May 15, 2024

Chickasaw Nation News

To begin this episode of CNTV News, Brad and Quin remind Chickasaw citizens about the Chickasaw Nation Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. People throughout the Chickasaw Nation are beginning to rebuild their homes and businesses after devastating storms on April 27 ripped through downtown Sulphur. To find out more information about how Chickasaw citizens can receive funding or to make a donation, visit or call (580) 421-9030.

This year, the Chickasaw Hall of Fame inducted five distinguished individuals whose lives and careers share a dedication to serving the Chickasaw people. Artist Paul "Lance" Straughn, community health representative Patricia Ann Engle Woods, cattleman and entrepreneur Montford T. Johnson, agricultural lawyer Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M and National Park Service chief ranger William Joseph Wright are this year's accomplished inductees. Induction into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a Chickasaw citizen.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center hosted the Chikasha Ihoo Women's Empowerment Series, which highlights the accomplishments and perspectives of Chickasaw Women. The first session of 2024 featured Dr. Elizabeth Rule, researcher, author and assistant professor of critical race, gender and culture studies at American University. For more information about the next series event scheduled for August 27, visit

To close the episode, Brad and Quin meet Mary Lu Dolce. Mary Lu won the second place prize in the national 2023 Ms. Health and Fitness competition, encouraging women to "be a Phoenix" by always creating new goals and striving for a healthy future. She shares how her connection to Chickasaw culture is a guiding light that keeps her mind and spirit strong.