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.
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James Adair was an English trader who lived among the Chickasaw tribe and was especially fond of the Chickasaw for their loyalty to the English.
He is the highly esteemed Chickasaw leader and Governor presiding over many different government programs and tribal businesses.
Mary Frances Thompson took on the stage name Te Ata, which means “bearer of the morning” in Chickasaw.
Bienville was a French explorer of the New World in the 1700s and established himself in Louisiana Territory.
The Chickasaws began trade with the early British settlers after the establishment of the Carolina colony in 1670.
Burney served the Chickasaw Nation and its government as national treasurer and governor.
Byrd attended the Chickasaw Academy before enlisting in the Civil War. He later become governor of the Chickasaw tribe and a successful business man.
Before the tribes of Chickasaw and Choctaw were two different tribes, they were one entity under the rule of two brothers.
Known as one of America’s Five Civilized Tribes, the Choctaws are a prominent Native American tribe.
Colbert was an early leader of the Chickasaw people and was also a prominent negotiator and interpreter.
Colbert worked tirelessly as a diplomat to establish the Chickasaw tribe’s sovereignty and separation from the Choctaw Nation.
A French army officer known for his valor during the Natchez War who later became the commander of the Province of Louisiana’s Illinois District.
The Chickasaws have a turbulent history with the French and experienced tension due to their own close relationship with the British.
William Guy had a decorated military career in the Civil War and went on to serve as secretary of the Chickasaw senate and Chickasaw Nation governor.
Harris was the first governor of the Chickasaw Nation and was at the core of implementing the first Chickasaw government and constitution.
Harris was dedicated to serving the Chickasaw people and worked diligently to improve the education and overall progress of the Chickasaw Nation.
Andrew Jackson was our seventh president and a forceful proponent of Indian removal.
James served in the U.S. Navy before returning to Oklahoma and later being appointed by President John F. Kennedy as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.
Johnston was the very first governor to be appointed by the president of the United States and served as the Chickasaw governor for over 30 years.
During the time Maytubby governed there was a huge push for the Chickasaw tribe to elect their own leaders and to demand more sovereignty.
Floyd Maytubby served the Chickasaw Nation during difficult times resulting from the end of the Great Depression and the turmoil of World War II.
Maytubby was a full-blooded Chickasaw Indian and served as captain for the Confederate Army in the Civil War and was also a Chickasaw governor.
McGillivray began an alliance with Spain in 1784, in an effort to cause trouble for Americans and their supporters.
Mosely served as the 20th and 23rd Governor of the Chickasaw Nation and began his career as the interpreter for the Chickasaw legislature.
These Native American people are also known as the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and originated from the southeastern part of the United States.
The Natchez have origins dating back to the prehistoric era.
Nixon was the 37th president of the United States and it was during his term that important changes for Native American policy would take place.
Overton had a lifelong interest in the tribal affairs of the Chickasaw Nation serving in the Chickasaw legislature and as a delegate in Washington.
Pickens was a leader among native people and his foresight helped create a strong Chickasaw Nation.
Piominko was a Chickasaw Indian born around 1750 who was loyal to both his tribe and the U.S. throughout his life.
Robert de La Salle was born in 1643 in Rouen, France. He was an avid explorer and fascinated with science and nature.
Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador in the 1500s and came in contact with several Native American tribes exploring North America.
Tishominko is remembered as one of the “last great minkos of the Chickasaws.”
George Washington served as the first president of the United States and declared that a just Indian Policy was one of his top priorities.
Jonas Wolf served as a governor of the Chickasaw Nation and in the tribal legislature in addition to being an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Wolf’s Friend, also referred to as “Ugulayacabe,” was a powerful Chickasaw minko during the 1700s.