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Press Release

Release Date: July 30, 2004
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

DUNCAN, Okla. – Over 100 guests attended the community dinner July 20 at the Simmons Center in Duncan. Visitors learned about tribal services and expansion projects within the tribe. Guests were later served a meal by tribal employees.

From the arts, to health, to transportation, many information booths were displayed to familiarize Chickasaw citizens with programs and services offered by the tribe. Duncan /Marlow area Chickasaw citizens were able to talk one on one with division representatives.

Governor Bill Anoatubby, tribal legislators, administrators and other Chickasaw Nation employees were present at the dinner. Also in attendance was special guest Pearl Carter-Scott. Scott has been inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.

Before the meal, guests watched a slideshow showcasing progress the tribe is making to “enhance the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people,” Gov. Anoatubby told the crowd.

Gov. Anoatubby said one day the tribe would like to open a senior nutrition site in the Duncan/Marlow area. “Seniors are important treasures to all of us,” he said.

He later announced a desire to one day open a health clinic in the area. “One of our main goals is to prevent illness that is prevalent in our society,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

Gov. Anoatubby talked about recently opened projects like the new Children’s Village in Kingston, the Lazer Zone Family Life Center in Ada and the Diabetes Care Center.

“We take our job seriously,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “We are servant leaders, here to serve Chickasaw people.”

Also featured in the presentation were upcoming expansion projects within the Chickasaw Nation including: the Lazer Zone Family Fun Center in Ada, Chisholm Trail in Marlow, Purcell Health Clinic, Pauls Valley Senior Nutrition Site, Treasure Valley Hotel and Restaurant, WinStar Hotel, Ardmore Wellness Center and the Cultural Center.

“Our most important investment is our people,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “Our investment in education, senior citizens programs and youth programs, just to name a few.”

Bill Lance, administrator for the division of health, also spoke about the many services available to Chickasaw citizens. He urged citizens to take advantage of tribally funded health programs like the hearing aid program, medical assistance program and eye glasses program.