Piomingo, a contemporary and friend of George Washington, holds a place in Chickasaw tradition similar to that which the first U.S. president holds for most Americans. In 2005, a statue of Piomingo commissioned by the Tupelo Rotary Club was unveiled at Fairpark in front of Tupelo City Hall.
That statue served as the site for this year’s formal proclamation marking Piomingo Day in Tupelo. Representatives from Mayor Jack Reed’s office, the Tupelo Rotary Club, Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mississippi Hills Heritage Area joined Chickasaw citizens and Mississippi-based Chickasaw representatives Brad Prewitt and Brad Lieb for the event.
We appreciate Mayor Reed and all our friends in Tupelo for recognizing the accomplishments of Piomingo with this honor. Chickasaws always will have a strong emotional connection with the homelands.
In 1786, Piomingo, the “mountain leader,” signed the Treaty of Hopewell, establishing formal relations between the Chickasaws and the United States. This alliance proved beneficial to both the United States and the Chickasaw Nation.
Thankful for the help, President George Washington sent Piomingo gifts of a silver peace medal and a military jacket. The United States in turn assisted the Chickasaws in their resistance against the Spanish-Creek alliance.
Piomingo was buried wearing the cherished peace medal and military jacket he received from Washington, so the statue portrays the Chickasaw war chief wearing the jacket over traditional Chickasaw attire.
Again, we thank everyone involved in the proclamation of Piomingo Day and for honoring both Piomingo and the Chickasaw Nation with this special day.
Governor of the Chickasaw Nation