Tuskahoma, Oklahoma

Tuskahoma, Oklahoma

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Tuskahoma, Oklahoma

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Tuskahoma is a community in northern Pushmataha County, Oklahoma, four miles east of Clayton, Oklahoma.


A United States Post Office was established at Tushka Homma, Indian Territory on February 27, 1884. On October 28, 1891, the spelling changed to Tushkahomma. On December 6, 1910 the official spelling changed to its present rendering, Tuskahoma. The community has also been served by post office locations at nearby Council House, Oklahoma (1872–1880) and Lyceum, Oklahoma (1896–1900). Council House was located at the Choctaw Capitol Building and Lyceum was located at the former Choctaw Female Academy.George H. Shirk, Oklahoma Place Names, pp. 55, 130, 209-210; Post Office Site Location Reports, Record Group 28, National Archives.

Tuskahoma is a compound word meaning “red warrior” in the Choctaw language.Angie Debo, Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic, pp. 158-159.

Tuskahoma was designated as (political) capital of the Choctaw Nation in 1882 when an Act of the Choctaw Nation dated October 20, 1882 established the community as the permanent seat of government. The Nation’s first capital after the Trail of Tears was at Nanih Waiyah, two miles east of Tuskahoma. Afterward, during a time of constitutional experimentation, it had changed back and forth from Nanih Waiyah to Doaksville, Skullyville, Fort Towson and Boggy Depot. Its wartime capital during the American Civil War was Armstrong...
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