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Press Release

Release Date: March 23, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Governor Bill Anoatubby has appointed Ambrie Johnson director of Project Support within the Chickasaw Nation Department of Community Services.

“Ambrie Johnson understands the importance of ensuring grant funds are administered effectively and efficiently,” Governor Anoatubby said. “Her hands-on experience and dedication to our mission make her well-suited to serve the Chickasaw Nation in this capacity.”

Mrs. Johnson began her career with the Chickasaw Nation as an environmental specialist in 2006. In that position, Johnson ensured environmental grants provided by the federal government to the Chickasaw Nation were correctly administered. She provided continuous support and supervision of a seven-member team, ensuring all phases of grant management were followed.

She became a project liaison manager within the Department of Community Services in 2016, specializing in federal grants for the tribe. In this role, she facilitated communication among external federal agency project officers and internal grant managers. Among other duties, Johnson and her team managed grant development, compliance, budgets and grant timelines. She was integral in training grant managers on the day-to-day operations and stewardship of federal grants.

As director of Project Support, Johnson will continue to provide managers with administrative aid regarding grants to the Chickasaw Nation.

“We work with managers helping them with administrative activities,” Johnson said. “These include working with outside federal agencies, revisions of grants, budgeting and taking a proactive stance for compliance. Nearly 90 percent of our job is research.”

Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in environmental health science from East Central University and an associate degree in environmental technology from Rose State College. With nearly 15 years of experience at the Chickasaw Nation, Johnson has become a certified and licensed grants management specialist, historical research technician and asbestos inspector, among other accomplishments.

“I feel like I am on cloud nine after being appointed by Governor Anoatubby,” Johnson said. “It is validating to be appointed after the time and effort serving in my positions for the Chickasaw Nation.”

Johnson is proud of her Native American heritage as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. In 2001, she was selected as president of the American Indian Association at Rose State College. While president, the American Indian Association presented the Rose State College chapter with the “Club of the Year” Award. An artist, she continues to participate at both the Artesian Arts Festival and the Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM).

Johnson is an avid community activist and environmentalist. She currently volunteers her time to help feed those in need at Abba’s Tables and is also involved with the Oklahoma Blue Thumb program. Blue Thumb is dedicated to protecting Oklahoma’s water resources and empowering citizens to protect water quality.

Johnson has served on the board of the Ada Recycling Coalition and has been a member of the Chickasaw Nation Environmental Action Team. She was a troop leader and member of the Girl Scouts of America and member of Friends of Pennington Creek.

She is a member of the Fittstown Church of Christ. During her free time, Johnson likes to spend time in the outdoors gardening with her family, hiking with her dogs or beading in traditional Cherokee designs.