The Choctaw Nation of Florida’s 77 members received the news on April 22 from Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk that they were not acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe.
Echo Hawk’s final determination came from the petitioners not meeting the mandatory Criterion 83.7(e). The criterion must show members descended from a historical Indian tribe or tribes that combined and functioned as a single entity.
Choctaw Nation of Florida claims to have migrated in the 1830s from North Carolina to Georgia before Florida as part of the Indian removals.
The Department of the Interior will post its findings on the Indian Affairs website.