Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Plans to ensure a great future

From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton

February 2011

Chief Pyle and I listened together as President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address in January. As Obama expressed the importance of jobs and economic development, the significance of cooperation and the necessity of sharing responsibility and creating better lives for our children, we commented that these words echoed concerns expressed by our own Council and tribal members. Whether we are in Oklahoma, Washington, or anywhere else in the United States, Choctaw people have the same needs and concerns as other citizens across America.

The 100-year vision that the Chief, Council, and other leaders of the tribe are composing entail plans that provide services for tribal members and communities in Choctaw Nation for many years to come. It is vital that health, education and employment programs continue so that the tools for success are available so each person can have the most amazing future possible.

We are being extremely prudent in the planning process for programs for the next several generations – it is important to consider the financial implications of the economy as it relates to the continued growth of each service.

Each facility that is constructed, each business that is expanded or began and each new program that is initiated are all given cautious deliberation prior to action so that the best decision possible can be made on behalf of the Choctaw people. Nothing is done without appropriate research and consideration. We realize that we have the power to invent our own future and we want it to be a GREAT future!