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Release Date: January 02, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • The Chickasaw Nation offers a public evening Chickasaw language class at no charge to any interested student age four to 14 with the Chipota Chikashshanompoli (youth speaking Chickasaw) language club.

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation offers Chickasaw language classes at no charge to any interested student age 4 to 14.

The Chipota Chikashshanompoli (youth speaking Chickasaw) language club will meet 6-8 p.m., March 28, June 20 and Sept. 19 at Tishomingo’s Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 818 E. 6th St. Food and drinks will be provided.

Parents must complete an application for students to be admitted.

Participants will bolster their Chickasaw vocabulary and learn new phrases. They will build on vocabulary and grammar structures each session to advance their conversational speaking abilities.

The Chickasaw language was the primary language of Chickasaw people for hundreds of years, passed on to new generations orally. It is viewed as a gift from the ancestors.

Similar to many Native American tribes in the United States, the number of fluent speakers is decreasing. In 1994, the estimated number of fluent Chickasaw language speakers was less than 1,000. Today, there are less than 50 fluent speakers, with the vast majority older than 55.

Several programs and services have been established by the Chickasaw Nation to revitalize the language. To learn more about available programs and services, visit www.chickasaw.net/chickasawlanguage.

For more information regarding the children’s language class or for an application, email Sheina Wind at Sheina.Wind@Chickasaw.net or call (580) 272-5318, ext. 62359.