George Washington and the Chickasaws: A Bond of Mutual Respect

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Soon after the Revolutionary War, Chickasaw leaders reached out to President Washington and Congress to express their joy in seeing peace and request a meeting to establish diplomatic ties. Washington agreed to the first of many meetings, and his republic upheld Chickasaw boundaries and sovereignty. The Americans and the Chickasaws built a bond of mutual respect; the great chief Piominko likened "the day whites and reds could be friends" to "getting new eyesight."