Tribal economic development much more than gaming
From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton
Economic Development of the Choctaw Nation is much more than simply gaming. We have grown to be a diverse set of business units, which provide revenue to support the programs and services for Choctaw people. It is always exciting to tell of the different and unique businesses the tribe operates. While our gaming industry, which employs 3,000 people, is often highlighted because it does bring in the largest portion of the business income, tribal leaders are also thrilled with our other business opportunities.
One of the most exciting of the enterprises, Choctaw Defense, is the nation’s leading Native American defense manufacturer. It has a superior track record, provides 230 jobs and designs and builds products for the U.S. government. One of the most recent contracts is for Camel II, water trailers that were engineered and are being constructed at the Choctaw Defense plant in McAlester for the military. Choctaw Defense adds to the tribe’s prestige and is considered one of the best, and I am proud of the numerous awards they have won.
Another great business that many tribal members don’t realize we own is Choctaw Global Staffing, which provides professional staffing services through contracts with several federal agencies. Through Global Staffing, we have people in 49 states and 11 countries. We are proud of the wide array of healthcare staffing services we are able to provide our military. Additionally, we provide facility maintenance services to over 280 embassies and consulates across the globe.
Other revenue producing businesses our tribe is fortunate to have at the forefront are the Travel Plazas, Texoma Print Services, Choctaw Nation Ranching and Choctaw Nation Shopping Center.
These are all tremendous opportunities for employment and distinctive ways that revenue is produced so that the vision of the Choctaw Nation may come to fruition. “To achieve healthy, successful, productive and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.”
Please learn more about the Choctaw Nation at www.choctawnation.com.