Chickasaw Nation looking into managing rec area
SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) - The Chickasaw Nation and the National Park Service are negotiating for the tribe to begin managing the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
Tribal administrator of the Division of Self-Governance says Chickasaws have a historic relationship with the area in southern Oklahoma. Administrator Tom John adds that the negotiations are not for tribal ownership of the area.
Recreation area Superitendent Bruce Noble says tribal management is only a possibility. He says the discussions are too early to know what may occur.
John says the tribe's plan would be to expand existing historic, cultural and recreational activities.
The area is in the Arbuckle Mountains and includes streams, lakes, springs and valleys and offers boating, fishing, hunting and camping.