Warrior Spirit

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Unconquered and unconquerable, the spirit of the Chickasaw warrior lives on in unwavering determination, a fierce competitiveness, and focused attention on the path to success in the modern world. See where it started in the history of Chickasaw warriors.

The Chickasaw Warrior Tradition

Jeannie Barbour

Jeannie Barbour, Creative Development Director of the Chickasaw Nation Communications & Community Development, describes how necessary the Chickasaw "warrior tradition" was in defending villages and boundaries against attacks and intrusion. The success of the warriors, many of which were women, was considered "strong medicine."

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The Warrior Mentality: Strong, Determined

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Our Warrior Identity Is Timeless

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Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham says that the Chickasaw warrior tradition dates back to the tribe's first contact with De Soto.

A Strategy to Lose No Chickasaw Warrior

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Recognizing that the Spaniards were greater in number and firepower, the Chickasaws were prepared to lose a battle against them.

The Lords of the Mississippi: What the Warrior Spirit Means to the Chickasaws

T.W. Shannon, Chickasaw Citizen and Former Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
The Chickasaw warrior was revered by European colonists, colonial governors, presidents and kings.

A Warrior's Support System

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It wasn't until Matthew Neumeyer's military career took him far away from his homelands that he realized what his tribal identity truly meant.

Chickasaw Women: Rallying the Warriors

LaDonna Brown
Chickasaw women who wanted to be warriors became warriors.