Chickasaw Lawmen in Indian Territory

A Chickasaw Storytellers' Series

Decades of inaccurate portrayals of First Americans have contributed to many skewed perceptions of law and order in Indian Territory. Unlike the stereotypical characters in early movies, Chickasaw lawmen in real life were heroic and served with the highest levels of integrity. Their communities trusted them to act as judge, jury and executioner, but above all, they were peacemakers.

In the latest episode of Winter Fire, hear the historic accounts of Chickasaw Lighthorsemen, Indian Police, sheriffs and marshals whose stories have remained largely untold, until now. From the generational cultural code of honor and peacekeeping procedures to the modern Lighthorse Police, see how their duties changed over time, but never strayed from the mission to protect the Chickasaw people. Discover the journey that brought us to today, where brave officers continue the legacy of the original Lighthorse Police.