What Are Some Facts About the Muskogee Creek Tribe?


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Facts about the Muskogee Creek Tribe include that they are a part of the larger Creek Confederacy and descend from pyramid building people of the American Southwest. Another fact is they continue to be an active nation present day with a strong economy, government and educational institutions.

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The Creek Confederacy is comprised of Muscogean, Catawba, Iroquois, Shawnee and the Cherokee tribes. This group was often referred to by European settlers as the "Five Civilized Tribes." The groups economy centered on agriculture. Corn, beans, squash, melons and sweet potatoes. They were grown to supply large population centers.

The Muskogee descended from the pyramid builders of the Mississippian culture. Like the pyramid builders, the Muskogee operated a vast network of population centers that supported an estimated 20,000 people. "Mother Town's" gave birth to new tribal towns allowing the Creeks to have a flexible growth patterns.

As of 2016, the Muskogee has its headquarters in Okmulgee, Oklahoma from where the governments three branches operate. The executive branch is comprised of a Principal Chief, Second Chief, Chief of Staff, Executive Director, and Secretary of the Nation. The nation operates health centers and a housing division as well as operating vocational training and nutritional programs. The native government also funds the College of the Muscogee Nation.

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