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Tvshka Homma: Capitol of the Choctaw Nation

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Council House Road
Tuskahoma, 74574
(918) 569-4465 http://choctawnationculture.com

Tvshka Homma: Capitol grounds of the Choctaw Nation and the location of the annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival & Pow Wow. This is the Choctaw Capitol Building, also known as the Old Council House. It is located at the center of the Tvshka Homma capitol grounds and has stood there since the 1880s.

In 1834, just after the Trail of Tears, Choctaw leaders met in Oklahoma to create a new constitution. This constitution not only reestablished our government in Indian Territory and set forth laws for our tribe, but also created a capitol for the Nation. They named the capitol Nvnih Waiya, after the sacred mound the Choctaw people had to leave behind in Mississippi. The capitol was located just 2 miles south of current day Tvshka Homma and built both a council house in 1838 and a house of representatives in 1843. Despite success at this location, the capitol was moved less than two decades later.

Capitol of the Choctaw NationWith the news of a railroad coming through the Kiamichi Valley, and the installation of several new steam powered saw mills, construction began on a new council house in 1879. Four years later, in 1883, construction on what is now the Choctaw Capitol Building was completed. The area was named Tvshka Homma, meaning Red Warrior, in honor of Chief Jack McCurtain.

By 1885 over 100 families and businesses had moved to the area. However, the railroad was built 2 miles south and the town resettled at ‘New Tuskahoma’. Today, the Tvshka Homma capitol grounds is still used for many activities year round including cultural demonstrations, weddings, family reunions, tours, and gatherings. In the center of the grounds the capitol building still stands; representing the resilience, pride, and success of the Choctaw people.

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Tvshka Homma - Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festivaland Pow Wow - Durant Oklahoma

August 2019

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