About The Chickasaw Rancher

Beautiful and treacherous, the Western plains of Indian Territory were home to one of the most colorful personalities of the 19th Century—Chickasaw rancher Montford T. Johnson.  Orphaned at a young age, Johnson survived great hardships and tragedy to establish a vast ranching empire along the famous cattle highway of the American West, the Chisholm Trail. Inspired by recounts of Johnson's life, this dramatic story tells of his time among settlers, cowboys, tribes, military and bandits. Armed with grit and determination, Montford had the courage that was needed to tame what seemed an infinite wilderness, while always maintaining respect for those who lived there.

Montford T. Johnson

Renowned Oklahoma cattleman Montford Thomas Johnson was born in November...

Mary Elizabeth Johnson

Montford Johnson’s first wife, Mary Elizabeth (Campbell) Johnson...

Edward Bryant Johnson

Edward Bryant “E.B.” Johnson was the first son of Montford...

Adelaide Johnson Campbell Bond

Adelaide Johnson Campbell Bond was the older sister of Montford Johnson....

Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell was the first husband of Adelaide Johnson. He first met...

Boggy Johnson

Montford Johnson’s father, Charles (Boggy) Johnson was born in...

Jack Brown

In 1868, Montford Johnson sought out Jack Brown to operate a newly...

Granny Vicey Harmon

Vicey “Granny” Harmon was a Chickasaw woman who became a...

Jesse Chisholm

Jesse Chisholm was a pioneer and tradesman in Indian Territory, most...


“Chokma Chickasaw Magazine” special digital issue available now


The spring 2020 issue of “Chokma Chickasaw Magazine,” an exclusive publication of the Chickasaw Nation, is available in digital format for the first time.

Chickasaw Nation Productions announces diverse cast for “The Chickasaw Rancher”


Martin Sensmeier, who landed a starring role alongside Denzel Washington in “The Magnificent Seven,” will play the lead role of Montford Johnson in “The Chickasaw Rancher.”

Feature Film to share story of The Chickasaw Rancher, Montford Johnson


The search is underway in the Los Angeles area for Native American actors to star in a tribally - produced feature film inspired by the life of Chickasaw cattle rancher Montford T. Johnson.

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