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Release Date: April 25, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, center, with large scissors, is joined by a host of Chickasaw Nation and Johnston County dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Chickasaw Nation Information Center in Tishomingo, April 25. Located at the intersection of Capitol and Main streets, the 10,765-square-foot Information Center houses the Chickasaw Nation Tourism Department, tribal Office of Special Events, Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and Johnston County Historical Society.

TISHOMINGO, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led ribbon cutting ceremonies to officially open the new Chickasaw Nation Information Center Tuesday, April 25.

Gov. Anoatubby said the Chickasaw Nation Information Center is designed to shine a light on the many attractions the Tishomingo area has to offer. It is also an opportunity for the Chickasaw Nation to enrich its partnership with the historic city.

“Tishomingo has a historical connection with the Chickasaws. This area is home to many links to our tribal history and identity. We are excited to see the Tishomingo area grow and we look forward to sharing the Chickasaw story with visitors,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

The new Information Center serves as a gateway for the many attractions in this historic section of the Chickasaw Nation, including the Chickasaw National Capitol Building and Council House Museum, Chickasaw White House, Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and Blue River.

Located at the intersection of Capitol and Main streets, the 10,765-square-foot Information Center houses the Chickasaw Nation Tourism Department, tribal Office of Special Events, Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and Johnston County Historical Society.

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and the Johnston County Historical Society,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “We are excited to see the positive impact this new facility will have on local tourism and the economy.”

Almost 3,000 square feet of the building is dedicated to providing visitors with tourism information, with kiosks filled with information about Johnston County and Chickasaw Country.

Visitors to Johnston County and Chickasaw Country will be provided with information regarding tourism destinations and attractions, including cultural sites, hotels, recreation and other opportunities.

“The Tishomingo area has a great deal of natural beauty to explore, including Pennington Creek, the Blue River, the Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge and the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

Visitors will also find information about local historic locations, such as the Chickasaw National Capitol Building and Council House Museum and the Chickasaw Bank Museum.

The building also features a conference room, hospitality bar, full kitchen and restroom facilities all designed to accommodate large groups.

A separate 2,600 square-foot storage building is also on the property.

Chickasaw Information Center hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the center, visit Chickasaw Country’s website at ChickasawCountry.com.

Chickasaw History

The Chickasaw Nation’s connection with the area dates back beyond 1856 when Chickasaw citizens gathered at Pennington Creek to draft the tribal constitution.

The Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival is conducted each fall in Tishomingo and draws thousands of visitors from across the country.

In addition to the Information Center, the Chickasaw Nation has several new facilities in Tishomingo, each designed to improve services to citizens, including a new Senior Center, medical clinic expansion and a new Head Start facility.

About Tishomingo

Tishomingo is the historic capital of the Chickasaw Nation and the county seat of Johnston County. Nestled within Johnston County, Tishomingo has a wide variety of entertainment options, including downtown boutiques and the great outdoors, including the Blue River and Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge.

For more information about Tishomingo and Chickasaw Country, visit www.chickasawcountry.com.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016