The Chickasaw Nation has survived despite attempts throughout history to destroy or undermine its sovereignty. That's why positive interactions with the U.S. Government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs benefit everyone. On the local level, the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police maintains partnerships with adjacent law enforcement jurisdictions. The Chickasaw Nation also has its own executive, legislative and judicial branches, and all Chickasaw citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to vote.
Each year, Chickasaw citizens have the unique opportunity to help determine the future of the Nation by casting their votes. All citizens aged eighteen and older are welcome to participate, and at-large citizens just need to select a district for their votes to be counted. All ballots must be received by the morning of the last Tuesday in July to be valid.