This influential Chickasaw is remembered as one of the last great minkos

Tishominko, meaning "speaker for the Minko" or "Assistant Minko," is remembered as one of the last great minkos of the Chickasaws. There is some evidence that this individual was formerly known as "Okoye" and later as "Tisshumastubbe" before attaining the title of Tishominko. He evidently held the title of Tishominko so long that it stuck to him as a personal name.

Tishominko was admired for his integrity and wisdom, and he was a well-respected leader. Tishominko led by example, often heading into battle alongside his fellow Chickasaw warriors. The influential leader also served with special distinction in the U.S. military and was awarded a silver medal from President George Washington.

Tishominko took part in the signing of several historic treaties throughout his lifetime. He presided as Leader of the Tishomingo Districts until the Chickasaws were forced to relocate to lands in Oklahoma. It is believed that Tishominko died from smallpox on the Chickasaw Trail of Tears between 1838 and 1841 at Eagle Town, Indian Territory at the age of 100.

Today, the capital city of the Chickasaw Nation carries the name of this influential leader. An image of Tishominko is featured on the Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation, proudly symbolizing what it means to be a Chickasaw.

Accomplishments

  • Received a silver medal from President George Washington
  • Served with distinction in the U.S. military (Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Red Stick War and the War of 1812)
  • Served under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812
  • Principle signatory of the Treaty of 1816, the Treaty of 1818 and the Treaty of Pontotoc in 1832
  • Tishomingo, Oklahoma is named after him
  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2011