Our mission is to promote the general welfare and culture of the Chickasaw people by supporting educational, health, historical and community activities and programs.
Since beginning our mission, the health and well-being of our Oklahoma communities have been a top priority.
We have donated to numerous local charitable organizations, as well as many nationally-recognized organizations, including:
- American Red Cross
- House of Hope
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- City Rescue Mission
- Salvation Army
- Numerous food banks
- Prevent Blindness Oklahoma
- The Archaeological Conservancy
- Pontotoc Pursuit
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
This year, our goal is to expand our outreach efforts into medical research. Enormous costs are involved in making the fundamental discoveries that lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other human health issues.
We hope to lessen these costs in Oklahoma communities. We believe funding medical research, including diabetes prevention, will have a significant impact on individuals and families of all ages.
For 2017-2018 we have awarded numerous scholarships to students wishing to further their education. Last year, we awarded nearly $133,400 in scholarships.
We take great pride in enhancing our communities and helping individuals achieve their dreams of higher education and adult literacy. These students have taken it upon themselves to reach their goals and be examples for younger generations.
Individual donors and the Chickasaw Nation employee contribution plan have allowed us to operate and change lives for many years.
We support numerous community nutrition initiatives, many focusing on the health and well-being of local youth.
Partnering with the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, we provided high school students access to quality meals by supplying food pantries, shelving, refrigeration, backpacks and carts in local schools.
In partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, we provided meals and snacks to students at the Chickasaw Children’s Village, a residential and educational care facility for Native American children.
Food donations have been made to the Chickasaw Nation area office emergency food pantry for local residents.
In efforts to support our local communities, we have donated two large Christmas light displays to the Chickasaw Cultural Center Celebration of Lights and supported several local volunteer fire departments with financial contributions.
By operating an active disaster relief fund, we allow individuals to contribute to relief and recovery efforts associated with disasters and crises, such as the 2017 hurricanes that impacted many communities across Texas and Florida.
We provide cultural opportunities within our communities to educate Chickasaw citizens, as well as the public, about the rich and vibrant Chickasaw culture.
Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture Fellowship
The fellowship is for those pursuing a master, doctoral or professional degree as a full-time student at an accredited graduate school in the United States OR preparing an academic paper, book or presentation on Chickasaw history and/or culture; and able to demonstrate a financial need.
Applicants must be registered citizens of the Chickasaw Nation or registered citizens of another tribe. The fellowship is for a one-week period of research, conducted at the Holisso Center at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Only one fellowship is awarded each year.