Originally the Poarch Band of Creek Indians was not known by the name of Creek. They referred to themselves as Muskogee, pronounced “muss-KOH-gee. Yet because their villages were found by the waterways of the areas, the English referred to the Muskogee Indians as Creek, which is the English name for river.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians descended from a segment of the original Creek Nation which covered nearly all of Georgia and Alabama. While most of the other Creek Indians were removed from their land, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, avoided removal and have lived together for nearly 150 years in and around the reservation located in Poarch, Alabama, off I-65 at exit 54, eight miles northwest of Atmore.
The Muskogee Inn is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians; the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in Alabama which operates as a sovereign nation with its own government, laws, and infrastructure. The Tribe owns a variety of economic enterprises and employs hundreds of area residents. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is an active partner in the state of Alabama, contributing to economic, educational, social and cultural projects benefiting both Tribal Members and residents of the local community and neighboring towns.