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Chickasaw Historical Society

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The Chickasaw Historical Society was established by tribal law on April 15, 1994. Since that time the historical society and society members have worked towards the mission statement of promoting, preserving and protecting Chickasaw culture and family traditions. The Chickasaw community is of great importance to the historical society board of directors.

The Chickasaw Historical Society works to:
  • Research and document historical information
  • Profile achievements of our citizens
  • Promote tribal arts
  • Educate in our language
  • Encourage archival and museum donations

 

Membership Categories:

Student: $15/year(copy of current student I.D. is required)

  • Receives Ishtunowa twice a year, T-shirt upon initial signup, email updates on new journals and events, free admission to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 10% off Chickasaw Cultural Center café and gift shop items, 10% off Chickasaw Press retail items, 10% off the Chickasaw Council House and Capitol Building Museum gift shops, 10% off the ARTisian gallery gift shop.

Regular Member: $25/year

  • Receives Ishtunowa twice a year, T-shirt upon initial signup, email updates on new journals and events, free admission to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 10% off Chickasaw Cultural Center café and gift shop items, 10% off Chickasaw Press retail items, 10% off the Chickasaw Council House and Capitol Building Museum gift shops, 10% off the ARTisian gallery gift shop.

Patron: $55/year:

  • Receives Ishtunowa twice a year, T-shirt upon initial signup, copy of Iksaachi, email updates on new journals and events, free admission to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 10% off Chickasaw Cultural Center café and gift shop items, 10% off Chickasaw Press retail items, 10% off the Chickasaw Council House and Capitol Building Museum gift shops, 10% off the ARTisian gallery gift shop.

Corporate:$105/year

  • Receives Ishtunowa twice a year, T-shirt upon initial signup, email updates on new journals and events, copy of Iksaachi, free engraved brick from our CHS memorial brick program, free admission to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 10% off Chickasaw Cultural Center café and gift shop items, 10% off Chickasaw Press retail items, 10% off the Chickasaw Council House and Capitol Building Museum gift shops, 10% off the ARTisian gallery gift shop.

Corporate Patron:$355/year

  • Receives Ishtunowa twice a year, T-shirt upon initial signup, email updates on new journals and events, copy of Iksaachi, free engraved brick, most recent set of The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture in beautiful hardback binding with gold lettering on the spine, free admission to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 10% off Chickasaw Cultural Center café and gift shop items, 10% off Chickasaw Press retail items, 10% off the Chickasaw Council House and Capitol Building Museum gift shops, 10% off the ARTisian gallery gift shop.

Renewing members will receive a special gift.

The Chickasaw Historical Society stretches into other states and other countries providing services that benefit the Chickasaw people.

The following are endeavors created by CHS:

The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture
The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture is a biannual (twice yearly) journal that has featured more than 150 articles covering subjects from pre-history to modern-day events.

Chickasaw Historical Society Conference

The Chickasaw Historical Society invites you to our virtual sixth annual conference event on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Our theme for the conference is “Chickasaw Journeys: Our Land – Our Connection.” The event will begin at 9 a.m.

We are excited to share speakers and presentations that explore the connection Chickasaws have to the land around them. Our speakers for this year’s event are Mr. Kirk Perry, Executive Officer, Historic Preservation; Ms. Rhonda Sellers, Ecological Resource Coordinator, Chickasaw Cultural Center, and Judge Deanna Hartley-Kelso, Chickasaw Nation District Court. Presentations will include “Land Patents in Mississippi and Allotments in Indian Territory,” “Native Plants and Food,” and “Discussion on Chickasaw Trust Case.”

To participate, please click on the link located on the right side of this page in the online applications section. Complete the registration form to reserve your invitation to the conference. We are only accepting online registration forms, and you will be asked to provide an email to receive your registration confirmation. Once registration is processed, your email confirmation will include a link to the virtual conference. Email reminders will be sent out one week prior and the day before the event.

Registration is free for CHS members and $25 for non-members, which includes a one-year membership to the Chickasaw Historical Society. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 5. We will be happy to answer any questions or help you register for the virtual conference. Please contact us at (580) 436-7282 or by email at CHS@chickasaw.net.

Other Information

Memorial Fund

The Chickasaw Historical Society Board of Directors has set up a Memorial Fund to honor the memory of the late Vinnie May (Sadie) Humes. Mrs. Humes and her husband, the Reverend Jess Humes, compiled a Chickasaw dictionary that was printed in 1972. For her educational contributions, Mrs. Humes was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 1991.

Mrs. Humes said in an interview: “We sat at that kitchen table, working. We had this little old Webster's Dictionary, and I would call out the English word and Jess would hand it back in Chickasaw, pronouncing it in syllables and spelling it phonetically. Our aim wasn't to get the meaning of the words so much as it was to help people who wanted to learn how to speak the language.”

The Chickasaw Historical Society does accept contributions to the Vinnie May (Sadie) Humes Memorial Fund.

Chickasaw Historical Society Vinnie May (Sadie) Humes Memorial Fund
Chickasaw Historical Society
P.O. Box 1548
Ada, OK 74821

All contributors will be listed in The Journal of Chickasaw History.

Online Applications

Service Area

Both

This service is available both inside and outside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

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Contact Information

Phone:
(580) 436-7282

Email:

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821

Location

Chickasaw Press
1020 N. Mississippi
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 436-7282