The Nation is one of eight state-recognized Creek Tribes in Alabama, and a founding member of the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission with membership in the Intertribal Council of Alabama and the National Congress of American Indians. Today, the Southeastern Mvskoke Nation is headquartered near Troy, AL, but the ancestors of the Nation have lived in the Deep South since time immemorial, and
our traditional lands spanned most of Alabama, Georgia, and North Florida.
The Mvskoke people were the leading cultural group in the Creek Confederacy, which was split by the Creek Civil War, the First Seminole War, and the Trail of Tears. A remnant of the Creek Confederacy, primarily Lower Creek veterans of the U.S. Volunteers during the Creek and Seminoles Wars, were permitted to stay on their ancestral land. A few were awarded small tracts of land by Congress in 1836 for their service.
The Southeastern Mvskoke society which emerged after the Indian Removal Era organized first in extended family networks, and then came together in a formal government in the mid 1900s- the Creek Indians East of the Mississippi. After the death of Chief Calvin McGhee, the Creek Indians East of the Mississippi and its citizens split along regional and political lines into the state-recognized Creek tribes of Alabama and Georgia. The modern Southeastern Mvskoke Nation carries forward the aspirations of our traditional Mvskoke peoples in today's Alabama.
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