The name Chickasaw Hills was chosen as a tribute to the Chickasaw Nation that once was part of 1,847 acres that U.S. President Martin Van Buren deeded to Ish-ti-ho-la-cha, a Chickasaw Indian. Although the Chickasaw Nation had been forced to give up over six million acres as part of the Pontotoc Treaty, Ish-ti-ho-la-cha became entitled to the property under the Fifth Article of the treaty.
In June of 2012, a ceremony was held dedicating the property to The Chickasaw Nation. Glenda Galvan, a Chickasaw Oklahoman, was on hand representing The Chickasaw Nation. Galvan capitivated the audience with several ancient stories. She was able to give a first-hand feel of the native Chickasaw language with a recording of "The Lord's Prayer" in Chickasaw. Galvan also donated Indian artifacts for the Lodge, including two stickball "rackets', a Chickasaw rattler and several painting and books to display at the Lodge. She stated that The Chickasaw Nation was humbled by this tribute.