- Ada, Oklahoma

September 12, 2013

Chickasaw Nation annual meeting, festival set for Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Tishomingo —

\Chickasaws from across the country will come home to celebrate the 2013 Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 5.

The theme for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Festival is “Coming Home: Sharing Our Stories.”

“Chickasaws travel hundreds of miles to join in the Annual Meeting and Festival each year to renew their connection to the Chickasaw Nation,” Governor Bill Anoatubby said. “While Chickasaw people have always had a close connection to the land, the Chickasaw Nation is comprised of people who are bound together by culture and heritage. This year, we will celebrate the inspirational stories of all those who call the Chickasaw Nation home.”

This year marks the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 25th Chickasaw Festival. 

Activities begin Friday, Sept. 27 and culminate Saturday, Oct. 5.

Numerous events are planned for the week-long homecoming that celebrates Chickasaw heritage, culture and spirit. 

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation is highlighted by Gov. Anoatubby’s State of the Nation Address. The address begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Fletcher Auditorium on the campus of Murray State College in Tishomingo. 

Following Gov. Anoatubby’s State of the Nation Address, Tishomingo’s Main Street will be the scene of the Festival Parade at 11:45 a.m.

A wide variety of exciting events and activities will take place throughout Tishomingo October 5, at the historic Chickasaw Capitol, Pennington Park, Murray State College campus, Johnston County Sports complex and other venues.

The Southeastern Art Show and Market will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol grounds. Chickasaw Press book signings, stickball, dance troupe and cultural demonstrations will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the same location.

A traditional Chickasaw meal will be served at 11:45 a.m. on the Murray State College lawn. A health fair will coincide with the lunch.

A petting zoo, kids’ activities and a “make and take tent” will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Tishomingo’s Pennington Park.   

Horseshoe Tournament registration and live entertainment will begin at noon at Pennington Park. Arts and crafts and food vendors will be located at the park from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Chickasaw White House in Emet, the Chickasaw Bank Museum in Tishomingo, and the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, will also be open for tours Oct. 5.

Saturday concludes with a stickball exhibition match at 4 p.m. at the Johnston County Sports Complex. The Johnston County Riding Club Rodeo begins at 8 p.m.

A traditional Stomp Dance from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at Kullihoma opens the week-long festivities.

Corn Stalk Shoot, Junior Olympics, Softball Tournament, Fun Run 

A traditional corn stalk shoot will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kullihoma.

The four-person scramble golf tournament registration is 7:30 a.m. at the Tishomingo Golf Course. Play begins at 9 a.m.

Junior Olympics begin at 10 a.m. at the Tishomingo High School Football Field and a co-ed softball tournament begins at 9 a.m. at the Johnston County Sports Complex.  New this year, a 5K Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28.  

The Chickasaw Princess Pageant will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, at the Ada High School Cougar Activity Center in Ada. 

The Cultural Evening will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. This event will be followed by the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards at 6:30 p.m.

The Southeastern Art Show and Market opens at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4, on the Capitol grounds.

Cultural tours for area schools, tours of local museums and children’s activities will be available in Tishomingo.

 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


Tours of the Chickasaw White House in Emet, and the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur will be also available during the week.


For more information, including a schedule of events and vendor applications, visit or call (580) 371-2040 or 1 (800) 593-3356.


The Annual Meeting and Festival event schedule is subject to change. Please visit often for the latest event updates.






‘State of the Nation’ will stream live on the web, radio broadcast by KCNP


A live video and audio stream of the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and “State of the Nation” address by Governor Bill Anoatubby will be available on the Chickasaw Nation website and KCNP Radio.


The 53rd Annual Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Saturday, Oct. 5. Live broadcast on KCNP Radio and the Chickasaw Nation website will begin at 8:30 a.m.  


A live webcast can be accessed by logging on to on any mobile device and clicking on the State of the Nation web stream link.


An audio broadcast can be accessed at


In the Ada, Okla., area, the Annual Meeting can be heard on KCNP 89.5 FM. 


The Annual Meeting is called to order at 9 a.m. CDT, 10 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Mountain, 7 a.m. Pacific. 


The Annual Meeting will be rebroadcast on the web at noon CDT, 1 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Mountain, 10 a.m. Pacific.






Festival 5k Run set for Sept. 28 at Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge


TISHOMINGO, Okla. –The Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival 5K Run and Fun Walk is set at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge.


The competition is another way the tribe promotes fitness, wellness and good health. Best of all, it’s free. Additionally, it gets you up off the sofa and gets you moving toward becoming healthy and staying that way. And, if you win the competition, that’s just icing on the proverbial cake because you gave up icing in order to win the race anyway.


The event kicks off at the beginning of a week-long Festival that culminates with the Annual Meeting the following Saturday, Oct. 5.


Online pre-registration is available at


For training information, contact Lance Vesely, Ada Wellness Center, (580) 310-9661; Derek Hamilton, Ardmore Wellness Center, (580) 222-2828, or Bill Asbery, Tishomingo Wellness Center, (580) 387-2711. Each can give you tips on starting out slow, setting goals, and then continuing to work to attain them.






Disaster Relief Drive


The Chickasaw Nation will host a disaster relief drive to benefit the families and individuals impacted by the May 2013 tornadoes.


New coats, toys, bed linens and towels of all shapes and sizes may be dropped off at any Chickasaw Nation Area Office from Monday, September 30 through Friday, October 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, October 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Murray State College Student Center, next to the Annual Meeting registration booth.


All items collected will be donated to tornado victims.