Tupelo, Miss., to help build road for Chickasaw heritage center

The Associated Press and Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://djournal.com) - February 12, 2018 10:28 am

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Northeast Mississippi’s largest city is aiding the symbolic return of Indians who were evicted from the region nearly 200 years ago.

The city of Tupelo recently agreed to spend $20,000 to help build a road accessing land where the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation plans a heritage center.

The foundation preserves historic sites associated with the Chickasaw Indian nation. The center would be on 162 acres adjoining the Natchez Trace Parkway. It would need a road accessible to construction and commercial traffic, which is banned from the Natchez Trace.

The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau pledged $1 million toward the center in 2016.

Chickasaws lived in northern Mississippi and adjoining parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky until they were forced westward to Oklahoma following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


Latest Stories

State Election Board Offers Tips, Reminders for Oklahoma

(Oklahoma City) – Voters head to the polls Tuesday for the statewide primary and several nonpartisan...

NOC Arts and Adventure Camp July 18-21

Application are still being accepted for the 31st Arts Adventure Summer Camp at Northern Oklahoma College...

Oklahoma Falls To Ole Miss 4-2, Rebels Claim National Title

The Ole Miss Rebels won its first-ever Men’s National Championship in baseball after defeating the Sooners 4-2 in Game 2...