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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 Oklahoma communities has 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 school food banks
  • Vizavance
  • Special Olympics Oklahoma
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Chickasaw Foundation provided matching funds and secured grants for the Chickasaw Nation Empowered Living program at the Ardmore health clinic, which offers adolescents and teens specialized services and resources. The Empowered Living program identifies where families are in their readiness, and supports patients and parents in adopting healthier behaviors.

We aspire to provide access to health care opportunities and enhance our communities through additional wellness initiatives.


Education

In 2019-2020, scholarships totaling $161,750 were available to students pursuing higher education. We have seen growth with the establishment of additional scholarships and prospective students.

We take great pride in helping individuals achieve their dreams of higher education and adult literacy. Our recipients have taken the first step toward achieving their goals and setting good examples for younger generations.

Individual donors, organizations and the Chickasaw Nation Employee Charitable Contribution Plan have allowed us to 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 students access to quality meals by supplying food pantries, shelving, refrigeration, backpacks and carts in local schools.

By operating an active disaster relief fund, we allow individuals to contribute to relief and recovery efforts associated with disasters and crises. Recently, funds were directed to the victims of the severe storms, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes that took place in communities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, California, Oregon, Texas and Louisiana.

Read About the Impact of Donations


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

This 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 or culture. Applicants for the fellowship must demonstrate a financial need. They must also be a registered citizen of the Chickasaw Nation or a registered citizen of another federally recognized tribe or Alaska village/corporation. 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.

2019 Annual Report

The Chickasaw Foundation annual report is a publication featuring an overview of 2019 as well as accomplishments and new partnerships. The report contains information about progress related to scholarships and programs offered by the Chickasaw Foundation including details about 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 2021 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.

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2020-2021 Chickasaw Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Chickasaw Foundation is proud to announce the scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year.