Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Vision for our tribe is important

From the desk of Chief Gregory E. Pyle

February 2012

Planning for the next 100 years is an important part of the job for me and the Choctaw Tribal Council. It is essential to provide tools for success for tribal members so they can become healthier and more self-sufficient through education, health and social programs. I also feel it is vital that the traditions of our great tribe be sustained, not just through the next century, but far beyond.

Of course, the successful tribal businesses that the Choctaw Nation has been blessed with in the past few years have given us a great deal of strength in providing some of these important tools for success. The tribe has been able to grant education scholarships to Choctaws living all across the world. We have begun career training programs, academic recognition programs, improved services with health and housing, and added thousands of jobs within the tribe. Many of these new jobs are through the increased economic development ventures and improved services.

I have spent the majority of my life in service to Choctaw people. I hope that future generations will be able to look back and say that my team and I planned well. We are working hard to train leaders within the Choctaw Nation to ensure the vision of the tribe is met – a healthy, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyle for a proud Nation of Choctaws.

The people I work with daily share my belief in servant leadership, commitment and strong work ethics. Continued diligence in sustaining our culture, our government and our economic independence has led to the ability to provide a tremendous array of services to tribal members. These services are now helping establish a generation of well-educated, trained and gainfully employed people who have been able to access the programs of the tribe.

I am very proud of the members of the Choctaw Nation and very proud of the people who work here. As we continue planning for the next decades and the next century, have faith that we are considering your family members, no matter where they live, and regardless of their age, because we want our tribe to succeed for all our generations.