Plan to attend the monthly genealogy meeting on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 pm at the Red River County Chamber of Commerce meeting room on the square in Clarksville. The speaker will be Gwen Takes Horse of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, whose subject will be “The Mississippi Choctaw of the Dawes Roll.” The Dawes Rolls, or Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, were created by the United States Dawes Commission. It lists individuals accepted as eligible for tribal membership in the “Five Civilized Tribes” Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Seminoles. Those eligible for the Final Rolls were entitled to an allotment of land, usually as a homestead.
With a bit of Choctaw history thrown in, she will talk about the Choctaws who chose not to go on the Removal from Mississippi and extreme Western Alabama and the efforts to live and survive in Mississippi after the removal.
Gwen Takes Horse, Choctaw, and Chickasaw has been a Genealogist with the Choctaw Nation Membership Department for the past ten years and a Choctaw Nation employee for over 24. A Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate, she has worked as a counselor in Indian boarding schools and public schools. Before working in Genealogy, she was a Counselor for the Choctaw Nation. She is a member of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend.