Pushmataha - Notable Native Americans
Pushmataha was one of the three regional chiefs of the major divisions of the Choctaw in the 19th century. He was well-respected for his abilities in diplomacy and battle. Although he aided the United States military in several campaigns against the Creeks and the British, he also worked tirelessly to stop the U.S. government as well as missionaries from encroaching onto Choctaw lands. He was commissioned to a brigadier general in the U.S. Army. He partook in several treaties between the U.S. government and his Nation, always seeking to secure guarantees that aided his people. In 1811, Tecumseh of the Shawnee visited the Choctaw, and he refused to join with or allow Choctaw warriors to be part of his alliance. He met presidents James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson and had interactions with Andrew Jackson, among many other well-known American figures during his lifetime.