Government

Mission | Vision | Core Values |

The tribal government of the Chickasaw Nation is a democratic republic, modeled after that of the federal government. Registered voters elect a governor and lieutenant governor to four-year terms. Like the president and vice president of the United States, the governor and lieutenant governor run as a team.

Executive Department
Article X of the Chickasaw Constitution states, "The Supreme Executive power of the Chickasaw Nation is vested in a Chief Magistrate, who shall be styled 'The Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.'" He is the official spokesperson for the tribe and shares in the law-making process through recommendations made to the tribal legislature. The governor's duties include the day-to-day operations of the tribe, as well as the signing of official papers and official appointments.

The governor of the Chickasaw Nation works much like U.S. presidents with staff and cabinet members to help guide the many departments and divisions within the tribe. While some departments and divisions serve the tribal citizens directly through programs and services, many tribal employees work behind the scenes, fulfilling internal tribal needs.

Legislative Department
Registered Chickasaw voters also elect 13 members to the tribal legislature, with three-year terms of office. About one-third of the seats in the legislature are up for election each year.

Judicial Department
Three justices are also elected on the tribal supreme court. The three supreme court justices perform constitutional interpretative duties much like the U.S. Supreme Court.

The first constitution of the Chickasaw Nation was ratified in 1856. A new constitution was ratified in 1983. The seat of the tribal government is located in Ada, with regional offices located in Ardmore, Ada, Tishomingo and Purcell.

Elected Government Officials:
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Three Tribal Supreme Court Justices
  • 13 Members of the Chickasaw Tribal Legislature 
Chickasaw Nation Mission
To enhance the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw People.

Chickasaw Nation Vision
To be a Nation of successful and united people with a strong cultural identity.

Chickasaw Nation Core Values
Core Values are the fundamental, guiding principles of an organization. At the Chickasaw Nation, we value:
  • The Chickasaw People
    • Our focus and commitment is on the Chickasaw people and improving the quality of life of all Chickasaws. We are empowered and unified in purpose.
  • Cultural Identity
    • We will preserve our cultural history and incorporate it into everything we do.
  • Servant Leadership
    • We are accountable to the Chickasaw Nation and we put our people first.
  • Selflessness
    • We give of ourselves for the betterment of our people.
  • Can Do Attitude
    • We will work graciously with a Can Do attitude and a solution oriented philosophy by doing the right thing for the right reason.
  • Perseverance
    • We will never quit. We have a warrior tradition.
  • Stewardship
    • We will responsibly use the Nation’s resources entrusted to us.
  • Trust and Respect
    • We trust one another and earn the trust of our citizens. We are caring and compassionate.
  • Loyalty
    • We are committed to the Chickasaw Nation, its mission and its goals.
  • Honesty and Integrity
    • We will do what we say and are honest and trustworthy. We uphold ethical standards and are accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork
    • We work as a team with a strong work ethic toward solving the problems of the Nation.

Last Updated: 01/11/2016