The Choctaw is part of The True Book Series about American Indian Nations. This book describes the traditional culture and history of the Choctaw of the Southeast. The book begins with a basic introduction about the geographic location of the Choctaw in Mississippi. The following chapters describe the peaceful way of life these people lived in villages and farms along the Mississippi River. Crops of corn, beans, squash, sunflowers, and melons were grown. The Choctaw lived in circular lodges with cone-shaped roofs. Stick-ball, a forerunner of lacrosse, was played by the people. With the coming of the Europeans, the Choctaw tried to live in harmony with these new settlers. Despite their peaceful lifestyle, the United States government forced the Choctaw to leave their homeland and walk to an Oklahoma reservation. Many Choctaw men, women, and children died on this Trail of Tears. In spite of this harsh treatment, many Choctaw men volunteered to serve with the US army during the First World War. They distinguished themselves by developing a secret code of their Choctaw language that could be used to send messages so the enemy could not understand the orders. The Choctaw today live in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. They appreciate the rewards of a good education and have worked for years to make sure their children receive a quality education. The Choctaw people maintain their traditional cultural beliefs and many participate in special gatherings such as powwows. The final sections of the book provide a glossary, index, suggested readings, and websites for further information. Overall this book is suitable for students in grades three to five.