Three decades of significant growth for Nation – our tribe is outstanding
From the desk of Chief Gregory E. Pyle
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has made great strides in the past few decades. Since our constitution was ratified in 1983, services for the members have been growing and improving at a tremendous rate.
The Choctaw Nation vision statement is “To achieve healthy, successful, productive and self-sufficient lifestyles for a healthy nation of Choctaws.”
In order to achieve the healthy nation, the tribe has taken steps to provide access to services through some tremendous health facilities across southeast Oklahoma as well as provide numerous wellness centers so that we can all become more “fit.” Our hospital and many clinics, with the exceptional health professionals on staff, have been providing leadership on the path to better health for future generations! One of the mottos of the Choctaw Health Services is GO LEAN, and we are learning a new way of eating, and a new way of living. It would be great to have a future where “Healthy is the Rule not the Exception!”
Thirty years ago, the tribe had about 100 employees – the job opportunities have increased to about 6,400 today! These people work at the hospital and clinics, field offices, School of Choctaw Language, Career Development, Outreach, Forestry and Firefighters, and many other service-oriented job sites, as well as the administrative offices and businesses of the nation.
The numerous education and training programs, employment services, housing, safety, transportation, veterans, elders and youth programs all contribute to that Nation of successful and self-sufficient Choctaws. We all want our grandchildren to have a better lifestyle than ourselves!
The wide-ranging industries of the Choctaw Nation include Choctaw Defense Manufacturing (located in the communities of McAlester and Hugo); Choctaw Global Staffing (government contracting services providing personnel at jobs both in the United States and overseas); Choctaw Ranches; Travel Plazas in Durant, Atoka, Broken Bow, Garvin, Heavener, Grant, Idabel, McAlester, Pocola, Poteau, Stringtown and Wilburton; Choctaw Print Services; a shopping center in Idabel; RV park in Durant; Casino and Resort in Durant, Grant and Pocola - and casinos in McAlester, Stringtown, Broken Bow and Idabel.
In the past few years, the Choctaw culture has been revitalized at an amazing rate with activities, art, and dance programs. Gatherings often include speaking the language, stickball and storytelling. Awakening the interest in Choctaw heritage is making our tribe stronger.
Our Tribal Nation could not have grown at such a tremendous rate if it were not for the support and encouragement from the Choctaw citizens. Thank you all for participating in the events, the programs and the culture of the Great Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I am very proud to be Choctaw! And even more proud to serve all of you!