The Bishinik is a monthly publication sent free to registered Choctaw Nation tribal members upon request. It is published by the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. The Library of Congress shows a record of the newspaper's publication from 1978 to 1981 and from 1983 to the present.
The publication shares its name with the Choctaw word for a speckled, scissortail species of woodpecker. 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". The bird was said to warn Choctaws when someone was approaching by tapping out messages on trees.
- Bishinik at Choctaw Nation Website (accessed April 8, 2010)
- About this Newspaper: Bishinik at Library of Congress (accessed April 8, 2010)
- Bishinik, The Little Chahta News Bird (accessed April 8, 2010)