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Release Date: September 01, 2006
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Known for its innovative programs, businesses and services the Chickasaw Nation today announced another first: the inaugural publishing and book launch of “Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable” beginning at 1:30 on Saturday, October 7, on the historic tribal capitol grounds in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The beautiful and vibrant hardbound book illustrates the story of the Chickasaw Nation.

“Readers will experience a story of survival, persistence, history and culture of a people not only determined to survive, but to prosper and build successful and meaningful lives,” said Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.

Telling the proud story of the third largest Native American tribe in the United States, the 128-page book features color photography by renowned threetime Oklahoma Photographer of the Year David Fitzgerald;.The volume features graphics, art, essays, recollections and memoirs of the Chickasaw people from Removal to present day.

A testament to the resilience and strength of tribal citizens, the book spotlights notables such as Mary Te Ata Thompson Fisher, beloved storyteller and actress who performed before kings and queens and broke down barriers and stereotypes for indigenous peoples from all walks of life; John B. Herrington, retired U. S. Navy Commander and the first Native American astronaut to fly in space, he carried a Chickasaw flag presented to him by Gov. Anoatubby; Tom Cole, a U. S. representative serving in Oklahoma’s 4th District and the great-grand nephew of Te Ata; Mike Larsen, named Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, he has captured history and revealed the spiritual hearts of those he paints and sculpts; and Dr. Judy Goforth Parker, professor of nursing at East Central University in Ada, Okla., nationally recognized for her efforts to further culturally sensitive diabetes education and intervention.

“This book retells the story of our people and salutes them for their determination and drive,” Lona Barrick, Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities Administrator, said. “Our readers will enjoy turning the pages and seeing beloved friends and family members as we invite others to experience the proud tradition of the Chickasaw.”

Published by the Chickasaw Press in association with Graphic Arts Center Publishing, the book features essays by Jeannie Barbour, Amanda Cobb, Linda Hogan and an introduction by Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.

Available at bookstores nationwide and also available for purchase online at http://www.chickasaw.net/. For more information, please contact the Chickasaw Outpost at (580) 332-1458.