September 8 and 9, 2017


Oka Kapassa Committee welcomes new board member.


Mr. Bill Brekeen began employment with the Chickasaw Nation as a Cultural Interpreter in March of 2015 after retiring from The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. His duties include assisting with the facilitation of Homeland Tours, special events, and program development. During his thirty year tenure with the Mississippi State Park system he served in many positions including Park Ranger, Park Assistant Manager, Park Administrator Senior (District Manager), and Park Manager. His career with State Parks began after graduation from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Park and Resources Management. While serving as Park Manager of Tishomingo State Park in Tishomingo, MS he found a passion for Native American History especially Chickasaw History. Bill is a member of the Chickasaw Historical Society, The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, and the Tupelo Disc Golf Association. He enjoys anything outdoor related including hiking, fishing, disc golfing, nature study along with working with the public. However, his greatest joy in life comes from his daughter, Lacey Lane, who is a sophomore in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Itawamba Community College in Tupelo, MS.

Bill has been a positive contributor to the Oka Kapassa Festival for many years as he represented Tishomingo State Park and shared its cultural heritage to festival attendees. He has volunteered his time and talents to promote the mission and goals of Oka Kapassa. We are pleased to welcome him to the Oka Kapassa Festival Board and look forward to all he will bring to the event.




In memory of Diamond Go-Sti Brown, sharing with students at Oka Kapassa 2015.





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