Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Choctaws from Lacombe, Louisiana

R Joseph LaChaux R Joseph LaChaux

posted on November 25, 2010

I would like to communicate with anyone who is a descendant of Chief Joseph from Lacombe, Louisiana.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on November 25, 2010

have you contacted the natives in louisiana?

Louisiana Choctaw
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians (Federally Recognized)

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians are located in LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes. The Jena Band received federal recognition in 1995. Tribal membership totals 241.

United Houma Nation (State Recognized)

The United Houma Nation is headquartered at Golden Meadow, Louisiana and has numerous communities located in the bayous of Southeastern Louisiana. Many of their communities were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Their total population stands at 17,000. They are Choctaw-related people.

Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe of Louisiana (State Recognized)

The Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees are located in the Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes of Louisiana. The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band, Isle de Jean Charles Band, and Bayou Lafourche Band are the three ancestrally related bands or tribal communities.

Some of the tribal members refer to themselves simply as Biloxi-Chitimacha, but they are an amalgamation of several tribes which include Biloxi, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Acolapissa, and Atakapa. Each community is governed by its own tribal council and advised by their respective Council of Elders.

All three bands are in very close geographical proximity, all being within a 10-15 mile radius. Because of this closeness in geography, ancestry, and family ties it was very logical to form an alliance between the three tribal communities. Collectively they are represented by the Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees.

Choctaw-Apache of Ebarb (State Recognized)

The Choctaw-Apache of Ebarb are descendants of Choctaw and Apache people who live near the town of Zwolle, Louisiana in the extreme western part of the state of Lousiana. Their tribal enrollment stands at 2,000.

Bayou Lacombe Choctaw

The Bayou-Lacombe Choctaw community is located in the far eastern section of Louisiana, and is home to 300 tribal citizens.

Clifton Choctaw

The Clifton Choctaw are located in Clifton, Louisiana in the central part of the state and number around 500 tribal citizens.

messageboards on and might be good places to leave messages. they have tribe, location,, surname messageboards. in addition, rootsweb also has webprojects for locations, surnames, tribes. rootsweb also has worldconnnect records where people build family trees and you can try to find him on a family tree and write to the person who put up the family tree.

in any case, you should include dates, locations, children and spouse in your post so that others can see if he was in their databases.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

2 ways to search:
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

good advice about native research:

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Tina Kekoolani Gilman Tina Kekoolani Gilman

posted on December 12, 2010

please call me at 808695-0404

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 12, 2010

this might help:

this document:
Last six full-blooded Choctaw Indians remain in Bayou Lacombe in 1939.
Louisiana Works Progress Administration Collection
the louisiana archives might be a good place to start.
The Choctaw of Bayou Lacomb, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
by David I. Bushnell Jr.
Pages: 37
Contributors: David I. Bushnell Jr
Publisher: Govt. Print. Off
Place of Publication: Washington, DC
Publication Year: 1909

Tina Kekoolani Gilman Tina Kekoolani Gilman

posted on December 18, 2010

Thank you very much