The Muscogee (Creek) are descendants, who were known for their complex cities with earthwork mounds, from the region known today as the Southeastern United States. Their original homelands are in what now comprises southern Tennessee, much of Alabama, western Georgia, and parts of northern Florida. Most of the Muscogee people were forcibly removed by the federal government from their original lands in the 1830s during the Trail of Tears to Indian Territory.
The Muscogee were the first Native Americans officially considered by the early United States government to be "civilized" under George Washington's civilization plan. In the 19th century, the Muscogee were known as one of the "Five Civilized Tribes", because they were said to have integrated numerous cultural and technological practices of their more recent European American neighbors. Today they are comprised of over 86,000 citizens.
As a culturally distinct people, the Muscogee are aware of the necessity for knowing and understanding their extraordinary historical and cultural inheritance.