Valorie Walters: Profiles of a Nation

Meet Our People – The Enduring Spirit of the Chickasaw Nation

Valorie grew up in Coalgate, Oklahoma, and moved to Ada, the Nation’s headquarters, in her early 20s. It was at that time in her life that she became connected with her ancestral history, and she started working for the Chickasaw Nation in 2002. Her Chickasaw heritage extends from her mother’s side of the family, and she says she’s been fortunate to study her family tree. During the allotment era, Valorie’s ancestors were given land in the Coalgate area, the same place where she was raised.