TISHOMINGO, OK - Saturday morning crowds poured out of Fletcher Auditorium on Murray State College's campus to hear about the Chickasaw Nation's progress and what Governor Bill Anoatubby had to say about it.
"The Chickasaw Nation had another successful year," he said. "We had advancements in services, in commerce, tribal government and in finances."
Anoatubby said the assets of the nation have grown to nearly 200 times their level in 1988.
Tribal accomplishments also extended to education.
"Higher education provided scholarships and other forms of support in the amount of $15 million dollars to more than 4,000 students," said Anoatubby.
And health care.
"In February a new 53,000 square foot health clinic was opened right here in Tishomingo," the Governor said.
Members of the nation were glad to hear the updates.
"It was pretty informative," said Chickasaw Nation member Gary Bennett. "It was interesting."
And they were happy to see the Nation come home.
"It's always a wonderful occasion when a group of like-minded people come together," said Wayne Edgar, who is also a member. "And that's what happens at this time of year."
Before members headed out to the parade on Main Street, the Governor left them with one final message.
"The Chickasaw Nation has never been in better shape," he said, "and the state of the Chickasaw Nation is the best ever."