Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby filed for reelection to a new term as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation with his running mate Lt. Governor Chris Anoatubby.
“Serving the Chickasaw people as governor is a great honor and a tremendous responsibility,” Governor Anoatubby said. “Through hard work and commitment, the Chickasaw people are making the most of more opportunities than ever before. Our goal is to offer Chickasaws even greater opportunities to succeed in every aspect of life.”
Lt. Governor Chris Anoatubby filed for reelection to his second term.
“Governor Anoatubby and our team are dedicated to serving the Chicaksaw people and offering a variety of opportunities in all areas of life,” said Lt. Governor Chris Anoatubby. “From health care to education, we are working to meet the evolving needs of Chickasaws of all ages.”
Governor Anoatubby’s administration has led the Chickasaw Nation to exponential growth in highly successful business operations and expansive development of programs and services available to the Chickasaw people and other First Americans.
“Successful business diversification efforts have long been integral to our success, because federal funding does not adequately meet the needs of our people, and the Chickasaw Nation has no tax base,” Governor Anoatubby said. “Rather than taxes, we rely on the entrepreneurial spirit that is such a strong part of our Chickasaw culture to generate the funds needed to offer opportunities to our fellow Chickasaws.”
Today, the Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 successful businesses in gaming, hospitality, tourism, banking, manufacturing, chocolate and other industries.
“We continue to invest in established businesses to ensure continued success while also evaluating new opportunities,” Governor Anoatubby said. “It is essential to continue diversifying our portfolio to help ensure economic stability into the future.”
Business revenues provide most of the funding for more than 200 programs and services available to the Chickasaw people and other First Americans.
Education is one example. Today, in addition to providing grants and scholarships totaling almost $28 million each year to more than 6,000 students, the Chickasaw Nation operates three Headstarts and one pre-school. The tribe offers tutoring assistance, internships and operates the Chickasaw Institute of Technology.
The Chickasaw Nation has also expanded and improved housing services to help meet the needs of Chickasaws in all walks of life. Those services include home ownership and home improvement programs, as well as storm shelter programs and counseling.
Today, the tribe operates the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, four clinics, eight pharmacies, five nutrition centers, eight WIC offices and five wellness centers.
This year alone, the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health served more than one million patient interactions, delivered nearly 1,000 babies, filled more than 1.4 million prescriptions and mailed more than 600,000 more across the country, and served more than 88,000 meals to children while shipping approximately 680,000 meals to Chickasaw youth in 2022.
“We have long believed it is important to move beyond treating disease to treating the whole person, so we are increasing our focus on preventive health care,” Governor Anoatubby said. “We also offer a wide array of activities and nutrition services to promote health and wellness.”
Today, the Chickasaw Nation operates 12 senior centers.
“While the senior centers and community centers provide physical locations that help bring Chickasaw people together, it is our shared cultural identity that truly binds us together,” Governor Anoatubby said.
Opened in 2010, the Chickasaw Cultural Center may be the most visible example of the numerous language and culture programs that have been implemented to help ensure the Chickasaw culture stays strong for generations to come.
Governor Anoatubby proclaimed the decade of 2022-2032 as “Chikashshanompa’ Ilanompoli’! (Let’s Speak Chickasaw!): A Decade of Chickasaw Language,” drawing attention to the need of preserving and promoting the Chickasaw language.
The Chickasaw Nation offers a wide array of opportunities to learn the Chickasaw language and traditional ways of life through innovative technology, like Rosetta Stone Chickasaw and the Chikasha Academy Adult Immersion Program which creates a unique opportunity for Chickasaws to learn the language from fluent speakers. The Chickasaw Nation also launched three apps to aid in the preservation of language last year.
“We help keep our culture alive through language, arts, songs and games. We help our fellow Chickasaws succeed through service to our nation. Together, we will continue to build on our vision of a nation of successful and united people with a strong cultural identity. We are Chickasaw, and we will succeed.”