Choctaw Nation Flag History

May 13th, 2017

The Choctaw Nation is one of the five “civilized” nations of Indians. The Choctaw people were removed to Oklahoma Indian Territory in the 1830s after the Indian Removal Act was enacted by the United States government. They were originally located in southern Mississippi and Alabama. In the 1860s, the Choctaw sided with the Confederacy during the Civil War and became the first of the five nations to adopt a flag. It could be deduced that a flag was originally adopted to represent the people in battles. The flag pictured below is the current Choctaw Nation flag.



There were three Choctaw Nation subdivisions. The three arrows in the featured image represent the chiefs of those subdivisions – Apuckshenubbee, Mosholatubbee and Pushamataha. The design is based on the Choctaw Nation seal.


The flag was redesigned in the 1970s by changing its colors. The field was changed to dark red, the ring around the center to light blue, and the center disc yellow. The peace pipe, bow and arrows became a natural brown color.


At some point after 1970, the flag was again redesigned by changing a few details. The field was changed from dark red to purple. The peace pipe, bow and arrows were changed to white and outlined in black, and black smoke rises from the peace pipe. Light green cords were added on both sides of the light blue ring. Inside the blue ring “The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation” was added. This redesigned flag is the current Choctaw Nation flag.


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