Governor Douglas Johnston

The Enduring Spirit of the Chickasaw People

As the very first governor to be appointed by the president of the United States in 1906, Governor Douglas Johnston served the Chickasaw people tirelessly for nearly 40 years. Join host Lisa Billy as she takes a biographical journey through the life of this cherished Chickasaw leader, with insight from tribal officials, historians and elders who recount the formative events that charted his legendary path to becoming a guiding light for the Chickasaw people during dark times. In this episode, hear how Governor Johnston was instrumental in preserving the cultural identity of the Chickasaw people, while protecting the Nation's sovereignty, and how his impact can still be felt today.

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Lisa Billy

An unprecedented career in the Oklahoma House of Representatives
A former small business owner and educator, Rep. Lisa Billy, a decorated Chickasaw, now serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Governor Douglas H. Johnston

The first Chickasaw governor to be appointed by the president of the United States
Johnston was the very first governor to be appointed by the president of the United States and served as the Chickasaw governor for over 30 years.

Tom Cole

Faithful and patriotic servant to his country and his tribe
The proud member of the Chickasaw Nation and fifth-generation Oklahoman serves as the Deputy Majority Whip.