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

Tishominko, meaning "speaker for the leader" or "assistant leader" is remembered as one of the last hereditary minkos of the historic Chickasaw Homeland. There is some evidence that he 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. Tishominko took part in the signing of several historic treaties throughout his lifetime. He presided as Leader of the Tishomingo District until the Chickasaws were forced to relocate to lands in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). It is believed that Tishominko completed the journey to Indian Territory during Removal and died in 1838 within the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, at the age of 80.

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


  • Served with distinction in the U.S. military, including the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Red Stick Conflict with the Muscogee-Creeks and the War of 1812 in the 39th U.S. Infantry
  • Principle signatory of the Treaty with the Chickasaw and U.S. of 1816 (also known as Treaty of the Chickasaw Council House), the Treaty with the Chickasaw and U.S. of 1818 (also known as Treaty of Old Town) and the Treaty with the Chickasaw and U.S. of 1832 (also known as Treaty of Pontotoc Creek)
  • Tishomingo, Oklahoma is named after him
  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2011