June 1, 2024

Chickasaw Nation News

In this episode of CNTV News, Brad and Quin continue their conversation with Chickasaw citizen Mary Lu Dolce, who was recently recognized for promoting good health habits in the 2023 Ms. Health and Fitness Competition. Mary Lu shares her experience living with lupus, saying that remaining healthy is an intentional choice she makes. "It always comes back to my mind first, my mental strength ... my mind is what keeps my body strong," she says. Mary Lu also shares how drive and commitment to health have influenced her daughter, an OU graduate and attorney.

The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center received the Environmental Excellence Award, given only to hospitals committed to sustainability efforts. The medical center kept more than 6,300 pounds of medical waste from landfills and reduced supply costs, allowing the financial savings to be reinvested into patient care efforts.

Next in the episode, Chickasaw Press book Otis W. Leader: The Ideal American Doughboy is honored at the Oklahoma Book Awards in two categories: best non-fiction and best book design. The book tells the story of Otis Leader, a First American soldier who fought during WWI. Author Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer shares how the design for the book came about, recreating Otis’s handwriting, newspaper articles and more to tell his story. Otis W. Leader: The Ideal American Doughboy is available for purchase at ChickaswPress.com.

Chickasaw senior citizens come together at WinStar World Casino & Resort for the annual Chickasaw Elders Conference. Participants have opportunities for fellowship and to learn about resources from the Chickasaw Nation.

To close the episode, the Chickasaw Veterans Conference at WinStar attracts men and women who have served their country. The event includes presentations and discussions and is an opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces.