The Blog

  • USS Chickasaw Exhibit

    The “USS Chickasaw” exhibit is now open in the Holisso: The Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

    This exhibit features items donated by the men who served on the USS Chickasaw, a Milwaukee-class ironclad vessel commissioned in 1864. A state-of the-art warship during World War II and the Korean War, the USS Chickasaw housed 138 men, including officers and enlisted personnel. It was the first of three U.S. naval ships named for the Chickasaws and was commissioned over 150 years ago.

    Included in the exhibit is a scale model of the USS Chickasaw by Robert...

  • The Butterfly Garden

    At the Chickasaw Cultural Center we are on a mission to save the Monarch butterfly!

    According to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Monarch population has significantly declined in the past 20 years. In that time, over 900 million Monarchs have vanished.

    The recent decline in monarch butterflies is due to a decrease in milkweed, the sole food source and home for Monarch caterpillars.
    In an effort to restore the Monarch population, the Chickasaw Cultural Center has created a Butterfly Garden filled with milkweed and other pollinator plants. Pollinator...

  • Sun Circles


    The campus grounds at the cultural center are a sight to see. Featuring natural elements like wood, stone and copper, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for our visitors.

    One of my favorite places to view our natural environment is the Oka' Aabiniili' (“a place for sitting on the water”) Water Pavilion. The Oka' Aabiniili' Water Pavilion features a deck that extends over a serenely landscaped pond. Guests can take in the tranquility of the area and view of the fountain that serves as the centerpiece of the Aaholiitobli' Honor Garden.

    Located around the pond are the Sun...