Chickasaw Governor Says Tribe's Future Looks Good

Saturday, October 6th 2007, 7:23 pm
By: News On 6

ADA, Okla. (AP) -- Recently re-elected Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby says the tribe's future "is the strongest it has ever been in modern times." During his state-of-the-nation address Saturday, Anoatubby said the number of Chickasaws earning college degrees is higher than ever before and that employment opportunities for tribal members have increased in the past year.

Anoatubby introduced each of administrators of the Ada-based tribe's 17 divisions of government. One of them, Brian Campbell, the tribe's commerce division administrator, discussed plans to expand the tribe's WinStar Casino near Thackerville.

Tribal health care system administrator Bill Lance outlined plans for a new hospital facility to be built in Ada. It will be almost three times the size of the tribe's current Carl Albert Indian Health facility in Ada.

Lance said the new facility will add about 300 jobs.