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Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma

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The nation recently completed purchase of an Ada candy company and 1,175 acres near Lake Texoma State Park. In Pontotoc County the tribe bought the Bedre Candy Co., in the old Homer Elementary School just outside the Ada city limits. Tribal headquarters are in Ada. Chickasaw spokesman Tony Choate would not disclose the amount paid for the company, but said there have been no changes in the operation. Bedre, in business 15 years, chocolate coats everything from peanuts and pecans to pretzels, potato chips and cookies. It sells candy worldwide, mostly by mail order, and specializes in private-label candy for stores in places such as New York City and Honolulu. The purchase of land in Marshall County near the park was completed in June. Choate said a small strip of land separates the tribe's 1,175 acres from the state-owned Chickasaw Point golf course. The tribe may use the land it bought for farming, residential purposes or a recreational vehicle park. "It has about one mile of highway frontage and a mile of lake frontage," Choate said. "It's just a good investment for the tribe." County land records show the purchase price was $1.8 million.

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