Chickasaw Nation

Grave sites at the Sardis Cemetery go back well into the 19th century and many of them are homemade.
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The fight over control of Sardis Lake and water across southeastern Oklahoma pits the state against Native American tribes. To the Choctaw and Chickasaw who live in the area today — and for the Caddo who preceded them — water isn’t just vital to life: It’s culturally sacred.

 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the Choctaw Nation headquarters in Durant, Okla. on Oct. 6, 2015.
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The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations agreed to a settlement on Tuesday to end long-running litigation regarding a lawsuit filed by the tribes regarding federal handling of tribal resources and funds held in government trust.

Speaking at the ceremonial signing on Tuesday at Choctaw headquarters in Durant, Oklahoma, Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, said the settlement was a milestone in tribal and federal relations.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby during his 2015 State of the Chickasaw Nation address in Tishomingo on October 3.
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Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby says the tribe's assets increased by more than $200 million dollars this fiscal year. Anoatubby delivered his annual State of the Chickasaw Nation address Saturday in Tishomingo, where he highlighted new health care facilities, programs, and services for Chickasaw citizens.

“We had more than 800,000 patient visits to the health system in the last year,” Anoatubby said. “Nearly 1.2 million prescriptions were filled.”

Gallery of the Five Civilized Tribes. The portraits were drawn or painted between 1775 and 1850.
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The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations.

Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.

The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.

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Cory Moates, owner of Moates Excavating, left, and Tim Kent, environmental director of The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, inspect ongoing chat disposal from a site near Quapaw. The pit is the top of a collapsed mine near Picher.
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Monday The Journal Record published its Tribal Economic Impact issue, a deep dive into how Oklahoma’s federally recognized Native American groups fund their services and contribute to Oklahoma’s economy.

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Gov. Mary Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby have announced a compact between the state and the tribe for Chickasaw Nation license plates to members of the tribe. 

The compact says Chickasaw tags will be sold exclusively at state-licensed tag agencies in Oklahoma. Chickasaws who want to purchase the tags will present their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card and pay the same fees and taxes any other Oklahoman for a tag.

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College of Law / University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has received a gift from the Chickasaw Nation for the Chickasaw Nation Native American Law Chair.

The position is the first endowed chair of its kind in the nation. It will allow OU to attract and retain national scholars in Native American law.

OU Law offers three different programs providing specialization in Native American law: the Juris Doctor Certificate, the Master of Laws and the new Master of Legal Studies.

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The longtime governor of one of the state's most powerful Native American tribes says he has no plans to run for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat this year.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby released a statement Monday that said while he's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, he doesn't intend to run. Anoatubby says he hopes to continue in his role as head of the tribe "if it is the will of the Chickasaw people."

Anoatubby has been governor of the tribe since 1987.

Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.

"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge about our language and culture," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release. The Chickasaw Nation has about 55,000 members and is based in the southern part of central Oklahoma.

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Two tribal leaders from Oklahoma were among 12 Native American officials who recently met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes President Terri Parton were among the leaders who met with Obama on Tuesday, the day before the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

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