Press Release

Release Date: May 26, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, center, is joined by members of the Chickasaw Youth Club, Sulphur, and Chickasaw Nation dignitaries and elected officials, Friday, May 26 in Sulphur. Groundbreaking ceremonies were also conducted to begin construction on a new Chickasaw Head Start building in the same location. Photo by Jacquelyn Sparks.

SULPHUR, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led ceremonies to open the Chickasaw Nation Youth Club and to begin construction of a new Head Start building, Friday, May 26.

Both facilities, located at 1600 W. 18th Street, are designed to make a positive impact in the lives of young people, Governor Anoatubby said.

“We foresee a bright future for the children who will enter through these doors and learn valuable lessons in classes and on the playgrounds. And a bright future for the Chickasaw Nation, which benefits from the education and success of the children who learn, grow and play here.”

Head Start

The new Chickasaw Nation Sulphur Head Start building will be four times larger than the existing facility.

The new building will double the number of classrooms and be able to accommodate 12 additional children.

“That is a dozen more children with a brighter future, a dozen more children who will benefit from a head start in education and in life,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

The new Sulphur Head Start building includes more than 12,000 square feet for classroom space, laundry room, an indoor play room, safe room and cafeteria.

The new building will also add three new jobs to the local economy.

The Chickasaw Nation Early Childhood Development program promotes the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5. Centers are located in Ardmore, Ada, Tishomingo and Sulphur.

Chickasaw Youth Club

The Chickasaw Youth Club building also replaces an existing facility at Sulphur schools.

An after-school and summer learning center for students, ages 5 through 17, the Sulphur Chickasaw Youth Club and its youth programs are intended to foster good character, to promote education and to encourage healthy lifestyles and career development.

“It is also a safe place where students cultivate good study habits, advance their social skills and develop leadership abilities,” Gov. Anoatubby said.  “This new building will allow us to expand the programs even more.”

The 6,000 square-foot youth club building houses two open indoor play areas, outdoor playground with basketball court, along with a commercial grade kitchen, safe room and dining area.

In addition to greater safety and comfort, this space will allow for development of additional activities for the students.

Located in Tishomingo and Sulphur, the mission of the Chickasaw Nation Youth Clubs is to promote and enhance the character development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and power through life enhancing programs.

Approximately 200 Chickasaws, local and tribal leaders and residents joined Gov. Anoatubby in the ceremony.

For more information about Chickasaw Youth Clubs, call 580-559-0907. For more information about Chickasaw Nation Early Childhood Center in Sulphur, call 580-622-6200 or visit