Press Release

Release Date: June 30, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



OKLAHOMA CITY – Chickasaw citizen Nick Jackson said that the Chokka’ Kilimpi’ program was instrumental in his success at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Jackson earned a degree in professional studies with a double minor in theatre arts and English/creative writing while receiving guidance from the program throughout his college career.

“I cannot say enough good things about my experience with the recruitment and retention program,” Jackson said. “The coordinators I worked with were kind and encouraging. They made me look forward to Chokka' Kilimpi' events. This program made my senior year infinite times better than what it would have been.”

The recruitment and retention program’s social dinners and network opportunities with other Chickasaw students provided more than just educational guidance by helping build a lasting support system for Jackson.

“I have told other Chickasaw students I’ve met that they need to come to Chokka' Kilimpi' events because they are always educational, whether you’re learning how to make a drum, weave a basket or getting to know another Chickasaw student, you’re always learning,” he said.

By taking advantage of all the program offers, Jackson was able to develop his academic skills, learn about tribal resources and create a network of support while cultivating a connection to his Chickasaw heritage.

The on-campus support from the recruitment and retention coordinators combined with Chickasaw Nation Higher Education grants helped Jackson complete his college education.

“I am proud to be a member of a nation that strongly supports higher education,” Jackson said.

The recent graduate plans to pursue interests in acting, improv, cultures and possible travel.

LUNCH AND LEARN EVENT

The Chickasaw Nation Chokka’ Kilimpi’ Recruitment and Retention program will host a lunch and learn event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at The Barn in the Plaza District, 1601 North Blackwelder Avenue.

Students will watch the film “First Encounter” while enjoying lunch provided by the recruitment and retention program and socializing with other Chickasaw students.

“First Encounter” chronicles the initial contact of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto with the Chickasaws when they resided in the ancestral homeland of Mississippi.

The event is open at no charge for Chickasaw citizens who are enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) or Oklahoma City Community College.

For more information about the program, contact Karen Reveles at Karen.Reveles@chickasaw.net.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016