Events Leading Up to Removal

Experience Chickasaw History

National security concerns after the War of 1812 led the federal government to want control over the Indian lands along the Gulf Coast. The ancestral homelands of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations were also rich and fertile, and offered much-needed space and resources for rapidly growing populations in the states.


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Two Treaties, One Message: Move West

Neal McCaleb, Ambassador At-Large, Chickasaw Nation
The Choctaw Tribe signed the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830.

Until Removal, Treaties Ceding Land

Brad Lieb
Brad Lieb talks about the many treaties the Chickasaws negotiated beginning in 1805 and ending with the Treaty of Pontitock Creek.

Ruling the Mississippi: Removal-Era Leverage

Jeannie Barbour
Jeannie Barbour relates how the Chickasaws' strategic location and control of key waterways accelerated their development.

The Drive for Removal Begins with Jefferson

Dr. Daniel Littlefield
The Mississippi legislature was relentless about pushing for removal, and President Andrew Jackson was a leading proponent.

Removal: Benjamin Love

Tom Love
Tom Love's forebear, Benjamin Love, was on the commission sent by the federal government to scout out the state of Oklahoma just prior to removal.

McKenney's Message: Removal is Inevitable

Richard Green
Richard Green discusses the visit paid to Levi Colbert and other Chickasaw leaders by Thomas L. McKenney.

The Tragedy of Broken Trust

A Documentary by the Choctaw & Chickasaw Nations
"The Tragedy of Broken Trust" recounts a side of American history that isn’t taught in schools.

Indian Removal: Our Story

The Chickasaw Nation
American history tells the story of the Trail of Tears.