Biography

Bill Anoatubby began work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1975 as its health services director. A year later, he was asked to direct its finance department. In October 1978, he was promoted to the position of special assistant to the governor and controller. In 1979, he was elected as the tribe’s first Lt. Governor. Governor Anoatubby was elected to his first term as Governor in 1987. In his first term, Governor Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on the way to achieving those goals. In 1987, the tribe had about 250 employees. Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs more than 14,000 people. The financial condition of the tribe has been improved tremendously. Funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially. Tribal assets have grown two-hundredfold. Governor Anoatubby is committed to meeting the needs of Chickasaw people through programs and services. Governor Anoatubby and his wife, Janice, have two sons, Brian and Chris and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney and Preslea.

Background:
From 1972 to 1974, Bill Anoatubby worked for the American Plating Company, managing the office operations of the firm. For the next year, he worked for the Little Giant Corporation, performing accounting, systems and budgetary control, cost monitoring, financial analysis and electronic data processing for the company.

In July 1975, he began working for the Chickasaw Nation at its headquarters (then located in Sulphur, Oklahoma) as director of tribal health services. In that job, he planned, organized and managed all tribal health programs, personnel and government contract funds. The tribe provided services to the Indian people in a 13-county area of south central Oklahoma.

A year later, he was transferred to the tribal finance department to plan, organize and direct the accounting department. He performed accounting functions for financial transactions relating to federal and non-federal programs and tribal businesses. He developed and improved accounting systems for the tribal programs and businesses and performed a myriad of other functions, including preparing financial statements and reports, doing budget analysis and revisions and filling all financial reports and tax returns.

In October 1978, he was promoted to the position of special assistant to the governor and controller. In this job, he supervised department directors and was in charge of program management and reporting, including personnel.

In late 1979, Bill Anoatubby was elected the first Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation by popular vote of the tribe's citizens. Prior to the completion of his first term in office, he was re-elected to another four-year term, taking office in October 1983.

He became the 30th Governor of the Chickasaw Nation when he was elected to the position in 1987. He has since been re-elected to serve each term, and began his eighth term in office in 2015.

The Governor manages more than 14,000 employees, more than 200 government programs and numerous tribal businesses. Under Bill Anoatubby's financial leadership, the Chickasaw Nation became one of the first tribal governments in the United States to be certified as an A-102 tribe, with superior ratings for management and fiscal controls.

Last Updated: 10/9/2018