OKLAHOMA (CHOCTAW) / WYOMING (ALGONQUIN) / MISSISSIPPI (CHIPPEWA)
state names that seem misplaced from their Indian names . . .
- The Choctaw were originally from the area of the lower Mississippi River,
but they were one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" that the U.S. government
moved out west.
- The Algonquin were from the Great Lakes region, and a valley in Pennsylvania
was given the name "Wyoming." That name was carried west by the white
- The Chippewa were from the upper midwest, and they named that "great river"
that originates in Minnesota. It travels a few hundred miles south before
passing the state that bears its name.