Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

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Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
Group of Eleven Near Meadow, One in Partial Native Dress 1909.jpg
Eastern Choctaw
Total population
241[1]
Regions with significant populations
United States (Louisiana Louisiana)
Languages
English, Choctaw
Religion
Christianity, traditional beliefs
Related ethnic groups
Other Choctaw tribes, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw, Seminole, Cherokee

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians are one of three Federally recognized Choctaw groups in the United States. They are based in La Salle and Catahoula Parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The Jena Band received Federal recognition in 1995. Tribal membership totals 241.[1][2]

Government[edit]

The tribe is headquartered in Jena, Louisiana. Their current Principal Chief of the Jena Band is Cheryl Jackson Smith.[3]

Reservation[edit]

The Jena Band of Choctaw Reservation (31°26′16″N 92°29′56″W / 31.43778°N 92.49889°W / 31.43778; -92.49889) is located in two separate parts in Grant Parish, in and near the village of Creola. The larger section is located northwest of the village, while the smaller section is located within the village.

Culture[edit]

Main article: Choctaw Culture

Choctaw culture has greatly evolved over the centuries combining mostly European-American influences; however, interaction with Spain, France, and England greatly shaped it as well. They were known for their rapid incorporation of modernity, developing a written language, transitioning to yeoman farming methods, and accepting European-American and African-Americans into their society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Brief Historical Summary. Jena Band of Choctaw Indians. Retrieved on 2008-05-09.
  2. ^ Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 55 / Thursday, March 22, 2007 / Notices (PDF). Library of Congress. Retrieved on 2008-05-09.
  3. ^ "Tribal Governments by Area: Southeast." National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 7 Sept 2010)

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