The state of the Chickasaw Nation

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Thousands of people gathered at Murray State College earlier today to hear Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby's future plans for the tribe.

Governor Anoatubby said the Chickasaw’s success came from two elements…education which lead to economic development, and that’s why their nation stands strong.

"Unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw people," said Governor Anoatubby.

It was a phrase Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby said during the tribe’s state of the nation address on Saturday drew thunderous applause. It summed up the Chickasaws success over the years.

"They have taken the prosperity they have achieved in the business arena use it really well to help individual people and Chickasaws its quite a success story got every right to be proud makes me proud to be Chickasaw," said Congressman Tom Cole.

Most of the prosperity comes from revenue generated by their casinos which allowed the Chickasaw’s to put 7-million dollars towards education last year, but some citizens believe now they have established financial success from the casino. They should start looking into other economic venture.

"Gaming is a good industry I think we need to diversify into other operations and I think they are working on but it’s a key goal that I think they need to address," said one citizen.

Besides education...Anoatubby stressed the need for quality healthcare today plans were unveiled for a new 135-million dollar hospital in Ada.

"We try to be innovative we try to take care of our people and we try to not look only for needs of today but what our needs are for tomorrow," said another citizen.

"The state of the Chickasaw nation is strong and with your continual help the best is yet to come," said Governor Anoatubby.

Officials from the Chickasaw nation say they are expecting to break ground on the new hospital before the end of the year.

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  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Oct 9, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    Having to wait for a clothing allowance is such a petty point to riducule this man. If you can't come up with a more sound argument than that you need to keep your mouth shut. No I am not Chickasaw.
  • by Sherri Location: Oklahoma on Oct 8, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    It is true - we have to 'wait' too long for our children's clothing grants (they should have them by the first of August to have new clothes to 'start' school), but we at least get them. Ditto for the scolarships, etc. I am unsure about the schools in questions. I know the Chickasaw Children's Village is very state of the art - and open to any Chickasaw student. When did the Chickasaws buy race horse for the Gov. Anoutubby? That's a new one for me also. Also - my entire family is Chickasaw!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 8, 2007 at 08:49 AM
    I've been to the Casino. Made my donation to the tribe! LOL! Hey Sherry, the tribe needs to have spelling classes for sure. We don't want to make you "wate".
  • by sherry on Oct 8, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    this man is such a joke ,,has anymone been by some of the school's that he is so proud of,,they look as if they are falling down,, and the clothing allow's that they give to childern that are in school takes forever to get,,when the kids stat school in august would it not make more since to get it at that time and not wate until march as some have to wate,,what about the race horses that we bouht you bill? we didn't make you wate!!! and by the way my husband and daughter are chickasaw,,
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