In January 2018, I visited the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to spend time at the Chahta Immi Cultural Center. I brought copies of photographs I found in the National Archives that detailed arts and crafts workshops sponsored by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in the 1960s and 1970s. I hoped to speak with the participants of these workshops and learn more about the aftereffects of these programs. Unfortunately, most of the participants had passed away. Nevertheless, it was wonderful for community members to see photographs of relatives that had been stored in the National Archives for decades. I left copies of these photographs with Amanda Bell, tribal archivist, along with a list of the Mississippi Choctaw items in the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Headquarters collection (now housed at the National Museum of the American Indian).
My visit was covered in the Choctaw Community News (vol. XLVII, No. 2, February 2017).