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Mississippi Choctaw Chief named Chief Red Jacket
Posted by: Pat Dampier (ID *****5889) Date: July 15, 2003 at 17:11:09
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Looking for information on a brave Choctaw chief named Chief Red Jacket. This is NOT the famous Seneca Chief Red Jacket who was given the large silver peace medal by President Washington. I believe the Choctaw chief was a Mississippi Choctaw and, as far as I know, no one ever gave him anything, but maybe the red jacket.

Supposedly, the Choctaw Chief Red Jacket was unlettered, but never forgot anything he once learned. A dispute arose in a council between his tribe and the whites concerning a certain treaty. "You have forgotten," said the agent, "we have it written on paper." "The paper tells a lie," replied Red Jacket. "I have it written down here," he added, placing his hand with great dignity over his brow. "This is the book the Great Spirit has given the Indian. It does not lie." A reference was made to the treaty in question and the document confirmed every word the unlettered Indian warrior had uttered.

The above is taken from the books, A History of Mississippi by Richard A. McLemore (1973) and the History of the Indians by H. B. Cushman (1899). I am trying to find copies of these books through Interlibrary Loan.

I have no idea what treaty was questioned or the time frame for this event to have taken place. I have found nothing on the Internet that might help.

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