Eugene “Nashoba” Thompson is a patriot for the United States and for the Chickasaw Nation. He served in the U.S. Army and developed the first program used by the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure protection for its worldwide food and clothing supplies.
While serving in the Army, Thompson acquired both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He was also one of 13 people chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be a part of its entomology program. Using his knowledge, he also was appointed as Executive Director of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board.
Even though he has retired, Thompson is still very active as an ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation. Living in Austin, Texas, he spends his time giving speeches at various civic organizations and schools throughout Texas and Oklahoma. His message is clear, highlighting the beliefs and rituals of the Chickasaws. Thompson was also selected to participate in the “ I Am Very Proud to Be Chickasaw” painting project, which was featured in the book “Proud to Be Chickasaw.”