"The Story of the Choctaw Indians" From the Past to the Present - Hardback - 2018 - By Joe E. Watkins
It is difficult to adequately describe "The Choctaw" without taking into consideration the complex histories of the three federally recognized tribal groups - the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians. Although each of the three tribes is a distinct political and social entity, they all shared common homelands in Mississippi to Indian Territory. The marches to Indian Territory split up the Choctaw socially, physically, and economically. Those who survived the treks westward established a new government in a new place and eventually became the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Those who chose to stay in central Mississippi created a distinct social group that is now known as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The history of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians is rooted in families who chose to wander westward into Louisiana and Texas, and is much less documented prior to the 1880s.
Telling the story of these three distinct tribes is difficult, and occasionally unwieldy. All three groups share a general history until the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.