posted on October 27, 2012
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.