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Press Release

Release Date: August 02, 2006
by Kerri McDonald

TISHOMINGO, Okla. – Thousands of Chickasaws are gearing up for the week-long celebration of tribal culture and heritage that will take place at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 18th Annual Chickasaw Festival September 30 through October 7.

A variety of exciting events designed to appeal to people of all ages and all walks of life have been scheduled to take place in Tishomingo, the historic capitol of the Chickasaw Nation, as well as Ada and Kullihoma stomp grounds.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will deliver the “State of the Nation” address 9 a.m. Saturday, October 7 at Fletcher Auditorium on the campus of Murray State College in Tishomingo.

“We always look forward to this time of year,” stated Governor Anoatubby. “The annual meeting and festival is a great time for Chickasaw families to gather and celebrate our culture and history.”

Following the “State of the Nation” address hundreds of spectators will line Tishomingo’s Main Street for the annual parade, which includes bands, floats, and a variety of other exciting entrants from across southern Oklahoma.

Other events scheduled for the day include the Chickasaw Traditional Lunch, cultural and dance troupe demonstrations, Chickasaw Artists exhibition, Band Day Extravaganza, “Chickasaws” book launch, horseshoe tournament and more.

Festival events and activities will be conducted on the grounds of the historic Chickasaw capitol, Pennington Park, Murray State College campus, Johnston County Sports complex and other venues.

Several events have been scheduled to take place throughout the week. These include the Chickasaw Princess Pageant, Junior Olympics, softball and golf tournaments, Youthful Celebration, cultural tours and demonstrations, Heritage Preservation Awards, kids’ “Fun to Learn” tent, senior arts and crafts tent, JC Riding Club rodeo, and a cultural evening at Kullihoma.

For information about the 46th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 18th Annual Chickasaw Festival, call (580) 371-2040 or 1 (800) 593-3356.