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Release Date: May 27, 2006

by Tony Choate



Wednesday, August 30, 2006, will bring a very special commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chickasaw Constitution, as Chickasaw citizens, employees and friends step back in time for Chickasaw Constitution Day.

Chickasaw Constitution Day events will be conducted at the park near Good Spring in the Chickasaw Historic Capitol City of Tishomingo.

"This is such a significant moment in history, we want everyone to join us as we celebrate the foresight of the people who created the document which 'recognized and established the general, great and essential principles of Liberty and Free government,'" said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. "One hundred fifty years after our Chickasaw Constitution was ratified, we take great pride in honoring those who established our modern tribal government, and great joy in helping preserve that legacy for generations to come."

An evening of fun, food, music and festivities is planned to capture the spirit of the time when the Chickasaw Constitution established the modern government of the Chickasaw Nation.

An exciting one act play by the Chickasaw Living History Players depicting historic events surrounding the ratification of the constitution will be a highlight of the evening, while a spectacular fireworks display will cap the day's events.

A generous picnic dinner featuring foods from the time period will be provided free of charge.

Chickasaw Lighthorsemen in period uniform on horseback will patrol the capitol grounds.

Kids from eight to 80 will have the opportunity to enjoy sack races, three legged races, ring toss, horseshoe games and numerous other activities on the lawn.

Some may prefer to relax under a brush arbor and listen to the strains of a live band performing period music, while others may be moved to dance a jig.

Other activities will include tours of the capitol and a special Constitution Day awards ceremony.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the contest for best historical costume.

Cash prizes will also be awarded to winners of the student Constitution Day art contest and student Constitution Day essay competition.

Art created by contest participants will be on display on the capitol grounds for all to enjoy.

A variety of commemorative items, including replicas of the 1856 Constitution and other items will also be available.