The Chahta, or Choctaw, people originally made their home in the eastern part of Mississippi and western area of Alabama. In 1825, William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, met with the Choctaw and Chickasaw to convince them to move west. Although hunting parties began visiting what is now southeastern Oklahoma around 1800, it was not until 1830 that the Choctaw people were forced to relocate to the area permanently after the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was signed, ceding all remaining Choctaw homelands to the United States. Upon arriving in Oklahoma, the Choctaw people rebuilt their government and settled into life in their new home.
Today, the Tribe manages the Choctaw Casino & Resort, offering gaming, dining, live entertainment and more—all in one convenient Southeastern Oklahoma location. Choctaw art is prominent throughout the property. Artist DG Smalling worked with the tribe on cost-cutting measures that still incorporated art. The pictures in the new rooms are not framed because framed artwork can trap in moisture and potentially damage the art or create a need to reframe it. The hotel art is on canvases or features photos that are printed and put between acrylic. Since prints were used, they could be re-created and given as gifts by tribal leaders. This Choctaw art is also displayed in the hotel rooms.