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A Virtual Gathering of Our People

Date: August 31, 2020

Governor Bill Anoatubby has announced that the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival will be conducted virtually this year. Events are set to begin Sept. 26 and culminate with the State of the Nation address during the virtual annual meeting Oct. 3.

“Due to the ongoing pandemic, and for the safety of our citizens and communities, we will be celebrating this year's Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival virtually," Governor Anoatubby said. “For the first time, our Annual Meeting and Festival will be provided in a virtual format. This will provide an opportunity for more Chickasaws than ever to experience and enjoy the culture, heritage and progress from the safety of their home."

A series of events and cultural demonstrations will be hosted virtually via an online format throughout the celebratory week. These include cultural classes and demonstrations, history presentations, the presentation of the Dynamic Woman of the Year Award and Silver Feather Award, and the SEASAM art market.

Traditional activities of the Chickasaw Princesses have been curtailed due to the pandemic. Because of this, for the first time in the custom's rich history, the current princesses will retain their titles through the following year.

“In order to provide them with more opportunities to serve our Nation, our current princesses will retain their titles and serve as ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation for yet another year," said Governor Anoatubby. “We thank our princesses for agreeing to continue their service and for their great work even in this time of uncertainty."

The band competition and parade normally conducted on the day of Annual Meeting will not take place this year.

For information regarding the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival events, locations and schedules, visit AnnualMeeting.Chickasaw.net.‚Äč