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Release Date: September 06, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

SULPHUR, Okla. - The Chickasaw Nation invites patrons to take part in Monarch Butterfly Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center to honor the endangered species with conservation awareness and family fun. The event is Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monarch Butterfly Day is hosted in cooperation with several federal, state and local organizations. Participants have the opportunity to meet numerous groups that will provide a wide range of exciting activities, including a butterfly tent, caterpillar and pollinator plant giveaways, a food truck, and more.

Recently, the monarch has been categorized as an endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The monarch butterfly has been placed on the IUCN’s “red list” of threatened species, and is also being considered as a candidate for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act.

The “Hatulhpushik” (butterfly) is a meaningful creature to the Chickasaw Nation, representing perseverance and the ability to adapt and change. It is also the symbol of the Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation Conference.

The beautiful orange and black monarch butterflies are native to North and South America. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the monarch makes a multi-generational 3,000-mile migration, traveling south to Mexico in the fall and back to Canada in the spring.

Since 2015, the Chickasaw Nation has worked with six First American tribes to establish 50,000 milkweed plants throughout Oklahoma to increase the availability of the food critical to monarch butterfly survival. The Tribal Alliance of Pollinators includes the Chickasaw, Muscogee, Seminole, Eastern Shawnee, Osage, Miami and Citizen Potawatomi.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center provides a monarch’s paradise, the Butterfly Garden. The garden is filled with milkweed and other pollinator plants that help to support the butterflies. There are large colorful butterfly statues and educational panels that highlight the plight of the monarch. The Chickasaw Cultural Center also has more than 45 other gardens that butterflies can visit as well.

About the Chickasaw Cultural Center

The Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur, Oklahoma, provides an immersive experience of the rich and vibrant Chickasaw heritage through the Chikasha Inchokka’ Traditional Village, interactive and informative exhibits in the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center, beautiful sculpture and lush gardens throughout the campus and more. Personal family research can be done at the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

For more information, call (580) 622-7130 or visit ChickasawCulturalCenter.com.