Governor's Monthly Message

November Message

Veterans Day 2020 marks new Native American Veterans Memorial

November 11 marks our country’s annual observance of Veterans Day. On this special day, we honor all our men and women who have served in our United States Armed Forces.

Veterans...


October Message

Dynamic government, focus on citizens have driven Chickasaw growth

The history of the world includes the rise, expansion, decline and fall of numerous empires and dynasties.

The Russian Empire, Yuan Dynasty, Portuguese Empire, Spanish Empire and...


September Message

This year, we will gather in spirit to celebrate our 60th Annual Meeting

This year marks the 60th anniversary of our Chickasaw Annual Meeting.

Our Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival events are traditionally a wonderful time of gathering, celebrating...


August Message

Completing the U.S. Census form is critically important to your tribe

The decennial U.S. Census is being conducted this year. The U.S. Constitution directs the federal government to count all Americans every 10 years.

The 2020 Census is critically...


July Message

On Independence Day, we celebrate being American and Chickasaw

Our American Declaration of Independence this month celebrates its 244th anniversary.

Adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, the Declaration marks...


June Message

Planned reopening underway with safety, health our top priorities

On May 27, we began a phased reopening of a number of our commercial facilities, including our casinos and gaming centers.

We have embarked on this “phase one” process in a...


May Message

Your government has adjusted to the rapidly changing environment

The main responsibility of our Chickasaw Nation government, now and in the future, is service to the Chickasaw people. Those of us who serve you in your government are working hard to continue...


April Message

We are united in our efforts to keep Chickasaws, others healthy

We are all keenly aware the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is highly contagious and dangerous. We have received specific warnings and directions from the National Institutes of Health and the...


March Message

Seeley Chapel gathering marked renewed Chickasaw dynamism

It was October 26, 1963 when Chickasaws gathered at Seeley Chapel, near Connerville, Okla. to witness Overton James’ oath of office as the appointed Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. It...


February Message

We had an idea for growth. It turned out to be a very good idea!

American writer and humorist Mark Twain once wrote, “A person with a new idea is a crank…until that idea succeeds!” At the Chickasaw Nation, we had a good idea many years ago,...


January Message

We are historic builders, of quality structures and quality lives

The beginning of the new year offers us time to reflect on the past, and make plans for a bright future for ourselves and our families. The beginning of this new decade also allows us time to...