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4 Episodes

From the Pulpit to the Presses

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Activists and pillars of the community, Jesse and Vinnie May Humes effected lasting change in the Chickasaw Nation from the pulpit to the presses.

Charles Carter

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Charles Carter was one of only 16 Native Americans elected to the United States Congress and he faithfully served the state of Oklahoma for 20 years.

Cyrus Harris

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Cyrus Harris emerged as a leader amidst the move to Indian Territory and became the first Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.

Governor Douglas Johnston

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In the premier episode of Chickasaw Leaders & Legacies, journey back through Chickasaw history to learn about Governor Douglas Johnston.


90 Videos

From the Pulpit to the Presses Teaser

See a sneak peek of the new Chickasaw Leaders & Legacies episode, "From the Pulpit to the Presses."

First Look: Cyrus Harris

Available October 9, hear the story of how Cyrus Harris rose to become the first Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.

First Look: Governor Douglas Johnston

See an exclusive first look at the premier episode of the new series Chickasaw Leaders & Legacies, entitled "Governor Douglas Johnston."

Ackia: The Ill-Fated French Attacks

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Julian Prince authored the historical novel, "Ackia" around the elaborate French plan to crush the Chickasaws.

First Ackia Attack: French from the North

Julian Prince authored the historical novel, "Ackia" around the elaborate French plan to crush the Chickasaws.

Cyrus Harris: Hall of Fame

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Cyrus Harris was the first governor of the Chickasaw Nation and was an integral part in the implementation of the first Chickasaw government.

Levi Colbert: Hall of Fame

Levi Colbert, or Itte-wamba Mingo in Chickasaw, was born in 1759 to James Colbert and his full-blood Chickasaw wife, Minta Hoye.

De Soto Arrives in North America: A Great Collision of Cultures

Historian and artist Hermann Trappman describes the cultural clash when European explorers arrived on the North American continent.

The Native Outlook on a Sustainable Way of Life

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Hermann Trappman, historian and artist, discusses how the Native Americans viewed the world differently than the European conquistadors.

De Soto from the Native Perspective

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The retelling of the de Soto story has been biased from a European perspective. It is time for Native Americans to offer their perspectives.

The Significance of de Soto

Scott Pardue shares the significance of de Soto's exploration throughout the Southeastern United States.

De Soto: A Tragic Figure

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If de Soto had returned to Spain he would not have been a hero since he failed to find gold.

De Soto Expedition: Telling a Balanced Story

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Scott Pardue explains the importance of telling the story of De Soto in a balanced way.

Chickasaws Complete the de Soto Story

Scott Pardue believes it is important for the Chickasaws to share their perspective of de Soto.

November 2011 - The Chickasaw White House

The Chickasaw White House in Milburn, Oklahoma was built in 1895 by Chickasaw Governor Douglas Johnston and was home to his family from 1898-1971.

A Trade Advantage

As anthropologist Brad Lieb explains, leaders of prominent towns were able to set up trade relations with both the French and British.

October 2011 - Inauguration Ceremony

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Governor Bill Anoatubby was sworn in for his seventh term during the inauguration ceremony on Monday, October 3, 2011.

The Origin of the Chickasaw Language

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Chickasaw is a language of the Muskogean family of Native American languages.

Keeping Piominko's Memory Alive

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Having learned enough about Piominko to realize the depth of his impact on America, renowned sculptor Bill Beckwith.

Gov. Johnston's Home: The Chickasaw White House

Chickasaw author and historian Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham serves as Director of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.


37 Profiles

James Adair

A relationship with the Chickasaw people that lasted more than two decades
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.

President Richard Nixon

The first president to truly push for Native American self-determination and independence
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.

Governor Bill Anoatubby

A profound dedication to the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation
Bill Anoatubby is the current governor of the Chickasaw Nation and has served in this position since 1987.

Governor Overton James

After first being appointed governor by John F. Kennedy, he was elected to the position four times
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.

Wolf's Friend

Recognized as Piominko's biggest adversary throughout the late 1700s
Wolf's Friend, also referred to as "Ugulayacabe," was a powerful Chickasaw minko during the 1700s.

Governor Winchester Colbert

Worked tirelessly as a diplomat to establish the Chickasaw tribe's sovereignty
Colbert worked tirelessly as a diplomat to establish the Chickasaw tribe's sovereignty and separation from the Choctaw Nation.

Governor Douglas H. Johnston

The first Chickasaw governor to be appointed by the president of the United States
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.

The Choctaw Nation

Close tribal nations with a shared history and origin story
Known as one of America's Five Civilized Tribes, the Choctaws are a prominent Native American tribe.

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville

Led the attack against the Chickasaws in the Battle of Ackia
Bienville was a French explorer of the New World in the 1700s and established himself in Louisiana Territory.

The Natchez Nation

Native American tribe that originated from the Natchez Bluffs area in the Lower Mississippi Valley
The Natchez have origins dating back to the prehistoric era.

Levi Colbert

A prominent negotiators and interpreters who fought for the Chickasaw people
Colbert was an early leader of the Chickasaw people and was also a prominent negotiator and interpreter.

Governor Cyrus Harris

Instrumental to the implementation of the first Chickasaw government and constitution
Harris was the first governor of the Chickasaw Nation and was at the core of implementing the first Chickasaw government and constitution.

Governor Benjamin Burney

Served in Shocoe's Chickasaw Battalion of Mounted Volunteers
Burney served the Chickasaw Nation and its government as national treasurer and governor.

Governor E.B. Maytubby

A proud Chickasaw heritage and dedication to furthering the progress of the Chickasaw people
During the time Maytubby governed there was a huge push for the Chickasaw tribe to elect their own leaders and to demand more sovereignty.

Edmund Pickens

His extensive service helped lead the Chickasaw people towards progress and independence
Pickens was a leader among native people and his foresight helped create a strong Chickasaw Nation.

Governor Palmer S. Mosely

Considered one of the most notable and proficient interpreters in Chickasaw history
Mosely served as the 20th and 23rd Governor of the Chickasaw Nation and began his career as the interpreter for the Chickasaw legislature.

Governor Floyd Maytubby

Appointed governor during the Great Depression and World War II
Floyd Maytubby served the Chickasaw Nation during difficult times resulting from the end of the Great Depression and the turmoil of World War II.

James Logan Colbert

Known for marrying into the Chickasaw tribe and being a friend to native people
James Colbert was a trader with the Chickasaw Nation who married into the tribe and was a compassionate friend to the Indians.

Chief Alexander McGillivray

Historical leader of the Creek people in early America
McGillivray began an alliance with Spain in 1784, in an effort to cause trouble for Americans and their supporters.

President Andrew Jackson

The architect of the Indian Removal Act
Andrew Jackson was our seventh president and a forceful proponent of Indian removal.