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Chickasaw Explorers Program


Out of an abundance of caution and to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, certain Chickasaw Nation events, classes, facilities, etc., will be postponed, canceled or closed. For a complete list of postponements, cancelations or closures, visit the COVID-19 INFORMATION page. We will continue to update the list as the situation progresses.

The Chickasaw Explorers Program focuses on educating and training young Chickasaw leaders to identify and record ancient artifacts, participate in archaeological survey and excavations and search for the site of 1541 Chicasa in Mississippi. Chickasaw students work alongside  archaeologists, educators and students from various universities in two-weeks of archaeological fieldwork.

Students are immersed in Chickasaw heritage at many historic and cultural sites, such as, but not limited to, Chokkilissa’-Old Town, the Chissa’Talla Preserve, and the 1736 Battle of Ackia site. Students may take part in a Bear Creek float trip explore Paleoindian caves, canoe sacred Tibbee Lake, and visiting the magnificent Moundville site on the Black Warrior river.

This is a two-week archaeological fieldwork opportunity, which includes travel expenses, lodging and meals.

Application Deadline is: April 1.

You Provide

  • Chickasaw Explorers application (coming soon)
  • Signed consent and participation code of conduct forms
  • Signed medical release statement
  • College transcript


  • Between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Full-time or part-time college student

Service Area


This service is available both inside and outside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821