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Breaking ground for Achille community center

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Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Chickasaw Nation Community Center in Achille. (KTEN) Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Chickasaw Nation Community Center in Achille. (KTEN)
An artist's rendering of the Chickasaw Nation Community Center in Achille. (Courtesy) An artist's rendering of the Chickasaw Nation Community Center in Achille. (Courtesy)

ACHILLE, Okla. -- The ceremony is over. Now work can begin on the Chickasaw Nation's new community center in this small Bryan County town.

"It's long overdue," said Beth Alexander, a member of the Chickasaw Tribal Legislature.  "These buildings mean so much... not only to the Chickasaws and the native people, but to our citizens."

Representatives of both the of the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation were on hand for Thursday's groundbreaking event.

"We're just very proud for the Chickasaw Nation today and this new project," Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson said.

The community center will be a single story building, approximately 3,900 square feet.

"What it is is a way for us to provide a place for the citizens of the area to have a place to assemble," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby explained.

The center will have a banquet room, seating for more than 120 people, a family-style kitchen, a computer room, and an exercise room.

"It's a place to meet for birthdays, anniversaries... any kind of family gatherings," Alexander said. "It's an opportunity and a building to gather and be here and be fellowshipping together."

The building will provide not only a space to come together, but a place to share what people love.

"We Chickasaws we like to get together, and usually we like to get together and eat, you know," Gov. Anoatubby said. 

"It is always a good opportunity to pull people together," Alexander added.

The center is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

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