Interview with Baxter York 1974-08-22


Baxter York describes the Tribal government and councils. He discusses how Choctaws can access benefits through the Tribal organization. He recounts the story of how the Choctaw got their name and describes how his ancestors farmed and lived. York then explains the historical relationship between the indigenous people and Whites in Mississippi, telling a story about Chief Pushmataha, who Choctaw ancestors believe was killed by Whites when he was in Washington, D.C. He describes how the Choctaw who did not relocate to Oklahoma were mistreated before sharing that he believes the Tribe’s population will increase in the future.