Chickasaw Historical Society Conference set for Feb. 21-22

Last year’s Chickasaw Historical Society Conference in Sulphur, OK – Photographer: Jacquelyn Sparks

Published January 20, 2018

SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA – The Chickasaw Historical Society “Ittafama Ithana” Conference is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center, 4205 Goddard Youth Camp Road.

Established in 1994, the Chickasaw Historical Society promotes, preserves, and protects Chickasaw culture and heritage by encouraging cultural involvement and historical awareness.

The 2018 conference, themed “Dynamic Transcultural Change in the Chickasaw Identity: 1700-1800,” will feature key speakers, Dr. Thomas Cowger, Mitch Caver, Rhonda Sellers, Niki Lindsey, Pauline Brown and Dr. Jason Murray.

Dr. Thomas Cowger earned his doctorate in history at Purdue University in Indiana in 1994. He is a professor of history at East Central University (ECU). Cowger is the author of “The National Congress of American Indians: The Founding Years” and co-author of “Piominko: Chickasaw Leader.”

Mitch Caver is also co-author of “Piominko: Chickasaw Leader.” He built a friendship with the Chickasaw Nation through his passion for Chickasaw history. In 2015 he was honored with the Friend of the Chickasaw Award by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. He holds honorary citizenship with the Chickasaw Nation since 2014.

Rhonda Sellers is the ecological resource coordinator for the Chickasaw Cultural Center horticulture team. She oversees the cultural center landscapes and gardens and does education outreach on gardening topics.

Niki Lindsey earned her law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Since then, she has worked as an attorney for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.

Pauline Brown is a fluent speaker of the Chickasaw language and has considerable knowledge of Chickasaw history and culture. She serves on the Chickasaw Language Committee, the Chickasaw Nation Historical Society and the tribal election board.

Dr. Jason Murray graduated with a degree in English from ECU and then went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota in 2011. He works as a production writer with multimedia in the Chickasaw Nation Communications Department.

Presenters will discuss topics relevant to Chickasaw history and culture.

Conference registration is offered at no charge for Chickasaw Historical Society members. Registration for nonmembers is $25 and includes a one-year membership to the Chickasaw Historical Society.

Attendees will receive a gift bag and lunch. Deadline for registration is Monday, Jan. 22. Seating is limited. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Historical Society at (580) 436-7282. To learn more about memberships, visit

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