Tishomingo: Our First Capital in Indian Territory

Neal McCaleb

The town of Tishomingo was the original seat of the Chickasaw Nation and the tribe built its capitol there in 1898. After careful restoration, the capitol looks as it did when Oklahoma was known as Indian Territory.


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On November 17, 1898, the new Chickasaw National Capitol was dedicated in Tishomingo, Indian Territory (the future Oklahoma).