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Press Release

Release Date: May 19, 2008

by Dana Lance

  • Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, center, Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel, left, and Wayne Scribner, right, administrator of Chickasaw Nation Housing and Tribal Development Division, are joined by tribal legislators, staff and dignitaries to officially open the new Housing Division building. The building is located at 111 Rosedale in Ada.

The Chickasaw Nation Division of Housing and Tribal Development was highlighted during an open house for the new tribal housing building Monday, May 19.

The 28,081 square-foot facility houses 54 employees and is located at 111 Rosedale, in Ada.

Services such as rental assistance, homeowner education and counseling, storm shelters and loan programs are accessible in this new facility.

"Providing access to high quality housing is a high priority," said Bill Anoatubby, governor of the Chickasaw Nation. "The Housing program has opened a lot of doors for Chickasaw people and other Native Americans. This facility provides more convenience for our clients and enables our housing personnel to be even more efficient and effective."

The new building features drive-through convenience for the hundreds of people who utilize the programs offered by the housing division.

Wayne Scribner, Housing and Tribal Development Administrator, said the division fills a basic need.

He said Gov. Anoatubby gave him some important advice when he became administrator of the division.

"Gov. Anoatubby said 'we need to always remember the Chickasaw people are our first priority,'" said Mr. Scribner. "We keep that in mind in everything we do here."

Since the housing division was established, 2,600 homes had been constructed for Chickasaw citizens. To date, the Housing division has provided 675 home loans to Chickasaw citizens, said Scribner, and more than 1,200 storm shelters have been installed for tribal citizens.

Chuka Chukmasi, which is Chickasaw for beautiful home, is one avenue the Tribe utilizes to provide for the housing needs of clients. Chuka Chukmasi enables Chickasaw citizens and employees to purchase or refinance a home through an affordable home loan. Closing costs and down payment assistance are also available through the program. The program is not restricted by income level or location of residency.

More than 790 Chickasaw families are currently being assisted in Chickasaw Nation rental programs.

Counseling programs are also offered at the new location.

A 5,080 square-foot maintenance garage is also a part of the Housing Building complex. Oscar J. Boldt company served as contractor for the two buildings, which were designed by the architect firm of Boynton-Williams and Associates (BWA).

For more information about the Chickasaw Nation Housing Division, call 580-421-8800.