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According to oral tradition, the Kialegee are a daughter town of Tuckabatchee, splitting off in early times during their residence in what are now the states of Alabama and Georgia. In turn, Kialegee produced two daughter towns, Auchenauhatche and Hutchachuppe, within the Mvskoke-speaking core of the Creek Confederacy. All four towns were removed to Indian Territory beginning in 1835. When offered separate federal recognition in 1936, Kialegee accepted, along with two other of the forty or so Creek towns, Thlopthlocco and Alabama-Quassarte.

After removal, members of Kialegee Town lived south of present Henryetta, Oklahoma. However, with the allotment of individual lands after 1899 many citizens could be found farther west near Wetumka, where the present administration building and tribal court building are located. At the beginning of the twenty-first century funding was in place for constructing an additional building, a Family Life Center, at Wetumka. There are presently about three hundred tribal town members.

To promote economic development, Kialegee has created an Industrial Development Authority. In 2002 it announced plans for buying a service station to be run by the tribal town and for constructing a new building for the tribal court. Kialegee's government held its first election in 1914, and a constitution and bylaws came in 1941. The Kialegee constitution provides for a king or mekko as chief executive officer, assisted by warriors, a secretary, and a treasurer. Membership in the town is matrilineal, meaning that people become members automatically if their mother is a member. Children do not become members automatically through their fathers. However, there are provisions for accepting other people as members, under certain circumstances. Kialegee Tribal Town maintains a program of activities to reinforce tradition.

John H. Moore


John R. Swanton, Early History of the Creek Indians and Their Neighbors, Bulletin 73, Bureau of American Ethnology (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1922).

Muriel H. Wright, A Guide to the Indian Tribes of Oklahoma (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1951).

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John H. Moore, “Kialegee Tribal Town,” The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry?entry=KI001.

Published January 15, 2010
Last updated August 8, 2018

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