never before—a threat set in motion over a century ago.

Journey of a Nation

Journey of a Nation

The Choctaw Story by The Choctaw Nation.