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Release Date: April 02, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation Toksali Successful Mindsets with Attitude and Readiness for Tomorrow (SMART) program is a great opportunity for Native American youth to earn up to $2,000 while gaining real-world work experience, which may include job shadowing, mentoring, leadership opportunities and job training.

The program begins June 4 and will continue until July 20.

All members of federally-recognized Native American tribes age 14 to 21 are eligible to apply. Participants must reside within the Chickasaw Nation’s boundaries which includes all or parts of 13 counties in Oklahoma.

Those counties are: Grady, McClain, Garvin, Pontotoc, Stephens, Carter, Murray, Johnston, Jefferson, Love, Marshall, Bryan and Coal counties.

Worksites are available within Chickasaw Nation departments as well as non-tribal professional entities in local communities.

Ada is a primary hub for job sites, having hosted almost half of all Toksali SMART participants last year. Towns like Ardmore, Sulphur, Tishomingo, Purcell and Duncan are among other locations which offer excellent tribal and non-tribal work opportunities.

Toksali SMART participants receive job placement assistance based on interest assessment results. In addition to work experience, participants attend weekly training and educational sessions.

The required training and education sessions include: Chickasaw Nation core values, Chickasaw language, cultural experiences, financial literacy, wellness, nutrition, customer service, community service opportunities, character and leadership development.

More than 680 Native American youth participated in the program last year. Many participants have gone on to work with the Chickasaw Nation, often attaining leadership roles through diligence and hard work.

Applications can be found online at or at any Chickasaw Nation Area Office.

For more information, visit or contact your local Chickasaw Nation Area Office.

The deadline to apply is April 13.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016