For the second time, the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation has honored community members who have contributed to the preservation of the Chickasaw Nation or exemplified its philanthropic nature in the group’s homeland.

On Thursday, members of the Chickasaw Nation honored Mitch Caver, co-author of “Piominko: Chickasaw Leader,” and CREATE Foundation President Mike Clayborne for his work in philanthropy through the nonprofit, as part of the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation Legacy Gala. The formal event, which included a dinner and awards ceremony, was held at the Cadence Bank Arena and Conference Center in Tupelo.

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2023 Chickasaw Inkana Foundation Holiday Reception

The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation Holiday Reception is a private holiday themed gathering for donors and constituents of the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation.  In 2023, the Holiday Reception was hosted on December 7th at the Cadence Bank Arena VIP Lounge.

Live Music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and libations were served.

The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation’s third annual Native American Heritage Month Luncheon celebrated and appreciated the diverse and rich cultures, histories, and traditions of all Native Americans. This was an educational fundraising event and 100% of all monies raised went toward the Chickasaw Heritage Center Journey Home Capital Campaign Fund. The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation sponsoring this Luncheon and leading the effort to build the Chickasaw Heritage Center.

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The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation (CIF) celebrated the third annual Wreath Laying Commemoration honoring the life and legacy of Piominko, noted Chickasaw Leader and Diplomat.

This event highlighted the historical significance of PIominko’s leadership in the historic Chickasaw Homeland. Special remarks were delivered by the CIF Board and Staff, Tupelo City officials and other local dignitaries.

Piominko formalized the Chickasaw’s alliance with the United States government. He was the first to define the Chickasaw Nation treaty boundaries on a map drafted at the Hopewell, South Carolina, treaty proceedings in 1786. He also received a U.S. George Washington presidential peace medal.

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