Lisa John, who has been employed with the Chickasaw Nation since 1994, will now serve as administrator for the nation’s Division of History and Culture. Prior to this appointment she served as the division administrator of the Division of Education since 2005.
“We are confident that Lisa John will do an excellent job leading the division of history and culture,” said Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby in a release. “She understands the importance of embracing our history and culture, she has the experience and expertise needed to continue effectively educating others about our culture for generations to come.”
In her new role she will oversee the Chickasaw Cultural Center, museums and libraries, language programs, cultural resources, and the Chickasaw Horticulture Department. She’s looking forward to the challenge.
“Our culture and history is important because it tells who we are and it unifies us as a people. It makes us a family,” John said in the release. “We can’t lose sight of what our ancestors did for us and how the Chickasaw people today are paving the road for generations to come. I am honored to have the opportunity to promote the rich culture and history of the Chickasaw people.”
From 2001-2005, John served as administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Self-Governance where she assisted in the development of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department.
John received a bachelor’s degree in political science 1991 and a master’s in public administration in 2007 from the University of Oklahoma.
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