Research Suggestions

For Native American Allottees of the Five Tribes

The Muscogee Creek Nation

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is one of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole), a term that was placed upon us by Anglo Americans during the removal era of the mid-1800s. As Tribal Nations we already knew we were more civilized than the powers that were encroaching upon us with manifest destiny mindsets, being that we had for thousands of years already established multitudes of communal, cultural, spiritual, political, economic, and autonomous Tribal Town communities throughout what is known as the Southeastern United States. The Muscogee people “Mvskokvlke” had a sphere of influence in primarily all of Alabama and Georgia and extending out to parts of Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and possibly in Virginia and Kentucky where Archeological evidence is forthcoming as more studies and knowledge is gained about our prominent civilization.

In searching for your American Indian ancestor of the Five Civilized Tribes, it can become a daunting task and at times overwhelming. We are here to help you; therefore, we have provided a few links to assist you in your research! If you are using the paid subscription to and, you are already on the right track. If you have links that do not cost and still provide pertinent information feel free to post them in the comments below. Mvto! (Thank you)

First question of your search would be: Were my ancestors living in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) between 1898-1906? If yes, find out if they enrolled through the Dawes Commission. Originally the Commission started enrollment records in 1896, but it was a vague enrollment swamp of procedures where people from all over the U.S. wanted to “get on the rolls” so they could “get Indian Land.” This proved to be a disaster in an effort to dissolve tribal lands but they continued on with a modified system in 1898. If your ancestor was born after 1906 they will not be on the Dawes Roll, they are called “too laters.” But you may still find information on them through probates or family members who were on the Dawes Roll.

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The Voices of Our Mvskoke Ancestors

“In honor of our ancestors, who were under attack for their language, lands, heritage, and traditions, we continue the journey!”

Tatianna Duncan, Executive Director,
The Lucinda Hickory Research Institute

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