Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Chickasaw Inkana Foundation

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Chickasaw Inkana Foundation

Article excerpt

Earlier this year, a group of Mississippi residents, in cooperation with the Chickasaw Nation, established a non-profit foundation, the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation, to assist with educational and preservation efforts in the Chickasaw homeland.

Fleadquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi and led by executive director Brad Prewitt and a seven-member board of directors, the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation's mission is to preserve, protect, and interpret the culture and history of the Chickasaw people in the historical Chickasaw homeland, an area that includes northern Mississippi, western Tennessee, northwest Alabama, and southwest Kentucky.

Executive director Brad Prewitt said one priority for the foundation is to develop efforts to educate the public on important history of the Chickasaw people in their traditional homelands. Fie is hopeful that the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation can be a vital partner in helping find ways to preserve and set aside significant places of both historic consequence and of ancestor presence. He would also like to see the foundation become a leader in helping to interpret these sites in the region. Another priority for Prewitt will be leading fundraising efforts to assist with the construction of a new Chickasaw Heritage Center to be located in Tupelo.

In partnering with the Chickasaw Nation, the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation also supports the Chickasaw Nation mission of enhancing the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people. …

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