History & Culture

The Life and Times of the Chickasaw People

Our ancestors and the events that have shaped our past tell us who we are and where we are going. The challenges and triumphs of our shared history continue to forge who we are today as our proud Chickasaw culture continues to flourish. Begin your journey here.

A New State

Oklahoma’s unique history as Indian Territory spurs legislation designed to nullify tribal governments and pave the way for statehood in 1907, yet tribal rights are retained in the new constitution. For the next 60+ years, U.S. Indian policy vacillates between assimilation, terminating tribal rights and finding ways to “manage” tribes.