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Release Date: May 31, 2006

by Tony Choate

Hundreds of dollars in prize money will be awarded in a student essay contest celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chickasaw Constitution.

A first place prize of $200 will be awarded in each of two categories as Chickasaw junior high school and high school students compete to explain why the Chickasaw Constitution remains a relevant document 150 years after ratification.

Student essays of 1,000 to 1,100 words will include discussion of how the constitution defines the current structure of Chickasaw government, and why it is important to the daily operations tribal government.

Chickasaw students in seventh through twelfth grades are eligible to enter.

Students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades may enter in the junior high category.

Students in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades may enter in the high school category.

Only one essay per student will be accepted.

Second place essays in each category will receive $150.

Third place essays in each category will receive $100.

Entries must be mailed to: 124 East 14th Street, Ada, OK 74820 – ATTN. Penny Watson or delivered via e-mail to

Deadline for entries is July 31, 2006.

For more information, contact Ms. Penny Watson or Mr. Robert Pickens in the Chickasaw Nation Education Services Department at (580) 421-771