Bishinik Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishinik

TypeMonthly newspaper
Owner(s)Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Founded1997; 25 years ago (1997)
CityDurant, Oklahoma
CountryUnited States
OCLC number28288034

The Biskinik is a monthly publication, a monthly newspaper published in The State of Oklahoma, sent free to registered Choctaw Nation tribal members upon request.[1] It was started in 1997.[2] It is published by the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma.[3] The Library of Congress shows a record of its publication from 1978 to 1981 and from 1983 to the present.[3]

The publication shares its name with the Choctaw word for a speckled, scissortail species of woodpecker.[4] According to Choctaw legend, the Bishinik was one of two birds to escape the Great Flood and was known as the "little Chahta news bird".[4] The bird was said to warn Choctaws when someone was approaching by tapping out messages on trees.[4]


  1. ^ BishinikArchived January 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine at Choctaw Nation Website (Retrieved April 8, 2010)
  2. ^ "Native American Culture". Sosu Library. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b About this Newspaper: Bishinik at Library of Congress (Retrieved April 8, 2010)
  4. ^ a b c Bishinik, The Little Chahta News Bird[permanent dead link] (Retrieved April 8, 2010)