Family values includes providing best education for our youth
From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton
Remaining true to our Choctaw culture is very important, even though it can sometimes be challenging when a tribe continues to grow and progress at such a remarkable degree. I think it is honorable that education has been important to this tribe throughout our history. Choctaw leaders and warriors have long been recorded as intelligent, tactical thinkers, both in times of war and for the purposes of setting up villages and planning for the future.
As non-natives came more and more frequently to the home territories of the Choctaws, the elders realized the value of formalized education and cross-socialization of the youth of the tribe.
Today, Choctaw Nation scholarships, career development opportunities and many possibilities for training, growth and development are offered by the tribe. These are all investments in the sustainability of the Choctaw Nation, investments in the future of our tribe.
One such “investment” is the Scholarship Advisement Program (SAP) which has helped the tribe build a stellar relationship with Ivy League facilities such as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame. These, and many others, including Stanford, Berkeley, Rice and Perdue, spend the first weekend in November each year at the Choctaw Nation recruiting Choctaws as prospective undergraduate and graduate students. This was the fourth year for this tremendous event, with about 500 in attendance!
What a privilege for our tribe to be able to continue our culture of providing an education for our members at such prestigious institutions of learning. This is a blessed Nation!