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About


Our mission is to promote the general welfare and culture of the Chickasaw people by supporting educational, health, historical and community activities and programs.

Health

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.


Education

For 2016-2017 we have awarded numerous scholarships to students wishing to further their education. Last year, we awarded nearly $111,300 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.

Read About Scholarship Recipients


Community

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 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 May 2013 tornadoes that impacted many communities across Oklahoma.


Culture

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.


Publications

View Chickasaw Foundation publications online in a browser-friendly format. Here you will find annual reports, newsletters and other publications. Stay up to date with the latest news from the Foundation.

2018 Annual Report

The Chickasaw Foundation annual report is a publication featuring an overview of the past fiscal year as well as accomplishments and new partnerships. The report contains information about progress related to scholarships and programs offered by the Foundation including details about new upcoming projects and growth opportunities.

Please feel free to browse through this year's report to learn more about opportunities offered by the Chickasaw Foundation.

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

The Chickasaw Foundation Newsletter shares stories and updates on scholarships and educational opportunities that positively impact our communities. Scholarship recipient success stories, along with donor spotlights, will not only inform, but inspire you while learning more about the Chickasaw Foundation, its mission and opportunities to be involved.