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MOWA Choctaw Indians


Because of the 1960’s civil rights movement, the MOWA Choctaw Indians can now claim their Indian ancestry with pride. They are trying to regain and keep some of the “old Indian ways”. One of the old customs of the Indians was a celebration known as a Pow-Wow. For the purpose of recalling and welcoming stray inhabitants of the MOWA Choctaw Indians, an annual Pow-Wow is held the third week of June. The MOWA Choctaw Indians who moved away return to the original site to visit family members, friends, and relatives. They celebrate the Indians’ independence with dancing, feasting, contests and games.

Very little is known of the MOWA Choctaw Indians between the 1830’s and 1890’s; few records were kept. There were few non-Indians living in the Indian settlement until the late 19th century. After the enactment of the Trail of Tears, the President issued a degree declaring that the Indians, who in the past owned land, could homestead forty acres on the condition they no longer speak their own language, practice their religion, or call themselves a tribe. Afraid of being forced from their homes, the Indians settled in the most isolated places because many people believed that “the only good Indian is a dead Indian”.(…)

Today, there are nearly 6,000 members of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, over 2,500 of whom live in the vicinity of McIntosh, Alabama. All the members are descendants of the original Choctaw Nation who are bound together by a complex network of multigenerational kinship.

The MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians was duly incorporated in 1979 with its tribal office located in McIntosh and purchased 160 acres of land in south Washington County in 1983. There are five officers and fourteen members of the tribe’s commission who voluntarily assist the operations of tribal affairs.

Even though the MOWA Choctaw Indians had such a long battle to regain their identity, the hard work of the leaders has made the fight a worth while effort, the Indians now have a good self-concept and can be proud of their heritage as Native Americans.

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15 Responses to "* THE MOWA CHOCTAW INDIANS (Alabama)"

My father, Fremon Byrd, was a registered member of the Mowa-choctaw tribe in Alabama. He lived in Mt Vernon and passed away there in Jan 2004. i would like to know if i could become a registered member also, I’ve always taken great pride in my father and of my native ancestry. i have my birth certificate and also a copy of his will. I live in Ocean Park, Washington. I might even be mentioned in his registry information. It is my understanding that the Mowa-choctaw tribe has finally been federally recognized.Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. my address: PO box 807, Ocean Park, WA 98640 Phone (360)593-1781. thank you!!


The MOWA are still not federally recognized as of July 2010. However, if you desire to become a registered member of the tribe and can prove you are a blood relation to a member of the tribe, then you only need to contact the Tribal Center and I think they should be able to help you.

Darby Weaver

My great uncle,j.c.Roberts,was appointed chief in 1982 and sadly he passed in 1986.I share his love of his ancestry and i am very interested in becoming a regsitered member.Please let me know how i might do this.Thankyou, Dr. Dan Toland 106 country lane Kathleen,ga 31047

I am applying to colleges my applications say that i need an identification number. How could I go about getting that?

I am not sure, maybe one of the “Blog’s” readers may can help you out…anyone know?

I will search online later, and see if I can find links to information relate to your question.
— Cathy

You’ll need to visit the Tribal Office on theRd Fox Road in Mount Vernon. Be prepared with any documentation that you may need to identify yourself.

I had my Driver’s License with me and other forms of I.D.

Umm… there are a few more things to do if you need to register and your family did not register of if your parents did not register you on the original rolls.

You can contact me or Cedric Sunray.

There is a bit of a process that must be followed with the tribal council and it is a bit lengthy as I understand it. However, if you are blood/family I also understand your request would be honored.

Darby Weaver –

Contact me for Cedric’s info if you need it. I don’t want to publish his email address on the Internet without his express permission.

I have a document with the details of the process I can send anyone who is interested.

yes. any info or help would be appreciated. thank you

where and how can one find there ancestors from the choctaw?what rolls?I know my family are on the miller rolls,then taken off,then put back,then taken off,I dont even know where to start,where do I write,or call,or email?

My father was Charles Stanley Weaver. Sadly he passed away April 15 1993. I moved away.How do I go about getting registered?


I for got to add. Cecil. Cm. Weaver. Sullivan. Mother. Was Annie. Reed. And father William. Weaver..I would like. Him to be added. To membership. Grandson to cecil. Cm. Weaver. Sullian. And his. Sons. And me. His people is my people. Married49 yrs.died. Aug.24-2013 .wait for your comment.his name. UNDERWOOD. SULLIVAN. BORN JULY 10-1944. IN FAIRFORT.AL.TOANNIE. MAE SULLIVAN. DAUGTHER OF CM WEAVER SULLIVAN

Hi Barbara , I realize this is an older post , but just came across it while I was doing some research on the MOWA. I recently became a tribal member of the MOWA and am very familiar with most of the names you’ve mentioned as I’m also doing a genealogy on my family. I’m not sure if you live locally or if you’re out of state , but I can tell you what process I had to follow. I had to write down the names of my Weaver-Rivers family and how they were related to me. I started with my personal info and then my mother , grandmother , gg-grandparents , etc. I knew that my maternal grandmother and one of my aunts were registered tribal members before their deaths. I then took this info up to the MOWA Center and Red Fox Rd. I had made an appointment to speak with Chief Framon Weaver , so he was expecting me. If you’re local and can do that , it will speed up the process. Chief Framon will take that info and present it to Tribal Council. I believe they meet once a month . Make sure to have some form of photo id with you. If it’s not possible for you to go to the center , they have a web page that has their contact information on it . Just ask if the Chief is available and if you can speak to him . Hope this helps and good luck on your journey ! By the way … I’m planning a Weaver – Rivers family reunion for Nov. 1 , 2014 . If you and your family would like to come , just let me know and if you’re on Facebook I can send you and invite with all the info as we get it planned .

My husband Underwood. Sullivan grandson.of cecil sim weaver.sullivan .his mother was Annie mae sullivan. Cecil weaver. Mother was Annie Reed.weaver her father william husban .,sent.form and money order to be member.he die august 24th2013.

If by that time made have way to go


Ok – Here’s the best way to get on the rolls officially speaking:

1. Birth Certificates/Death Certificates/Marriage Certificates – Establish who you are as far back as you can go. You can call the tribal office at 251-829-5000/5500 and ask for help to determine just how far that may actually be depending on your specific case.

2. Remember: The final rolls (tbd) will have a few restrictions, such as: you cannot be already a member of another federally recognized tribe, you may have to establish your genealogy back to certain historically referenced ancestors (good examples are: Alexander BrashearsBasiers, Robert Cole/Peter Cole/Mark Coles, Tom Gibson(Eli-Tubbee), Charles Frazier/Fraser, Charles Juzan, and the list goes on. These are some of the names of people who signed the Treaty of 1830 and most of the family members are direct descendents of. Other notable names include: Dan and Rose Reed, Dave Weaver, Lemuel Byrd, Jack/James/Jim Rivers, Chestang/Andry/Andre/Bru/Smith/Lofton/Hopkins/Orso/Snow, among others – there are more. While all of these ancestors may not be specifically Choctaw they did merge with the Choctaw Communities that have been present in the region for some 200 years now (at/or/before the Creek War 1813-1814 for example).

This is not a complete list: check the census of the area at the time and check the Treaty of 1830 – there are more Choctaw/Chickasaw Indian phonetically-spelled or mis-spelled names in question.

The more information you provide, the easier it will be. Pictures are nice, but they may not be dated, named, etc. Hard to say who is who and prove it, other that verbally.

Certified and Notarized documents are easy to follow if you have them or other copies if you are not able to get certified/notarized copies.

Make it easier on the tribal genealogist to fight for you.


Darby Weaver

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