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Release Date: June 12, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • The Chickasaw Nation is hosting the 5th Annual Veterans Conference at WinStar World Casino and Resort Wednesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference can be livestreamed starting at 10 a.m. from any mobile device or computer.

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Chickasaw veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserve service members are invited to the 5th Annual Chickasaw Veterans Conference, Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m., at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville.

Enjoy a day of keynotes tailored to veterans and military families, a Q&A format panel discussion on service, a special stomp dance presentation and fellowship.

A livestream of the conference will be accessible at using any computer or mobile device starting at 10 a.m.

The conference will provide detailed information about programs and services specifically designed to support Chickasaw veterans.

A Q&A panel titled “Chickasaw Warriors in Action, How We Serve,” will consist of veterans from different backgrounds sharing experiences and how they continue to serve communities and fellow service members.

This year’s keynote speaker, Rebecca Owens, will give a presentation on “Why We Serve.” There will also be other discussions throughout the day including “Honoring Military Spouses” with Maj. Clay Fees, Oklahoma National Guard state family program director and brigade judge advocate for the 45th Field Artillery Brigade.

The conference is available at no cost. Chickasaw veterans, National Guard, reserves and active service members may attend. For more information, contact Chickasaw Nation Veterans Services at (580) 272-2550, email or visit

About the Chickasaw Nation Veterans Lodge

Chickasaw veterans are invited to enjoy fellowship 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday, at the Chickasaw Nation Veterans Lodge, 1909 Warrior Way on the Ada South Campus.

The 15,000-square-foot building also serves veterans by providing a convenient location to apply for benefits available through the state and federal government, as well as the Chickasaw Nation.

The south side of the veterans lodge provides space for tribal experts who counsel and assist veterans in finding various programs and benefits available to them.

The north part of the facility is a gathering place for leisure activities so veterans may enjoy the company of other service members. A large activity room is equipped with a pool table, ping pong and card tables in addition to a hospitality area. A kitchen and dining room support large gatherings and events. A large sunroom is available as well.

The front courtyard showcases the five military flags and seals of the United States armed forces and features the iconic Chickasaw Warrior statue.

The lodge was built near the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center so veterans receiving medical attention could be close to health facilities.

About the Chickasaw Warrior Society

The renowned reputation of Chickasaw warriors is centuries old. Ancient Chickasaws were known as a warrior nation that formed societies to fiercely participate in battle. These warrior societies were ingrained into the Chickasaw way of life.

The tradition of the Chickasaw warrior has continued to present day, where Chickasaw men and women have answered the call to serve our nation in every branch of the military and fought for their country on numerous battlefields throughout the world.

For more information about the Chickasaw Nation Veterans Lodge or other services offered through Chickasaw Nation Veterans Affairs, call (580) 272-2550 or visit