Interior Board of Indian Affairs Hearings and Appeals.
Jul 11, 2013 — Today we received bad news. The IBIA is upholding the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to deny federal recognition. It is not clear why this would be an issue for denial but we intend to get to the bottom of this. This Choctaw People are located along the Chipola River and the Choctaw Village was called Oka Chipo. We have tribal estates along this river which leads to the Caverns Park. We have shown and confirmed location of these Choctaws and who they are by blood documents from the federal government. This is this Choctaw ancestoral lands and their ancestors based on genealogy records. A few days ago on the 3rd of July, we were served with a lawsuit asking for a quiet title action of 160 acres of our tribal estate. This land has been with in our family for more than one hundred years and given to each generation through probate. We do not understand this kind of mis-treatment by the government of the United States. The Friendship Treaty showed kindness to the United States.