The Chickasaw Nation & National Recreation Area - Gulf Coast Prairie

The Chickasaw Nation & National Recreation Area - Gulf Coast Prairie

The Chickasaw Nation & National Recreation Area Welcome to the Chickasaw Nation - Chokma! The Chickasaw Nation website is filled with the latest infor...

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The Chickasaw Nation & National Recreation Area Welcome to the Chickasaw Nation - Chokma! The Chickasaw Nation website is filled with the latest information regarding programs and services, events, facilities, history, culture and more. https://www.chickasaw.net/Home.aspx The Chickasaw Cultural Center The Chickasaw Cultural Center offers a world of opportunity to learn and connect with Native American history. Watch the story of the Chickasaw people unfold before your eyes through powerful performances, reenactments, demonstrations, collections and exhibits at one of the largest and most extensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Share in our passion, walk through our past and look to our future – all in one unforgettable experience. “Built on the ideas, imagination and creativity of Chickasaws from all walks of life, this center incorporates nature, history, heritage and life ways to tell the ongoing story of the Chickasaw people. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the vision, resilience and spirit of the men, women and children of the Chickasaw Nation.” Governor Bill Anoatubby http://www.chickasawculturalcenter.com/ Anoli' Theater The Anoli' Theater is a state-of-the-art venue complete with a giant, four-story movie screen and a new, 2k high-definition digital projector. The theater primarily serves as a venue for showcasing American Indian history through film, but it also hosts a variety of special events and presentations. The Aaimpa' Café The Aaimpa' ("a place to eat") Café features a variety of appetizers, entrées and desserts. In addition to modern American favorites, you can taste traditional American Indian food like fry bread; buffalo burgers and chili; Indian tacos; pishofa, a traditional Chickasaw corn soup; or grape dumplings, a classic dessert. Our campus Spiral Garden provides vegetables for many of our menu items, so each dish is fresh and authentic. Historical Perspectives of the “Five Civilized Tribes” and Chickasaw National Recreation Area In the 1820s, the federal government adopted a policy of Indian Removal from the eastern United States to the prairies of what are now the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The Indian Nations in the Old South—Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida—were the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole (“Five Civilized Tribes”). These Nations were relocated to an area later labeled Indian Territory. In 1907 this area became the state of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation was the first to be relocated during a period of 15 years, 1820-1835. They were assigned land covering the southern third of Oklahoma. Beginning in 1837 government April 15, 2017

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officials began prodding the Chickasaw Nation to migrate west into Indian Territory. An agreement between the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations allowed the Chickasaw to settle on part of the Choctaw land grant. In 1855, the two tribes and the U.S. government agreed to split this area into two sections. The land acquired by the Chickasaw was south-central Oklahoma and included 640 acres and over thirty springs, which would later become a National Park. By the late 1890s settlers had built the town of Sulphur Springs around the fresh and mineral springs, with hotels and bath houses that promoted the waters’ medicinal qualities. http://www.chickasawculturalcenter.com/about-us Residents of the town and the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, fearing the waters would suffer from uncontrolled use, worked with government officials to find ways to save the springs. In 1902 the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations sold all the springs and 640 acres to the Department of the Interior for protection, becoming the Sulphur Springs Reservation. Sulphur Springs Reservation was renamed Platt National Park in 1906. To honor the Indian Nation who originally ceded the land in 1902, the park became Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The Chickasaw Nation played an important role in the preservation of the original springs and creeks. Go to the following website to find out more about the National Park and relationship with the Chickasaw Nation. https://www.nps.gov/chic/index.htm Today, the Chickasaw Nation is economically strong, culturally vibrant and full of energetic people dedicated to the preservation of family, community and heritage. Since the 1980s, tribal government has focused efforts on building an economically diverse base to generate funds that will support programs and services to Indian people. Business has flourished, programs and services have grown, and the quality of life for all Chickasaws has been greatly enhanced. The Chickasaw Nation’s current three-branch system of government was established with the ratification of the 1983 Chickasaw Nation Constitution. The elected officials provided for in the Constitution believe in a unified commitment, whereby government policy serves the common good of all Chickasaw citizens. This common good extends to future generations as well as today’s citizens. The structure of the current government encourages and supports infrastructure for strong business ventures and an advanced tribal economy. The Chickasaw Nation uses new technologies and dynamic business strategies in a global market. As in times past, the Chickasaw work ethic is very much a part of everyday life today. Monies generated in business are divided between investments for further diversification of enterprises and support of tribal government operations, programs and services for Chickasaw people. This unique system is key to the Chickasaw Nation’s efforts to pursue self-sufficiency and selfdetermination which helps ensure that Chickasaws stay a united and thriving people. April 15, 2017

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