Complexity in cross-cultural interaction is apparent within the Indian Claims Commission (icc) proceedings of the 1950s. The U.S. federal government and Creek Indians both in Oklahoma and east of the Mississippi joined forces to suppress the icc petition of the Yuchi, a small Native American community whose identity had been systematically denied for nearly two hundred years. Multiple perceptions of identity and history collided with the inevitable defeat of the Yuchi's petition. The more subtle concerns of political resistance and the reinforcement of Yuchi identity were not defeated but were strengthened in the process.

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