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The Choctaw Agency in Mississippi is a currently operating agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Its supervising office is the Eastern Area Office.

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Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Choctaw

History

The Choctaw Agency was established in 1792 for the Choctaw living east of the Mississippi River. By 1822, the agency was located in eastern Mississippi near Oaknoxubee Creek on the road from Natchez, Tennessee to Columbus, Mississippi. By 1832, most of the Choctaw had moved to Indian Territory and the Choctaw Agency in the East was discontinued. However, many Choctaw did not remove west, and some agents were assigned from time to time for those remaining in Mississippi[1][2]

By 1918, an agency was re-established for the Choctaw in Mississippi and it continues to be an operating agency. It is located at Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Records

A small amount of correspondence for this agency, 1817-1821, is housed at the National Archives in Washington,DC[3].

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Choctaw Agency, 1824-1876, have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M234, Rolls 169-196.[3] Copies are available at the National Archives and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll numbers 1660899-1660926).

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Choctaw Agency, 1920-1935, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Roll 20[4], available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, beginning with their microfilm numbers 1724238. Reports for some years are missing.

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1926 thru 1939. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 41 and 42.[5] Copies of these records are also available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm numbers 574200-574102). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.

References

  1. Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974, p. 44-46
  2. Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981, p. 163.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Guide to Federal Records, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75. Available online.
  4. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy 1011, p. 27
  5. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy 595, p. 51
  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
  • Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
  • "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.

 

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