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Native American Tribes: The Choctaw Tribe

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Prior to the first European settlers stepping foot onto what is now the United States, Native American tribes flourished for hundreds of years. Each tribe was unique, yet all shared in the practice of living off of natural resources the land provided. Once European settlers discovered the Americas, the tails of the country’s native inhabitants spread across the seas. These early settlers began to trade with the natives and eventually named the “Five Civilized Tribes” (Choctaw Indian Facts). These tribes included the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, and Choctaw Indians. Many Americans know and now celebrate the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek and the Seminole tribes, but are not familiar of the great Choctaw people.
The Choctaw elders would describe their home prior to the Europeans with tremendous stories. Based in legend, they would explain how the “tribe had travelled through rough terrain and impenetrable forests for months, carrying the bones of their dead ancestors” (Native Languages of the Americas, 2013). This would be strenuous journey and so the tribe itself became increasingly exhausted. At the verge of collapse, the tribe came upon a creek, which the Chief decided would become their winter home. Surviving the winter, the snow melted away and mother earth reviled to the tribe a richness of food. This creek was shadowed by a steep hill with an indent in one side, which the Choctaw named "Nunih Waya", meaning: "Productive Mound" (Native Languages of the Americas, 2013) became their home.
Moving away from the folklore of their settlement, it is now documented that the tribe’s lands included millions of acres in the Mississippi territory and spread across what is now Louisiana and Alabama. They were also a Mat...

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...storied tribe whose people are woven into American history and for this reason; we should celebrate them for their contributions and sacrifices to our country.

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Choctaw History. (2014). Retrieved April 24, 2014, from Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma: http://www.choctawnation.com/history/
Choctaw Indian Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved 04 22, 2014, from Native American Indian Facts: http://native-american-indian-facts.com/Southeast-American-Indian-Facts/Choctaw-Indian-Facts.shtml
Merriam-Webster. (2014). Dictionary. Retrieved 04 21, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/
Native Languages of the Americas. (2013). Retrieved 04 21, 2014, from Choctaw Legends, Myths, and Stories: http://www.native-languages.org/choctaw-legends.htm
The Choctaw Indian Nation. (2002, Mar 22). Retrieved 04 24, 2014, from Choctaw Indian.com: http://www.choctawindian.com/
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