The Tragedy of Broken Trust

A Documentary by the Choctaw & Chickasaw Nations

The Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations of Oklahoma share threads of a common history. Most Americans are aware of the forced relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes over a treacherous 600-mile journey to Oklahoma, but less known are the betrayals and broken treaty promises that occurred in Indian Territory. In 1906, as the territory moved toward Oklahoma statehood, the United States dissolved the tribes’ constitutional and democratically elected tribal governments, appointed tribal leadership to administer with limited powers and sold their timber, mineral rights and lands without providing a meaningful accounting, as required by law. The effects reverberate today.

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