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Gov. Anoatubby to speak at Native American graduation event on May 9

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation will be the guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Southeastern campus. The Native American Institute is the sponsor of the event, which is open to the public.

Also scheduled to be on the program are Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Bill Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 and has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and he was the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.

In his first term, Gov. Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.

The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into funding more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more, all of which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.

Under Gov. Anoatubby’s direction, the Chickasaw Nation places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture. This commitment can be seen in the various artistically and culturally-centered programs, language services, and the world-renowned Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Gov. Anoatubby has received dozens of awards, including being named a 2016 Creative Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been named the minority advocate of the year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.