Of the five counties with the highest unemployment rate in Mississippi, three were named for a politician involved in the Choctaw cession:
From 1801 to 1803, William C. C. Claiborne was Governor of Mississippi during a series of Choctaw cession treaties (Fort Adams, Fort Confederation, Hoe Buckintoopa) between the United States of America and the Choctaw nation. In exchange for land, the Choctaws were given some tools and instruction. Claiborne County has an unemployment rate of 9.8%.
During this time frame, the President of the United States was Thomas Jefferson. He commissioned four Choctaw cession treaties (Fort Adams, Fort Confederation, Hoe Buckintoopa, Mount Dexter). Jefferson County has an unemployment rate of 10.9%.
In 1816, David Holmes was Governor when the Treaty of Fort St. Stephens was signed between the United States and the Choctaw nation. The Choctaws were paid for the land, less than $8 an acre in today’s currency. Holmes County has an unemployment rate of 9.3%.
Our Father in heaven,
We are a sinful people. As an European descendant residing in Mississippi, I acknowledge the deceit, craftiness, greed, racism, indifference to the plight of our fellow men, and injustice in these Choctaw cession treaties. I acknowledge that I, too, have committed these sins.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We see through a glass darkly and do not know if there is a connection between these Choctaw cession treaties and the current high unemployment rates. If there is a curse attached to the names of these three counties, we claim the Blood of the Lamb and declare the curse null and void. We send any curses, hexes, or spells connected to these treaties to the feet of Jesus, to deal with as He will.
We bless the Choctaw people. We bless the residents of Claiborne, Jefferson, and Holmes Counties. We bless the descendants of all of the signatories of these treaties.
We bless the land of these three counties and say, Release your wealth!
Father, Your kingdom come, Your will be done for the Choctaw people, Claiborne County, Jefferson County, Holmes County, and the descendants of the signatories of these treaties.
We thank You for Your tender mercies. Amen.