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Chickasaw Chiefs and Prominent Members

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  • Chickasaw Gov. Robert Maxwell Harris (1850 - 1927)
    Robert Maxwell Harris became a most successful business man and was regarded as one of the wealthiest men in the Chickasaw Nation. Robert Became Governor of the Chickasaw Nation in 1896
  • Floyd Ernest Maytubby (1893 - 1963)
    Born in Caddo, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), to Samuel and Lula (Maben) Maytubby on November 27, 1893, Floyd Ernest Maytubby attended the Harley Institute in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. After graduation, ...
  • Fred Waite (member of the Lincoln County Regulators) (1853 - 1895)
    Fred Waite (occasionally Fred Wayte) (September 28, 1853 – September 24, 1895) was a Native American who was hired as a cowboy and joined Billy the Kid's gang. A member of the Chickasaw tribe, Waite ...
  • William Leander Byrd, Gov. to the Chickasaw Nation (1844 - 1915)
    A businessman in the mercantile industry after the Civil War, Byrd settled in Stonewall, Okla. He became active in the interests of the Chickasaw Nation and was soon representing the tribe as a delegat...
  • James Isaac Colbert (1802 - c.1860)
    Died in Indian Territory (OK?) Chief of the Chocktaw Nation. Caroline Moore Her father calls her his eldest daughter in his will the wife of James Colbert. This was in Holly Springs, Miss. James Colb...
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Piomingo and Tishomingo

About Piominko

Born near Tupelo, Mississippi, in approximately 1750, Piominko served the Chickasaw people as a leader, diplomat and negotiator during the infancy of the United States of America. Chickasaws owned territory in Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee.

He signed the Treaty of Hopewell on the tribe’s behalf in 1786. It formalized diplomatic relations with the United States and spelled out Chickasaw Nation boundaries.

Piominko and President George Washington were friends. Piominko, along with several other Chickasaw leaders, were hosted by Washington in his Philadelphia home in 1794.

Piominko was awarded a Washington Peace Medal by the president as a way of honoring the Chickasaw leader for his loyalty to the new nation.

Also known as Mountain Leader, Piominko embarked upon diplomatic missions to several states and conferred with other tribes. He met with governors, tribal leaders and U.S. emissaries to preserve and protect the Chickasaw Nation. It is believed he died near Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1799 of natural causes.

About Tishominko

His image adorns the Chickasaw Nation flag, yet he served as an assistant leader to Ishtehotopah, who was ‘Hereditary minko’ of the Chickasaws just prior to the Trail of Tears in 1837. Tishominko would speak to Chickasaws on behalf of Ishtehotopah.

Tishominko’s “sign” is on many treaty documents between the Chickasaw Nation and the United States government, including the Treaty of Pontotoc which set in motion abandonment of the Chickasaw homeland.

Tishominko presided as leader of the Tishomingo District until the Chickasaws were forced to relocate to lands west of the Mississippi River. It is believed Tishominko succumbed to smallpox on the Chickasaw Removal between 1838 and 1841 at Eagle Town, Indian Territory. He was approximately 100 years old when he died. Until recently, experts believed he died near Little Rock, Arkansas. Hinson said documents, which are still being examined, indicate he survived the march but died shortly after arriving in the new territory as attested by Choctaw leader Peter Pitchlynn, who memorialized Tishomingo in 1841 at present day Eagle Town, Oklahoma.

Tishominko also was awarded a silver medal by President Washington, having served with distinction in the U.S. military at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Red Stick War and the War of 1812. He also served under Gen. Andrew Jackson, whose policies as president led to the Indian Removal of 1830 and the removal of the southeastern Indian nations. News/Press-Releases/2014-Press-Releases/Chickasaw-Nation-corrects-names-of-famed-leaders.a


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