The majority of Indigenous American tribes maintained their hunting grounds and agricultural lands for use of the entire tribe.
Europeans at that time had patriarchal cultures and had developed concepts of individual property rights with respect to land that were extremely different.
State and federally recognized tribes supporting the initial festival included the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Echota Cherokees.
Many other individuals attending the first few festivals were not affiliated with specific tribes but claimed southeastern Indian ancestry.
Andrew Jackson, he later campaigned for their removal from the Southeast.
Alabama became part of the Cherokee homeland only in the last quarter of the eighteenth century.
Nevertheless, this population of Native Americans significantly contributed to the shaping of the state's history.
The differences in cultures between the established Native Americans and immigrant Europeans, as well as shifting alliances among different nations in times of war, caused extensive political tension, ethnic violence, and social disruption.
Even before the European settlement of what is now the United States, Native Americans suffered high fatalities from contact with European diseases spread throughout the Americas by the Spanish to which they had yet not acquired immunity.
Although Alabama continues to reside in the lower segment nationally in many significant social and economic rankings, there has been improvement in some areas, particularly in ethnic relations, including the integration of schools and the election of African Americans to political offices.