The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians celebrated Nania Waiya Day on Monday with a youth stickball match and traditional Choctaw meal.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians celebrated Nania Waiya Day on Monday with a youth stickball match and traditional Choctaw meal.
Activities were held on Monday to commemorate return of Nanih Waiya to the Choctaw people.

In the morning, an honor ceremony was held at the Nanih Waiya Ceremonial Mound. Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben, 2019-2020 Choctaw Indian Princess Elisah Jimmie, Tribal Council members, officials and members from each Choctaw community gathered together to celebrate the cultural and historical legacy of Nanih Waiya. 

The ceremony concluded with a youth stickball exhibition game and a traditional Choctaw meal.

The inaugural Nanih Waiya Day Celebration Parade was held in the afternoon in the Pearl River community, followed by the 7th Annual Nanih Waiya Day All-Star Stickball Games at CCHS Warrior Stadium.

After losing the sacred site over a century ago, Nanih Waiya was returned to the Tribe in August 2008. 

A proclamation was signed that year, which included the establishment of the second Friday in August as Nanih Waiya Day, a Tribal holiday.