Piominko & Washington: A Friendship Cut Short

Discover How the World Came to Our Door

In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, many tribes faced a critical shortage of ammunition, including the Chickasaws. Chickasaw leader Piominko subsequently made a bold offer to President Washington: he and 50 Chickasaw warriors would help defend the U.S. and join its northern forces. In return, we received ammunition, solidifying diplomatic ties and an unwavering friendship. But too soon, both leaders died, and most future presidents didn’t share Washington's high ideals of respecting tribal nations.