For the Choctaw, what's a celebration without hominy?


Last updated 3/17/2013 at 7:25pm

Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are making corn into hominy, a process that allows for better storage of the crucial grain.

For special meals like those on birthdays and Christmas, members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians include hominy on the menu—but hominy, essentially dried corn kernels, is expensive to purchase.

That’s why USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is working to help the tribe grow and harvest hickory king corn and other heirloom white varieties and process them to make hominy.

Hominy is a traditional food for Native Americans during the winter. To help restore this tradition, NRCS provided the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, comprised of about 10,000 members acros...

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