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Alabama Choctaw

Added: Sunday, February 26th 2012 at 8:03am by CherokeIrish
 
 
 

MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians (State Recognized)


The MOWA Choctaw Indians of South Alabama are a segment of the Choctaw Indians who refused to migrate from their homeland during the infamous removal known as the “Trail of Tears.” They were originally members of the Choctaw Nation relocated to Oklahoma.

After the enactment of the Trail of Tears, the President issued a degree declaring that the Indians, who in the past owned land, could homestead forty acres on the condition they no longer speak their own language, practice their religion, or call themselves a tribe. Very little is known of the MOWA Choctaw Indians between the 1830’s and 1890’s; few records were kept.

The MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians was duly incorporated in 1979 with its tribal office located in McIntosh and purchased their first 160 acres of land in south Washington County in 1983. They adopted the name “MOWA Choctaw Indians” to identify the Indians in Mobile and Washington Counties who are descended from several Indian Tribes: Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee, Mescalero, and Apache.

Today, the MOWA Choctaw Reservation is located on 300 acres in between the small southwestern Alabama communities of McIntosh, Mt. Vernon and Citronelle. Aside from the reservation, tribal citizens numbering around 3,600, live in 10 small settlements near the reservation community. In all, they number about 6,000 as of the 2000 census.

They are led by elected Chief Wilford Taylor and are some of the descendants of those Choctaw people who refused removal at the time of the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Their annual cultural festival, which includes Choctaw social dancing, stickball games, Choctaw princess contest and an inter-tribal pow wow occurs on the third weekend of June each year on their reservation lands.

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I read the wiki page about the MOWA. Had never heard of a "cajan" before. The tribes had a tough time getting recognized there.

This country was built on murder, lies and broken promises.  And we are suppose to be proud to be an American. :(

 In Oregon, they herded the Indians to a small reservation and took away their tribeship.  It took a lot of money and years in court to become recognized again. The same thing happened all over the country. 

They should rename the justice system to what it really is.... the injustice system.

 

I quite agree with you. The Native American was & still is to a large degree treated like low-class people.

 Did you get to watch the 500 nation series?  Awesome. I couldn't get through one of them without crying my eyes out. 

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