Local History: Chickasaw Indians, Part 1
This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. Part 1 of this story first appeared in the September 1, 1994 issue.
It is ironic that Tunica County bears the name it does; even in the earliest historical time the more important, dominant, and populous Indian inhabitants of the county were the Chickasaws.
The Chickasaws are thought by many to have been the most warlike tribe in the Southeast. DeSoto spent a winter with a band of Chickasaws and when he demanded that some of them accompany his expedition as bearers they attacked the Spanish, killing 12 men.
County insurance revisited
A July 18 decision by supervisors to make Larry Pratt the county’s agent of record for property and liability insurance provoked sharp words among the Board this week, but ultimately, county officials stood by their original decision.
Board president James Dunn and District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson clashed over action taken by Nickson in his role as Board vice president.
After Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers read minutes from two meetings in July, Dunn called for a motion to approve them, “except for the agent of record.”
“Why are we not honoring a Board order?” Nickson asked.
Revival stirs churches to act as one in Christ Jesus
By turns smiling and fiery, Tunica native Neddie Winters came home to Sunday’s “God Make Us One” revival with a surprising – and thought provoking – keynote message about unity and racial reconciliation: we are already one in Christ Jesus.
“We are one with one another, whether we like it or not,” Winters affrimed.
Quoting Jesus’ prayer for believers from John 17 – “that they may be one” – Winters noted, “If God answered Jesus’ prayer, then why are we talking about why we can’t get along with each other?”
Winters explained that unity and unification is not sameness but instead having common goals and purposes.
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