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Question about access to Nanih Waiya in early 1870s

LovesGamble LovesGamble

posted on October 27, 2012

Hi there,

Can anyone tell me about Nanih Waiya during the early 1870s?

I understand it was purchased by the U.S.government in 1830 and wasn’t returned to the Choctaw Nation until 2007, but what happened to it in all the years between? In 1873 was it still owned by the government? Was it private property, and therefore not accessible by the public, or could someone visit it in the early 1870s? (1873-74 to be exact)

Also, the band of Choctaw still living in Mississippi at that time—how close did they live to Nanih Waiya’s location? I have tried to contact the Choctat Nation of Mississippi, but their email address doesn’t work.

What major towns and cities were located close to Nanih Waiya? For example, how close would the nearest town be where someone could own a large plantation, for example? Again, this would be in 1873-74.

I am writing a fictional story in which one of my characters is 1/4 Choctaw Indian descent and I’m doing some research on Nanih Waiya. Thanks for any help you can give me on this subject.

Thank you!

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 27, 2012

try the mississippi historical society or the mississippi archives.

did you try this website?

some of those have maps.
try local history books. see your local public library/interlibrary loan program for that. there may be historical books and newspapers at state archives and state historical society also.

might help

a little info here but you might find it helpful.

i think your project is a great idea.

this is a new website to me.

hope it helps you.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Aisha Deersound Linole Aisha Deersound Linole

posted on October 27, 2012

obviously it was never truly owned by anyone… feel free to take creative liberties, follow your spirit not a book

LovesGamble LovesGamble

posted on October 27, 2012 and updated on October 27, 2012


I apologize if I offended you—it was not my intention. I am going off information I found on the Choctaw Indians of Mississippi website, where it states specifically that it was purchased by the U.S. government in 1830 and returned to the Choctaw in 2007. But no where is it mentioned what happened to it in all the years between.

I just want to know if in the year 1873 could someone visit the site, walk on the property, etc., or was access banned by whoever owned it at the time.

I do however, understand what you mean, that it was never owned by anyone, but for historical accuracy I would like to know the information.


LovesGamble LovesGamble

posted on October 27, 2012

Thank you Suzanne,

I have indeed visited I tried to send them an email, in fact, but it came back to me twice, so something is wrong with their email address.

I will check the other links you suggested to see if the information is listed anywhere.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 28, 2012

i don’t know about their email address but they do own some casinos and have other property. you might call them. 601.656.5251