Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby (right) receives East Central University’s 2013 Distinguished Philanthropist Award on behalf of the Chickasaw Nation from ECU President John R. Hargrave during the recent Evening of Honors and Recognition. The Chickasaw Nation has been a vital partner with ECU, particularly with the current construction of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center and sponsorship of the new football field turf at Norris Field. Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1997 and was lieutenant governor from 1979-97. Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs nearly 12,000 people. Funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially and tribal assets have grown 20 fold.