The Strong Identity of Chickasaw Nation

William Paul

Though there was a lot of intermarriage between Chickasaws and settlers of European descent, the leadership of the Chickasaw Nation has been able to retain its history, traditions and language. Though there are fewer full-blood Chickasaws left, the decision to assimilate was probably a wise one: assimilation was likely going to happen anyway, and in welcoming change, the Chickasaws were able to accommodate it— on their own terms.

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