Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Values and ethics guide future success

From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton

January 2013

There is tremendous merit in the values and ethics that we are taught through our families, jobs and church. Choctaws have historically had strong family ties, respecting elders, with a deep-seated faith in God and a determination to do what is best for the youth of the tribe. This combination has helped build strong leaders for the tribe – leaders of integrity who have kept the Choctaw Nation economically strong in a year when other areas of the United States have sometimes struggled.

My prayers have been thankful that our tribe is blessed to remain fruitful. Businesses are expanding and we have been hiring new staff in recent months. Our partnership with all areas is essential to the future success of everyone. We want to continue to grow together, as a tribe, as families, and as communities.

A commitment to serving others is essential for meeting the changing needs of the tribal members and the communities in which the Choctaw Nation resides. The leaders of the tribe have both compassion and commitment, and I am honored to work with them.

Thanks to extensive research, collaboration and planning, the forecast of the tribe is looking bright!

We can look forward to the upcoming year with eager anticipation for more business expansions, staffing increases, sharing of cultural information, and community involvement!