Removal Treaty: Self-Governance and Title

Stephen H. Greetham

In 1830, the Choctaw Nation agreed to relocate its people to west of the Mississippi River but insisted on maintaining the sovereign-nation status they had enjoyed since colonial times. In the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, a homeland-for-homeland swap took effect that guaranteed the Choctaw people self-governance and full ownership and title over their new lands.


Related Videos

5 Videos

Removal-Era Chickasaws Were Unified

Dr. Daniel Littlefield
Dr. Daniel Littlefield explains how Chickasaws remained unified and kept their essential government intact during the removal period.

Removal-Era Resolve: Resume Independent Government

Dr. Daniel Littlefield
Dr. Littlefield observes the transition the Chickasaws underwent from the system of governance by chiefs and captains to a constitution.

Removal Begins: Departure for Chickasaw Bluffs

Richard Green, Author & Former Chickasaw Nation Historian
Richard Green describes the four-district, four-captain structure in place as the first group of 4,600 Chickasaws departed their homeland.

What is Self-Governance?

Thomas John, Undersecretary of Community Services, Department of Community Services, Chickasaw Nation
Self-governance is an exercise of sovereignty, but it's more than that.

Indian Removal: Our Story

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