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1953 Watonala Officers: Ernie Strong, P.D. Lee, Billy Flanagan, unknown,unknown, Pat McIngvale.
Watonala Lodge began on Sept. 23, 1939, as Pushmataha Lodge. In the early 1940's, the lodge became known as Watonala Lodge. Watonala means "white water bird" in the Choctaw language. Choctaw is the dominant native American tribe in this area.
Today the lodge is still very active. Most of our events are held at our beloved Camp Seminole, just north of Starkville, Mississippi. We received Quality Lodge status for the first time in 2007, and we take great pride in our lodge history.
Pushmataha Area Council
Watonala Lodge is the home lodge of the Pushmataha Area Council. The Pushmataha Area Council, known as the East Mississippi Council until 1939, was founded in June, 1925, and is comprised of ten North Mississippi counties: Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Webster, Noxubee, Winston, Choctaw, Monroe, Calhoun, and Chickasaw. The Pushmataha Area Council is headquartered in Columbus, Mississippi. You can learn more about the Pushmataha Area Council by visiting the council website.
The council is named in honor of the great Choctaw chief and U.S. Army Brigadier General Pushmataha. Pushmataha was born only a few miles from Camp Seminole, our council camp. Pushmataha was great friends with General Andrew Jackson, and was known as a fierce warrior.
The council has two districts, Choctaw and Chickasaw.