Below you will find our original content and also our Newspaper Archive!

Mixed-Race Education in Indian Territory, Talihina’s First Schools

The history of school buildings and general education in the Choctaw Nation is often hard to track. While the brick school pictured was, in fact, the first public school in Talihina, it was not the first school, nor was it the first school designed solely for the purpose of education as most scholars write. By […]

Tushkalusa and Talihina Graded School: Exceptionalism in Indian Territory

We are excited to offer more from the transcription of the 1896 Principals Report of Tushkalusa Academy by Dora Johnson! This is only part of the complete report which is still being transcribed and interpreted due to the degradation of the original medium. Followed by this letter is a report from Principal H. P. Mabry […]

Henry Nail, a Freedmen Politician and Icon

When discussing Freedmen in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations we often hear one of three types of stories. The most popular of these stories is the Gunslinger who is ultimately with or against the law and all things associated with it. Another more relatable story is the direct ancestor who brought the storyteller into their […]

Annie Folsom’s Story

“This place was not called Talihina at this time but was known as Kiamichi Valley; however, it is the same ground where Talihina is today.” -Annie Folsom, 1938 To celebrate the unique Choctaw history of this area, we are covering some of the many special interviews that were given in the 1930s. This collection is […]


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Talihina Newspaper Archive

Historically, Talihina has been home to more than eight different newspaper companies.

A few of these have functioned or began in the 1900-1910 era or before. We have received and are scanning an archive of several hundred historic newspapers for record keeping and historic preservation. Our records span from 1905 to about 1996.

We do not own any of the content, copyrights, or images in these papers.
The archives are being posted for purely historic purposes to show the long and rich history of Talihina and as a way to permanently preserve the historic materials.
It should be noted that as we dive backwards into the waves of time, the archive will represent many hard subjects in the way that they were viewed at that time.
There may be triggering content for some but the archives will remain untouched for historical integrity. It is real history and it is our history.

Find our collection below!

To view our archives, simply click the name of the paper you would like to view and our site will take you to a page of archives pertaining to that newsletter!


The Bishinik is a monthly publication, published in The State of Oklahoma, sent free to registered Choctaw Nation tribal members upon request. It was started in 1978 and continued to 1981. After a long period of absence it was started again in 1997. It is published by the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. The Library of Congress shows a record of its publication from 1978 to 1981 and from 1983 to the present.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosts their own collection at:

Hello Choctaw

Also the name of a Choctaw newsletter in Oklahoma City, this archive actually comes from Durant! Predating the Bishinik was the Hello Choctaw paper that was printed in Durant, OK in 1977. After realizing that there was already a publication of the same name, the Hello Choctaw was renamed to Bishinik in 1978.

Talihina American

The oldest copies of our archives hail from the Talihina American, a news print that is almost as old as our town itself. We have archives as far back as 1905. Talihina American is now printed by Tri-County Publications based in Wilburton OK.

Another online archive can be found at:

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