Tribal Services in Hugo have never been easier for tribal members to access. A ribboncutting on Jan. 13 marked the opening of the new 24,300-sq.-ft. Tribal Services facility and the new 10,000-sq.-ft. Wellness Center in Hugo. The two buildings were added near the Choctaw Community Center, Head Start and Clinic in Hugo. With new landscaping and a walking track around a picturesque pond with a water fountain, the Tribal Services campus is a beautiful area off Hwy. 70 on the west side of the city.
The master plan is to eventually have all of the Choctaw Nation’s Hugo tribal operations situated in a central location, allowing easy accessibility and ample parking for the Choctaw people. The facilities were funded by separate HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $1.6 million each and tribal funds.
The two-story Tribal Services facility has 58 offices, housing staff of several programs including Guest Services, Social Services, Children and Family Services, Agriculture, WIC, Law Enforcement and Outreach’s Vocational Rehabilitation, Victims Assistance, Youth Outreach, Project Empower, Empower 2 Dream, Injury Prevention, Hokli Nittak, Chahta Inchukka, Transit, CHIPRA, Choctaw Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens, Community-based Social Work, Elder Advocacy and Faith-based Counseling.
Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 580-326-8304 or 877-285-6893. The center provides some of the finest workout equipment in southeastern Oklahoma as well as a basketball court. Wellness Center staff have activities scheduled Monday through Saturday with something for everyone including a wide array of exercise classes as well as classes in self-defense, senior nutrition and ballroom dancing. An after-school program is held four days a month with a different age group each day.
The Wellness Center is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.for Choctaw Nation tribal members and employees. For more information, call 580-326-9422.