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.
Search historical Chickasaws by the era they lived.
This era spans the discovery of stone tools to the rise and fall of prehistoric cities and the beginning of the clan system.
The end of the Mississippi era was marked by the Europeans’ arrival to what they called the “New World.” Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.
La Salle launched a vigorous campaign to claim the Mississippi River basin for France. Meanwhile France, Britain and Spain continued to compete.
As the British gained their edge over France, colonists began pressing for independence. The Revolutionary War confounded the Chickasaws.
Chickasaws’ lives in their ancestral homelands drew to a sorrowful close.
Astute leadership and strategic negotiating put the Chickasaws in charge of their own removal, faring far better than the first four southeast tribes.
Oklahoma reached statehood in 1907, but tribal rights for the Chickasaw were retained in the new constitution.
With the leadership of President Richard Nixon, tribal nations were once again able to assert their sovereignty.
The Chickasaws flourish, establishing a new constitution, preserving their capitol, and building businesses to support their future.