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Release Date: September 12, 2006
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby was joined by tribal legislators, citizens and employees in breaking ground

Construction will begin soon on a new Chickasaw Nation Division of Education facility and a new building to house a number of tribal government services.

“Breaking ground on two facilities in one day is a positive sign of the tremendous growth we are experiencing,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “We have about 10 building projects underway and several more in the pipeline.

“Because of the rapid growth in our business revenue, we expect to invest about $50 million in tribal development in the coming year.”

Ground breaking ceremonies were conducted 9 a.m. at 300 Rosedale for the Douglas H. Johnston Building.

Johnston was elected Governor of the Chickasaw Nation three times and appointed governor of the tribe after Oklahoma statehood.

The new 31,000 square foot facility will serve as the new home for the Division of Education, which includes the education services, Head Start, Vocational Rehabilitation and Child Care departments.

Other amenities planned for the facility include a computer lab, four conference rooms and a library.

“This building pays tribute in a small way to Governor Douglas Johnston who was dedicated to maintaining tribal control of education after Oklahoma statehood,” said Gov. Anoatubby.

Ground was broken at 11 a.m. at 2015 Lonnie Abbott for the new tribal government services building.

This new 14,000 square foot facility will include offices for the tribal election board, self-governance, tribal membership and citizenship as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trustee.

Gov. Anoatubby noted that combining the tribal government services and the federal agencies will not only be convenient for clients, but for tribal employees and federal workers as well.

“We have a great ongoing relationship with the BIA and other federal agencies,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “People in self-governance and other tribal government services offices work with the federal agencies often and it only makes sense for them to be in close proximity.”