Speeches

2018 State of the Nation Address

Chokma! Good morning and welcome to the 58th Annual Meeting of the great, unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation. We thank all of you who are here and those who are in the tent and those who are watching on video, those who are listening...
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2017 State of the Nation Address

Good morning everybody! Oh what a glorious day it is!It is great to be here today among our tribe, the Chickasaw people. Chokma!Welcome to the 57th Annual Meeting of the great, unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation!Lieutenant Governor...
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2016 State of the Nation Address

Chokma!Good morning to everybody. We have quite a gathering here in Tishomingo. It’s here at the auditorium, Fletcher Auditorium, and at the tent, and Lisa mentioned we have folks listening on KCNP radio, and we have some watching on the...
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2015 State of the Nation Address

Chokma!To all of our friends, families, fellow Chickasaws—it is really an honor to be here with you today. Isn’t it a beautiful day? And we’re having a beautiful week for sure, and it’s a great day to be Chickasaw, isn...
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2014 State of the Nation Address

Good morning Chickasaws and greetings to the great unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation.  Well isn’t this a beautiful day?  We need to thank Representative Lisa Billy for doing such a wonderful job this morning.It’s...
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2013 State of the Nation Address

Welcome to the 53rd Chickasaw Annual Meeting and thank you for being here today!People are listening on KCNP and watching on the Chickasaw.net website.It’s great to be together again right here in our capital of Tishomingo, and on the campus...
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2012 State of the Nation Address

Thank you, and thank you Lisa. You know, earlier she introduced folks. She introduced elected officials.She is also someone who should be introduced and I’d like for Lisa Johnson Billy to be recognized: former tribal legislator and now state...
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2011 State of the Nation Address

Welcome.Good morning. Chokma, nittaki chokma! Himmak nittakat Chikashshiyaakni' nittak chokma. Chikasha poyaka chokma.) Liiholiitoblichi! (Good morning! It is a great day in the Chickasaw Nation! A great day to be Chickasaw! Let's...
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2010 State of the Nation Address

Good morning!Greetings and welcome to this 50th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation. Thanks to President Noble Jobe and Mayor Lewis Parkhill. We appreciate your hospitality and the great partnerships with Murray State College and the City of...
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2009 State of the Nation Address

Good morning!Isn’t it a lovely day – a beautiful day that’s been provided by our creator?Today is a day for celebration. It’s a day for reflection, and a day for hope.It’s a day to connect with other Chickasaws.Thanks...
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2007 State of the Nation Address

Good morning! It is a great day in the Chickasaw Nation! What a wonderful day the Lord has given us to gather and celebrate all that is Chickasaw! What do you think about our mistress of ceremonies? Isn’t she doing a great job...
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2008 State of the Nation Address

People of the Chickasaw Nation should be, and many are, very confident and secure in knowing that we’re strong. There’s been great use that’s been made of the resources and the time and the energy, and it’s all resulting in...
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2006 State of the Nation Address

Today we mark the 46th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 18th Chickasaw Festival; but we also celebrate 150 years since our first constitution! A little more than one month and 150 years ago, our grandfathers, grandmothers, great...
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2005 State of the Nation Address

Good morning. Please. Good morning. And it is an honor to be here and welcome you, again, to this annual meeting of the Chickasaw Nation. The great unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation.For many years Chickasaws from all over the world...
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2004 State of the Nation Address

My, oh my, what a great day. Good morning and welcome again to this 44th Chickasaw Annual Meeting. Have you enjoyed this morning? I hope you have enjoyed this week as well and I hope you enjoy the rest of the festivities throughout the day.Let'...
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2003 State of the Nation Address

Good morning. First, thank you for allowing me to be your governor for another four years. I can think of no greater honor or privilege than to serve the Chickasaw people. We will...we must...continue building our nation, together.We work...
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2002 State of the Nation Address

Governor: Good morning. Greetings to the great unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw people - you. A people known for their bravery, and more especially, as intrepid warriors never known to have lost a battle; and, also known for our dynamic...
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