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Press Release

Release Date: May 09, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Kyle Key

Governor Bill Anoatubby has appointed Kyle Key, a Chickasaw citizen, Chickasaw Nation executive officer of Self-governance.

“Kyle Key has developed expansive knowledge and insight into the important role of self-governance and government-to-government relationships in our efforts to serve the Chickasaw people,” Governor Anoatubby said. “Kyle’s extensive experience and commitment to the Chickasaw people have helped prepare him for this important work.”

In his new role, Mr. Key will continue to build and maintain professional working relationships between the Chickasaw Nation and federal and state agencies, advocating on issues concerning tribal sovereignty and self-governance.

“Self-governance has been so significant to the Chickasaw Nation by providing us an opportunity to better meet the needs of our tribal citizens,” Mr. Key said. “It is an honor to be appointed to this position by Governor Anoatubby. As an employee of the Chickasaw Nation, I am dedicated to strengthening its mission by advancing and expanding the provisions of tribal self-governance and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr. Key began his career within the Chickasaw Nation in 2005 as a field investigator at the office of the gaming commissioner. He helped establish and provide support for the Chickasaw Nation’s initial self-ban process as it pertained to the tribal-state gaming compact. He was responsible for investigating gaming facilities’ patrons and employees, if needed. Mr. Key also developed standard operating procedures, supporting regulations and operating guidelines for electronic games, off-track betting and other issues related to tribal gaming and commerce.

In 2006, Mr. Key became a chief field investigator within the office of the gaming commissioner. Mr. Key was instrumental in supporting gaming operations within the Chickasaw Nation, including determining early regulatory procedures dealing with poker, blackjack and Class III gaming machines. Additionally, Mr. Key was involved in creating the initial procedures used for the office of the gaming commissioner.

Shifting into loss prevention/protective services, Mr. Key would become senior manager of loss prevention within the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce. He led more than 1,200 employees in the protection of gaming and retail facilities. Mr. Key was responsible for multiple budgets while overseeing the departments within loss prevention.

Mr. Key became senior management within the Chickasaw Nation when he was appointed director of protective services in 2013. Tasked with updating policies and procedures, he successfully led protective services through a revamping of report writing systems, as well as approved new training procedures and a new operating manual for the security team. Mr. Key played a vital role in fostering the relationship between protective services and the Lighthorse Police Department.

“My experiences with tribal government within the fields of regulatory compliance, protective services, emergency management and employee development have brought me to where I am today” Mr. Key said. “I have learned that it takes all of us working together to continue to advance tribal sovereignty and I would be remiss if I did not thank all of the great leaders and coworkers that have shared this journey with me. Through these relationships I have developed a great understanding of perseverance and servant leadership. It is humbling to be recognized in this way.”

Mr. Key earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Oklahoma with minors in French, history and political science. As a founding member of the American Gaming Association’s Security and Surveillance Workgroup Advisory Panel, Mr. Key helps to coordinate security efforts within gaming enterprises nationwide. Within the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Key participated in the development of the emergency management department. He is a member of the Chickasaw Nation Public Safety Workgroup.