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
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( Louisiana)
English, Choctaw
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 located in La Salle, Catahoula, and Grant parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana.

The Jena Band received federal recognition in 1995 and has a reservation in Grant Parish, with their headquarters at Jena. Tribal membership totals 241.[1][2]


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


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.


Main article: Choctaw Culture

Choctaw culture has greatly evolved over the centuries absorbing mostly European-American influences. It was also shaped by and contributed to Spanish, French, and English colonial cultures. They were known for their rapid incorporation of modernity, developing a written language, transitioning to yeoman farming methods, and accepting European Americans and African Americans into their society by birth, adoption or marriage.


  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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