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Chickasaws Vow Expanded Benefits to Military Veterans

Gov. Bill Anoatubby recently unveiled the Chickasaw Warrior Society for tribal members who have served or are serving in the U.S. military.
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Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby recently announced efforts to honor the legends and memories of Chickasaw warriors who served or are serving in the United States military.

On May 18 Anoatubby unveiled the Chickasaw Warrior Society that would be comprised of retired and active duty military members with Chickasaw heritage. Along with the CWS, he announced the construction of a 13,200 square foot Veterans Lodge and expanded tribal benefits to Chickasaw veterans that will “reach out to our veterans across the country.”

The Veterans Lodge will be located on the grounds of the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, Oklahoma. The lodge will be a place for veterans to gather and converse with other tribal veterans. The lodge location serves a dual purpose to veterans who may be receiving medical services at the Medical Center, offering a place to stay and congregate.

The lodge will be a place for “comfort for our warriors and their families,” more importantly it will “be a place for our veterans to gain access and resources that are available – and will be available – from the Chickasaw Nation in the future,” Anoatubby shared at the first meeting of the Chickasaw Veterans and Chickasaw Warrior Society.

“The reputation of the Chickasaw warrior is legendary,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

The Chickasaw Nation has often been called “unconquered and unconquerable” by historians and Ancient Chickasaws were known as a warrior nation, Anoatubby said. It was not uncommon for Chickasaw women to fight alongside men in battle, “they were fierce. They didn’t take prisoners,” Anoatubby said.

The nation placed a great emphasis on military prowess according to Mississippi History Now. In the 18th Century Indian and European enemies lived in surrounding areas, the small population of Chickasaw were known to have warred against many and were often called “the fiercest warriors in all of the southeast.”

In 1726, the governor of French Louisiana, according to Mississippi History Now, wrote the Chickasaws “breathe nothing but war and are unquestionably the bravest of the continent.”

According to James R. Floyd, director of the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the Chickasaw defended a large swath of their homelands despite being small in number. There was a time when the lower Mississippi River virtually belonged to the Chickasaw as history shows the tribe frequently advanced into Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Illinois.

A website and logo will be unveiled soon, but for now more information can be found at www.Chickasaw.net/WarriorSociety.