Choctaw Nation has many places of interest for families to visit
From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton
Each summer I enjoy seeing the many guests who come to the Choctaw Nation Headquarters. The headquarters building is the former Presbyterian College constructed about the turn of the 20th century and is an historic landmark in Durant, Okla. We have been fortunate to use the beautiful facility for administrative purposes and offices since 1975.
The museum at Tvshka Homma, our tribal Capital Grounds, is about a one and a half hour drive from the Durant headquarters, so many guests from across the United States visit both facilities while on vacation. The Capitol Building was the site of Choctaw Nation legislative action from 1884 to 1905, and currently houses museum exhibits, a gift shop and the Tribal Court.
The Capitol Grounds will host over 50,000 visitors during the Labor Day Festival as Choctaws reunite for our annual “family” gathering and welcome friends and relatives from all over to celebrate with us! It would be an honor to greet you at this year’s event at Tvshka Homma!
Our Choctaw Nation Veteran’s Advocacy program has designed a new war memorial for the entrance to the Capitol Grounds that is absolutely magnificent. It bears the names of the soldiers who were Code Talkers as well as the names of those who gave their lives while serving our country during military action in a major conflict. I am looking forward to walking through the pathway around the new monuments to pay homage to those who have given their lives for this nation and for us.
While traveling southeast Oklahoma, if you are interested in our tribe’s history, a tour of Chief Thomas LeFlore’s House at Swink, Wheelock Academy in Millerton and Skullyville Cemetery in Spiro are three great sites to put on your list. Vacation fun in our area isn’t limited to historic tours. Choctaw Nation is also home to great lakes for families to visit, including Sardis, Eufaula, McGee, Pine Creek, Wister, Broken Bow, Robert S. Kerr and Hugo.
The Choctaw Nation has hotels in Durant and Grant, and we encourage you to visit our places of business when you are in the area. We would love to provide you with tremendous customer service and help make your vacation memorable. Southeast Oklahoma has a lot to offer families on holiday – check us out!