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

The publication shares its name with the Choctaw word for a speckled, scissortail species of woodpecker.[3] 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".[3] The bird was said to warn Choctaws when someone was approaching by tapping out messages on trees.[3]


  1. ^ Bishinik at Choctaw Nation Website (Retrieved April 8, 2010)
  2. ^ a b About this Newspaper: Bishinik at Library of Congress (Retrieved April 8, 2010)
  3. ^ a b c Bishinik, The Little Chahta News Bird (Retrieved April 8, 2010)