The ancient Chickasaw Homeland was once scattered across the forests, mountains and prairies that later became parts of southwestern Kentucky, western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama. Major waterways, such as the Mississippi, Tombigbee and Tennessee Rivers, were fed by freshwater springs and supplied our Chickasaw ancestors with water for centuries. They offered not only a source of nourishment, but provided opportunities for trade and transportation in the region as well.
Today, the Chickasaw Nation is economically strong, culturally vibrant and full of energetic people still dedicated to the preservation of family, community and heritage. Since the 1980s, tribal government has focused most of its efforts on building an economically diverse base to generate funds that will support programs and services to Indian people. Business has flourished, programs and services have grown, and the quality of life for all Chickasaws has been greatly enhanced.
The Chickasaw Nation’s current three-branch system of government was reestablished with the ratification of the 1983 Chickasaw Nation Constitution. The elected officials provided for in the Constitution believe in a unified commitment, whereby government policy serves the common good of all Chickasaw citizens. This common good extends to future generations as well as today’s citizens.--from the Chickasaw website
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