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The Last Choctaw Removal of 1903
Presentation by: Ryan L. Spring & Deanna Byrd

Following the Indian Removal Act, Choctaw Chiefs were forced to sign the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. This treaty not only ceded the last remaining Choctaw homelands in Mississippi, but also led to the removal of over 20,000 Choctaw people to Indian Territory through a series of orchestrated removals from 1830 to 1855. The last federal removal was organized in 1903, with the intent on removing more Choctaws people to Indian Territory in time for the closure of the Dawes Rolls. In anticipation to this in 1902, land speculators were eager to exploit Choctaw families in order to take a portion of allotted lands. Over the past four years the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Department has worked to research and document these stories of the final removal with the hope of honoring our ancestors and to contribute to the family history of Choctaw people today.

Nov 8, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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