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The Muscogee Nation Drops 'Creek' From Its Name As Part Of Rebrand

The Muscogee Nation

It's always been and always will be The Muscogee Nation.

The tribal nation is rebranding in the wake of its affirmed reservation status.

In a video message, Muscogee Nation Creative Manager Brian OnTheHill said the term "Creek" creates confusion and was never the tribal nation's proper name.

"We are changing the public's perception of who we are and what we do," OnTheHill said. "The British coined the misnomer 'Creek.' When this alias appears in parentheses alongside the proper name of the Nation, it creates confusion amongst the general public and it is often mistaken as an interpretation of 'Muscogee' or the two are read together as if it were one name."

The tribal nation says this isn't an official name change or removal of the tribal seal. Muscogee (Creek) Nation will still be listed on all official business.

But the new design, which draws inspiration from Mississipian motifs and references Muscogee-speaking tribal towns, is meant to celebrate their reservation status and sovereignty.


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Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
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