Department of Chahta Immi
"Lifeways of the Choctaw People"
The mission of the Department of Chahta Immi is to inspire, promote, embrace, and enhance the Cultural heritage of the Choctaw People.
The Department of Chahta Immi (DCI) includes the following programs:
- Tribal Language Program (TLP)
The Tribal Language Program's mission is to halt the rapid decline of the Choctaw language among our children by working with the Tribal Education System through trainings, language assisted classrooms, and mentoring programs; and also, Tribal members, parents and children through Immersion camps, Community literacy classes, translation services, and the development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Dictionary.
- Choctaw Museum
The Choctaw Museum was established in 1981 to share the Choctaw culture with visitors so that they can better understand and appreciate every aspect of the Mississippi Choctaw's way of life and to give insight into Tribal Government.
- Tribal Archives
The MBCI Tribal Archives is dedicated to collect, preserve, and make accessible for research and educational purposes the permanent records and its culture materials regarding the historical and cultural identity of the Mississippi Choctaw.
- The Cultural Affairs Program (CAP)
The Cultural Affairs Program was established in 1995 to promote and preserve the cultural traditions of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The program's mission is to strengthen cultural knowledge among the Choctaw people and to increase public awareness of the tribe's history and culture.
- Special Projects/Media Program
The Department of Chahta Immi's Special Projects/ Media program provides support and services to the DCI entities, Tribal Programs, Tribal Members, and MBCI Partners with educational and promotional materials.
Other services include:
- Chahta Immi Cultural Center (CICC)
The CICC has been developed to showcase and provide cultural education through exhibitory on Choctaw Artforms. The Center includes the Archives Collection and the Institute of Chahta Immi.
- Choctaw Expressions
A Choctaw Expressions event provides communities the opportunity to showcase their versions of traditional art forms.