As reported back in 2014 by the Mississippi Press blog and WLOX TV website, the Live Oak Choctaws received state and local tribal recognition. This is a big step in the move to get the federal government to officially recognize the tribe at the federal level. You can learn more about the Live Oak Choctaws through this link – About Us page (http://www.liveoakindians.org/about-us – link no longer works as of October 2018). An update in May 2017 from a local TV station (WLOX): http://www.wlox.com/story/35453594/vancleave-live-oak-choctaws-working-towards-federal-recognition/.
Now, they’re working toward their federal recognition with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
“We’re state-recognized. We’re the only state-recognized tribe in Mississippi,” said Holloman.
So far, the road toward federal recognition has been lined with a handful of municipal and county certifications. Only three Coast cities and one county remain on the recognition to-do list: Gautier, Waveland, Biloxi and Harrison County.
It can take a long time before the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approves a tribe for federal recognition and in many cases, a tribe is never approved.