- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau is pledging $1 million toward the $6 million-plus needed for a Chickasaw Indian heritage center.

In October, the Chickasaw Nation agreed with the city of Tupelo and the National Park Service to build the center on 162 acres next to the Natchez Trace Parkway. That land is owned by the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2eLQQFT ) plans call for a building of up to 7,000 square feet with architecture inspired by the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The center has been planned since 2012. There’s $1 million in federal money for the site. Chickasaw officials say they and donors will provide much of the remaining budget.

The Chickasaw were forced to move from Mississippi to Oklahoma in 1839.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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