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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