Choctaw symbol for Continual Happiness Through All Stages of Life. The center circle represents The Four Ages: Infant, Youth, Middle and Old Age...Sun Symbols Happiness Sun Rays = Continual The symbol all together as one = Continual Happiness Through All Stages of Life
Most of the Choctaw left Mississippi and other Southern states on the tragic Trail of Tears, but many Choctaw decided to stay and try assimilation into American culture and life. The Choctaws are split into two distinct branches: the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Both groups faced discrimination and poverty after the Civil War until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.