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Old 08-16-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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After two decades, Chickasaw Cultural Center opens

By Murray Evans
Sulphur, Oklahoma (AP)

For generations, members of the Chickasaw Nation told the tribe’s stories of hardship and renewal through its families, community organizations and churches. Using money from its large casino operations, its culture and history is featured in a $40 million cultural center.

More than two decades ago, tribal leaders broached the possibility of creating a site where Chickasaw culture, heritage and history could be more formally shared. “Now we have the resources to actively recover our history,” said tribal historian and author Phil Morgan.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center – after six years of construction – traces the tribe’s life from its ancestral homelands in what is now the southeastern United States, then along the Trail of Tears, then to its emergence in recent years as one of Oklahoma’s most prominent American Indian tribes.

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Agreed N. of Ada. I look forward to a visiting this place soon!

Homesick, eh? I was just in Ada myself. Nothing has changed, way hot! Typical weather in August in Oklahoma!!


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We visited Oklahoma a few years ago, and heard about the Chickasaw cultural center being built back then. We have been anxiously awaiting to make the trip back to visit Oklahoma and now we have a reason to go even more so. From reading all that was put in to make the center happen, I am sure that this will not be a disappointment.

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Visited this year on our way back home from a roadtrip to CA and AZ. It's really amazing. I thought it might have been boring, since, hey, I'm no adult. But even I was really shocked at how great this place was. The electronic forest was really cool and was actually pretty realistic, there was a lot of useful information around the museum! Even the outside looked well done, no trash, beautiful gardens and buildings. It was sad, though. The re constructional site of the homes/buildings of the Chickasaws was closed down for maintenance. Also, the genealogy building was SUPER helpful, we found tons of info on our ancestors, it was incredible.
Going there was an awesome experience, especially for being a Chickasaw myself. :)
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