The Mississippi River provided an essential resource for the tribe's people: river cane. This Chickasaw necessity was used for everything from basketry to tool making – disciplines that are still passed down at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
The Nature Conservancy is the newest nature preserve, located along Oklahoma's Blue River. Funding from the Chickasaw Nation allowed the acquisition of the 490-acre preserve which will protect the waters of the Blue River system. The preserve was named Oka' Yanahli, meaning "flowing water" in Chickasaw. To find out more about The Nature Conservancy's efforts in Oklahoma, visit Nature.org/Oklahoma.