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Chickasaw Nation on the move in Ada

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Transit vans at the new Chickasaw Nation Transportation Department in Ada. (KTEN) Transit vans at the new Chickasaw Nation Transportation Department in Ada. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation recently opened the doors of its new transportation building 

The center has drivers who cover all 13 counties in the Chickasaw Nation, helping people get to and from work, school and appointments. But that's not all.

"We also provided medication pick-up and deliveries from our health systems to the Native Americans within our service area," said director Angie Gilliam.

The transportation building was about 18 months in the making. Before the center was established, the Transportation Department had to move from place to place.

"We have been from several facilities, and we're just so honored and glad that we have a place that we can call home," Gilliam said. "It does house 11 administrative staff."

The location, at 17500 County Road 3570, couldn't be better for the building or its users. It's right next door to the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center.

"That makes it safer, easier and more timely for all of our riders," Gilliam said.

Even though the new facility has only been open for a week, the Transportation Department isn't slowing down. They plan to grow their fleet of vehicles to become even more accessible for nation members.

"Now that we have a home and an additional parking area, we'll be able to hopefully buy additional fleet so we can serve more of our riders," Gilliam said.

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