Ardmore woman forced out of home by Chickasaws

By: Todd Larkin Email
By: Todd Larkin Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- An Ardmore woman is being forced to leave her home, and she says the Chickasaw Nation is behind the decision.

Paula Kendricks lost her husband, Terry, back in June. Days after her loss, the Chickasaw Nation Housing Authority asked Paula to pack her things and leave the first home she and her husband had owned.

Along with her mother and nephews, Paula Kendricks, 45, has spent the last few days packing up memories she and her husband shared over the last 21 years. On Monday, Paula was given until the end of the week to leave the home her husband had spent his last days in.

"I went to their office to find a way to keep the house. They told me there’s no way to stay in the home because you’re not Nation."

Kendricks never thought that when her husband passed away in June that she would be asked to leave their new house on G Street in Ardmore, a home that Kendricks says her husband Terry was so proud of.

"When we got this house, he was so happy. He said he finally got a home, and he said I know have something for you."

Chickasaw neighbors say that Terry was a great neighbor who spent most of his time in the yard. They say they are disappointed to see a widow lose her husband and her home because she’s not Chickasaw.

"I see the commercials how Chickasaws want to help all citizens and I was ashamed. Because she’s not Chickasaw, she’s been forced out," said one neighbor.

Paula says she just wants to stay in the home she and her husband loved so much. She feels the Chickasaw Nation is ripping it all away.

"When they took all of this away, it’s like losing him all over again. Nobody can imagine losing a husband and then your home."

We contacted the Chickasaw Nation housing authority and they did confirm they had asked Mrs. Kendricks to leave but declined to give any explanation. Kendricks says she hopes the nation will re-think their decision and let her move back, but in the meantime she says she will live with her mother.

The Chickasaws released this statement to KXII:

"We sympathize with Mrs. Kendricks and have made every effort to help her to find a solution in this situation. The option to buy the home was available through home loan programs open to the general public. We also offered to provide rental assistance through another program available to low-income families."

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  • by NDNProudChickasaw Location: Ardmore,OK on Feb 6, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    Thats just like if she was married to a man in the Military & he died & she was forced to move off the Military base & The Military offered her Help & housing . She probably still refuse it because shes trying to get something for nothing cause as The Military & The Indian Nations say they help their own which means if Only her Husband holds A CDIB Card with the Chickasaw Nation then hes the only one thats Intitled to Benefits of the Indian Tribe & its the same thing with the Military they'll help the people who are serving under their Military service & who holds Military ID's however if the Wife isn't in the Military & has never serviced in the Military & Her Husband Dies at WAR then certain Benefits are cut off such as living on Military base & getting Checks from the Military unless she has Children & then they may give her Money for the kids & help for the kids . & Its basically the same for many Indian Tribes & their People who hold CDIB Cards & rights .
  • by NDNProudChickasaw Location: Ardmore on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Another thing is I Agree with The Chickasaw Nation , Cause if you look @ it if they allowed A non-Tribal Member to live in A tribal built home who was only Married & have No kids , then they would have to allow every Non-Indian who's Married to A Tribal Member to live in A Home thats Legally not Theirs & Wasn't Built for A Non-Indian who do not hold any CDIB Card Or Indian rights .If thats the Case they might as well Allow all the Freedman Black Indians who aren't Indian to be Allowed to Join The Tribe & get CDIB Cards & they have No Indian what so ever in them , They just On A Indian Roll list due to Indian Tribal members assigning Non Indians who were Only Black Slaves on the Indian Roll as Freedman Black Indians because they lived & worked along & with Indian Families & tribes but weren't Born Blooded Indians & If I think about what would it mean for Real Indians who can't get A CDIB Card Or their Rights , what would this mean to them. I mean really she needs to get over it.
  • by NDNProudChickasaw Location: Ardmore on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    I think if this woman had kids whom were underage they should let her stay , Married or not if 1 isn't Chickasaw Indian & their only married w/No kids , then if every woman who's not Indian or Chickasaw could possibly reap from been just married to A Chickasaw Indian man & be able to stay in A House thats build by the Tribe . you tell me if its Right for The Chickasaw nation to allow a non-Native American or Non-Mixed Tribal member to live in A home that was built for the Native American in which they married ???? I think THe Chickasaw Nation is doing whats best .... & I'm like if she had been A Chickasaw & held A CDIB Card with the Tribe I don't think she would have this issue . Another thing If The Tribe has offered her Free Services of Low Income Housing ect ect ... & she refusing their Offer to me it seems like shes not willing to Cooraperate with The Tribe . I myself is Part Chickasaw & Black , My Father is Chickasaw & Black my Grandmother & grand Granny are full Blood
  • by dawn on Oct 21, 2007 at 09:06 PM
    Peaches...Your still an idiot. FYI...My sister doesn't openly claim her indian heritage. Like I said before she's never asked for a handout. When I go into those places you mention. I see people of all color. What I am upset over is the fact that we in this country are not allowed to discriminate OR LESS you are black or indian of course. Then you can discriminate against whom ever you'd like with all the segregated hospitals,work places, colleges, programs, groups, funds, etc... We need to do away with all these things that segregate us from each other. I wasn't talking about footing the bill for trial expenses. I was referring to welfare, that the gov. just took over $200 of MY money out of MY paycheck to be divided up. And you want to talk about ME not knowing how trial issues work...uh HELLO that's what YOU said about yourself. DUH! And you admitted you tried to receive your handout but oh you were denied. GOOD! Work makes a better person! It's just not right to reward for color
  • by nighthawk Location: Sherman on Oct 19, 2007 at 03:27 PM
    You know I have tried for years to clsaim my heritage as an American Indian. Somewhere in the past one of my ancestors shortened her name from Margret to Maggie. Because of this I can't claim my heritage. I thought the American Indians were a proud people and was willing to help those. The di not divorce and as long as they were married when he passed away she should be given the same consideration. She did marry into the tribe. After reading some of your relpy's it sound more like most of you are very bitter and self serving. Who gives you guys the right to judge others. Maybe she was one of those wives who let her husband handle everything in the household. She should be able to live in the house especially if she has chilren by this man. Are they not considered American Indians themselves now. Do they not have rights?
  • by TWEETY Location: ARDMORE on Oct 18, 2007 at 11:15 AM
  • by chic/choc on Oct 18, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    They did NOT own the home..those houses on G st are only about 1 year old...SORRY lady for your loss ..but dont try to scam the public sympathy or the chickasaws
  • by Free Country Location: Milo, OK on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    First of all, I am Black/Native american and proud of it. I myself have filled out paperwork for a new home. You are approved, then put on a waiting list, and they you are notified throught the mail when construction will start on your new home. There are always rules and regulations when you are trying for a home, loan or anything. I'm sure when Chickasaw Nation Div. of Housing had their briefings, some where along the lines, all of this was explained to each family about these rules. Why was Mrs. Kendricks not aware of these rules. Did she not attend these briefings. Did Mr. Kendricks not explain these conditions to her. Was she not listening. When she was offered help with housing from the Nation did she not take it. Could she not get a home loan to pay off the house. I'm sure she knew all of this before hand. I am very sorry about the loss of her husband and my heart goes out to her. But calling the TV station only made her look foolish. Grow up,and move on. God bless U
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan county on Oct 18, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    If she knew that when her husband died that she would have to move, even if she had children with him, and still made the decision to get the house then she got what was coming to her. I think she should just move and get over it. She can go to another low income housing department and get another house.
  • by ld Location: ardmore on Oct 17, 2007 at 10:43 PM
    I attended a Chickasaw council meeting where a Chickasaw Housing rep did a presentation. It was clear that even if the surviving non-native had children by her native husband, they would ALL have to move from the Indian home. I was appalled by that information.
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