ADA — Carolyn Hill Nimmo is running for Tribal Legislature, Pontotoc District, Seat 3.

Nimmo is the great-great-granddaughter of Cyrus Harris, the first governor of the Chickasaw Nation. She is the granddaughter of Wes Clark and Hettie Harris Clark and the daughter of Estelle Hill and the late Francis Hill. She was born in Miami, Okla., were she lived on a ranch managed by her father in Grove. In her early childhood the family relocated to Ada where her father managed a ranch in Connerville. Many of her childhood days were spent in Mill Creek, where her family still owns its original allotment.

Nimmo began her career in education at Norman, where she taught in the Norman Public Schools from 1972 to 1977. Upon her return home, she taught at East Central University from 1979 to 1986. After one year at Latta Public Schools, Nimmo began a long career with Ada Public Schools, from which she retired in May.

Nimmo attended Ada Public Schools, where she graduated with honors in 1969. After high school, she attended East Central University. She graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in 1972 and was awarded her master’s degree in secondary education from East Central University in 1986.

Nimmo has served on the board of directors of Carl Albert Indian Health Facility; Chickasaw Foundation Advisory Board; Chickasaw Literacy Council; and Education Scholarship Committee of the Chickasaw Nation. She has served the youth of the Chickasaw Nation as a coach of the Native American Academic Team; the original participant in the development and implementation of the Governor’s Honor Club (director 2000-2001); and the director of the Chickasaw Tennis Camp. Nimmo is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She is also active in Kappa, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and summer youth programs.

Nimmo has said of her goals as a member of the Chickasaw Legislature, “I view the tribe as composed of three distinct groups; the elders, who preserved our culture and identity without the benefits of health care, housing and other programs offered today; the adults, who are raising their families today, and need the support that the tribe can offer in housing, jobs, childcare, training and education; and the children, who are the future of the tribe, and need our love, nurture and training. My goal is to support the mission of the Chickasaw people. As a legislator, I can best achieve this by working hard to understand the needs of each of these groups and providing innovative, cost-effective approaches to meeting those needs.

“The greatest strength that I have to offer the Chickasaw Nation is my work ethic. I have always gone the extra mile for those that I serve. As a legislator, I will commit full time to the people I represent. I will not wait to hear about a need, I will seek out information from citizens to better understand what programs would be most meaningful to them. I will consult members of the tribe when issues that affect them are brought before the Legislature. My goal is to know all that I can about the impact of a piece of legislation before voting on it. No matter how hard I work, or how important I view the issues facing our citizens, little is possible without financial support for the programs of the tribe. The ability to provide that support can only be achieved if we are economically self-sufficient and legally sovereign. I support the diversity of our income sources to assure long term economic self-sufficiency and the variety of job opportunities that diverse businesses offer to our citizens. We must be strong in our defense of sovereignty. Without it, we risk a return to federal dependency and the failed policies of the past.”

Nimmo has been married to David L. Nimmo for 34 years. They have two adult children, Michael Nimmo who resides in Denver, Colo. and Matthew Nimmo a resident of Ocala, Florida.

“My pride in the Chickasaw Nation is rooted in its history of overcoming challenges, the wisdom of its elders and the vision of its leadership. I am excited that retirement will give me the opportunity to bring my passion for the people of the Chickasaw Nation to a new level of involvement. As a full-time legislator, I will be able to broaden the place and means by which my service to the people of the Chickasaw Nation will bring progress and benefit.

Please help me bring my pride, passion and progressive approach to the legislature of the Chickasaw Nation. I would be honored to have your trust, support and vote for the Chickasaw Tribal Legislature, Pontotoc District, Seat 3,” Nimmo said.

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