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Press Release

Release Date: April 12, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation is searching for speakers and worksites for the Toksali Successful Mindsets with Attitude and Readiness for Tomorrow (SMART) program, which offers Native American youth real-world work experience, job shadowing, mentoring, leadership opportunities and job training.

The program begins June 4 and will continue until July 20.


Worksites provide leadership, supervision and work for Native American youth, ages 14-21, in conjunction with the Toksali SMART staff. Program participants are compensated by the Toksali SMART program.

Visit to fill out an employment request and become part of strengthening the community workforce.

Help program participants build confidence and develop an understanding of what businesses want from employees and prepare them for future successful careers.


Professionals have the opportunity to be a speaker at one of the SMART training sessions. The speaking sessions will give professionals an opportunity to spark excitement about a field or career opportunities in that field.

Speakers can educate and inspire the career choices of Toksali SMART participants, ages 14-21, with a presentation about what professionals in that field do every day.

Speakers are needed in a variety of categories. Career fields are sorted into; artistic, investigative, enterprising, social, realistic and conventional.

To share career expertise and experience with youth this summer, contact the Ada Area Office at 580-436-7256.

Youth Participants

All members of federally-recognized Native American tribes age 14 to 21 are eligible to apply. Participants must reside within the Chickasaw Nation’s boundaries which includes all or parts of 13 counties in Oklahoma.

Those counties are: Grady, McClain, Garvin, Pontotoc, Stephens, Carter, Murray, Johnston, Jefferson, Love, Marshall, Bryan and Coal counties.

Worksites are available within Chickasaw Nation departments as well as non-tribal professional entities in local communities.

Toksali SMART participants receive job placement assistance based on interest assessment results. In addition to work experience, participants attend weekly training and educational sessions.

More than 680 Native American youth participated in the program last year. Many participants have gone on to work with the Chickasaw Nation, often attaining leadership roles through diligence and hard work.

Applications can be found online at or at any Chickasaw Nation Area Office.

The deadline to apply is April 13.

For more information, visit or contact your local Chickasaw Nation Area Office.

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