Choctaw Nation Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma http://choctawnation.com/rss/ en-us 40 Choctaw Nation finance department collects almost 55,000 pounds of recycled goods <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2333/FixAssetsCN2014_original.jpg" alt='FixAssetsCN2014' /> <em>Choctaw Nation Fixed Assets Team (Photo by STEPHENIE OCHOA)</em><br></p> <h3>Finance department helps nation to “Go Green”</h3> <p><em>By STEPHENIE OCHOA</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em><br></p> <p><strong>DURANT</strong> – The Choctaw Nation Finance Department participated in a departmental recycling challenge to support the “Going Green” efforts of the Nation. As one of the largest departments within the Choctaw Nation, 15 sub-departments consisting of around 127 people were able to collect 54,657 pounds of recycled goods that translates to around 16.3 pounds of trash per person.<br> </p> <p>The contest began early May and each team was responsible for the collection and drop off of recycling materials at the recycling center. Participants collected plastics, cell phones, newspapers, office paper, magazines, aluminum cans, printer cartridges, Styrofoam items, shredded paper, medicine bottles, phone books, cardboard and steel cans. The winning teams received certificates and the first place team won a certificate as well as a pizza party.<br> </p> <p>The average pound-per-person team results are as follows:</p> <p>• 5th Place – Accounts Payable – 400 pounds<br> • 4th Place – Employee Services and Payroll – 515 pounds<br> • 3rd Place – Purchasing – 1,189 pounds<br> • 2nd Place – General Fund – 1,635 pounds<br> • 1st Place – Fixed Assets – 1,892 pounds<br></p> <p>The Fixed Assets team is comprised of only six members including Tracy Sikes, Karra Huffman, Patricia Lilley, Jeremy Loper, Willie Toombs, and Violet Wilson but surprised the Nation with its team contributions. Lori Taylor from the Finance Event Committee said, “We chose recycling as a group project to help encourage teamwork and boost employee morale and we think that we successfully accomplished that.”<br></p> <p>Senior Executive Director of Finance Ryan Garner said, &#8220;I was amazed at everyone&#8217;s enthusiastic response to the challenge and the amount of recycling turned in during the four-week period.&#8221;<br></p> <p>The 54,657 pounds of recycled goods were received and processed by the Choctaw Nation Durant recycling center located at 3108 Enterprise Drive in Durant. The center is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information about the recycling and the Choctaw Nation visit <a href="http://www.choctawnation.com">Choctaw Nation</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Choctaw-Nation-Going-Green/121029571288880">Going Green</a>.</p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:04:27 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-finance-department-collects-almost-55000-pounds-of-recycled-goods/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-finance-department-collects-almost-55000-pounds-of-recycled-goods/ Choctaw Nation expected to pave the way for more economic growth <h3>Gatekeeper to growth and development, Choctaws begin organizing for new initiative</h3> <p><em>By STEPHENIE OCHOA</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em></p> <p><strong>DURANT</strong> – Sara-Jane Smallwood, Promise Zone Coordinator for the Choctaw Nation, spoke to local economic representatives, educators and business leaders at the third annual E3 Economic Summit at Southeastern Oklahoma State University June 17.<br></p> <p>Smallwood spoke of the designation of the Choctaw Nation as the first tribal Promise Zone, one of five areas in the U.S. to be selected. “The designation in January was a huge surprise and also a huge joy when we found out that we were the first and the only tribe to be designated as a Promise Zone in the country,” Smallwood said.<br></p> <p>President Barack Obama also designated urban and rural areas in San Antonio, Las Angeles, Philadelphia, and Southeastern Kentucky as Promise Zones, beginning the anti-poverty program aimed at providing resources and improving conditions for those communities.<br></p> <p>Smallwood said the initiative would enhance cooperation between federal agencies, governmental branches, community advocates and Native American tribes. “My job is to work with all of our leaders, both internally and externally, to figure out what our needs are and put the pieces together to communicate that to federal agencies,” Smallwood said. “Right now, we are focusing on a few key areas that we know will contribute to our economy and create a better workforce for tomorrow.”<br></p> <p>John Redman, Rural Development Specialist for the United States Development Agency (USDA), also speaking at the E3 Economic Summit, said the government wants to invest in what works by helping these Promise Zone areas define clear goals and gain access to more resources. “We’re going to try to fund as many projects as we can,” Redman said. “We are looking for new projects to partner with the Choctaw Nation and their local affiliates, so the Choctaw Nation is going to be a very important player in economic development here in the years looking forward.”<br></p> <p>Kathy Hendrick, Director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Competitiveness stated, “In general, the Choctaw Nation has already made a huge impact on the Southeastern Oklahoma areas and the Promise Zone initiative will only help those areas to develop and grow more.”<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:18 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-expected-to-pave-the-way-for-more-economic-growth/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-expected-to-pave-the-way-for-more-economic-growth/ Choctaw culture on display at Owa-Chito Festival <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2331/TimNevequaya_original.jpg" alt='TimNevequaya' /> <em>Choctaw/Comanche artist Tim Nevequaya plays the flute at the Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest on June 22. (Photo by Zach Maxwell)</em><br></p> <h3>Choctaw culture on display at Owa-Chito Festival</h3> <p><em>By ZACH MAXWELL</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em></p> <p>From a Choctaw judge at the annual art show to a ring of booths around a stickball field, the Choctaw Nation was on full display at the Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest last weekend at Beavers Bend State Park.<br></p> <p>Several aspects of Choctaw culture and life ways were in the offering for thousands of Owa-Chito visitors. Several tribal members from Texas and surrounding states visited booths displaying Choctaw beadwork, basketry, pottery and other items.<br> Youth and adult stickball teams held demonstration games on Saturday, with heated competition in both games. Artisans including Judy Davis, Tim Nevequaya and Anthony Thompson demonstrated a variety of native art and expression.<br> Choctaw food was available thanks to the senior volunteers from the Broken Bow area. The group cooked up “shukha nipi” (hog meat), tanchi labona (hominy soup) and Indian tacos with fry bread. The seniors also sang Choctaw hymns on the Group Camp stage.<br></p> <p>Storytelling was offered by Olin Williams, with cultural artifact usage demonstrations by Les Williston. Renowned artist DG Smalling helped judge more than 200 entries by 76 artists in the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Art Show.<br> Traditional Choctaw colors were on full display with the social dancing demonstrations and the Miss Choctaw Owa-Chito pageant, which was held on Friday.<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:55:45 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-culture-on-display-at-owa-chito-festival/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-culture-on-display-at-owa-chito-festival/ Choctaw Nation Public Safety and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Provide Prescription Box <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2330/ChoctawOBNBox_original.jpg" alt='ChoctawOBNBox' /> <em>(From left to right) Sgt. Mike Johnson, Director of Law Enforcement R.D. Hendrix, Director of OBN Darrell Weaver, and Chief Agent of Enforcement Bob Cook stand with the new drug drop within the Choctaw Nation Public Safety Department. (Photo by Brandon Frye)</em><br></p> <h3>Choctaw Nation Public Safety and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Provide Prescription Box</h3> <p><em>By STEPHENIE OCHOA and BRANDON FRYE</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em></p> <p><strong>Durant</strong>-The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) installed a permanent prescription drug drop off box inside the Choctaw Nation Public Safety Department at 1705 Locust St. on June 24, 2014.<br> Any person can deposit unwanted and outdated prescription drugs and containers, which will serve to protect the environment from chemical pollution as well as safeguard against accidents and any possible abuse of substances. These OBN drop boxes are currently the only legal means of discarding medications safely in Oklahoma.<br></p> <p>“It’s a win-win,” R.D. Hendrix, Director of Choctaw Law Enforcement, said. “There is not a charge for it, OBN provides the box, they provide the service to come pick it up when it is full, and it’s convenient for all of our employees here to be able to utilize.”<br></p> <p>Statewide, OBN has taken back roughly 28 tons of unwanted prescriptions.<br></p> <p>The disposal box at the Choctaw Public Safety Department is the 158th to be installed within Oklahoma and is now one of three boxes available to citizens within the Durant area.<br></p> <p>Hendrix said OBN wants to take drugs off the streets. “I’m sure they saw, throughout the state, a lot of problems with prescription drugs,” he said. “Not only people selling them, but things happening in the homes.”<br></p> <p>Mark Woodward, OBN spokesman, said prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in Oklahoma and it is unsafe to leave outdated drugs in the house. “Old, expired medications left in the home can be targeted by users,” Woodward said. “Teenagers also target their parent’s current or expired prescription drugs to abuse, trade or sell in order to obtain alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.”<br> </p> <p>These drop boxes are also vital for preventing potential disasters caused by keeping unnecessary medications in the home, Darrell Weaver, Director of OBN, said. “A lot of your elderly people, they usually have several medications, and a lot of times they get more than what they need. Once they pass on, what do the relatives do with the medication?” He added, “I always say this: it’s about saving lives and it will be well worth it if we can save at least one life.”<br></p> <p>The drop box inside the Choctaw Nation Public Safety Department will be available during the business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional locations are available to citizens of Durant at the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and Durant Police Department.<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:38:42 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-public-safety-and-oklahoma-bureau-of-narcotics-provide-prescription-box/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-public-safety-and-oklahoma-bureau-of-narcotics-provide-prescription-box/ Choctaw artist’s healing reach expanded <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2329/LegacySoap_original.jpg" alt='LegacySoap' /> <em>Allison Crawford explains the different types of soaps she offers to a customer at the Choctaw Welcome Center in Colbert.</em><br> <em>(Photo by STEPHENIE OCHOA)</em></p> <h3>Legacy Soaps now part of Choctaw Nation Store to serve local area residents.</h3> <p><em>By STEPHENIE OCHOA</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em><br></p> <p><strong>DURANT</strong> – Artisans are often the torchbearers for a culture, teaching and sharing with others the spirit of a people who came before, with the spirit of talent and passion for contemporary additions of today. Of such torchbearers is a unique artist whose crafts were designed to heal and help.<br> </p> <p>Allison Crawford, Choctaw goat’s milk soap maker, has dedicated her life to helping others in a very holistic and historical way, yet, with contemporary additions. Legacy Soaps, the name of Crawford’s business, was born out of the need to help a unique portion of society that she felt needed extra love and care, pediatric critical care patients.<br> </p> <p>As a pediatric nurse, she began to research and use goat’s milk to specially design holistic products that could remedy various skin problems. As each bar was developed, Crawford helped many special cases as well as their family members never considering her soaps might be what helped her the most.<br> </p> <p>Crawford originally planned soap making to be a pastime, however, when an accident left her unable to carry on as a nurse, the healing soaps allowed her to continue on with her dream of caring for others and also provided for her financially. Legacy Soaps became this artist’s full-time job and grew in size and are now carried in the Choctaw Nation Welcome Center Store and shipped throughout the United States as well as abroad with 10 different bars and custom creations available.<br></p> <p>As an artist and a caregiver, Crawford says she is fulfilled, “doing what you love is freedom and loving what you do is happiness.” Yet, when asked what her next goal is, Crawford says, “I always ask myself, how can I help or whom can I help next?”<br></p> <p>Legacy Soaps are all made in traditional Native American methods passed down from other Native soap makers and all ingredients are harvested from goats born and raised on her farm. She breeds, rears and milks her own goats then mixes, molds and cuts the soaps all by hand adding specially researched and tested oils and emollients for specific issues.<br></p> <p>A few of the conditions Legacy Soaps help with, she says, are anti-fungal needs, acne, dry skin, eczema, depression, muscle soreness, tension, antiseptics and other skin irritants. For additional information about Legacy Soaps, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legacy.goatmilksoap">Legacy Soaps</a> or visit the Choctaw Nation Store in Calera.<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:25:08 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-artists-healing-reach-expanded/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-artists-healing-reach-expanded/ Day of Champions football camp held in Durant, OK. <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2328/CoachBobFello_1__original.jpg" alt='CoachBobFello_1_' /> <em>Coach Bob Fello guides a group of football camp participants Wednesday, June 25 in Durant. Youths going through football passing drills at the Day of Champions football camp in Durant. (Photos by BRANDON FRYE)</em><br></p> <h3>Ken Heupel brings all-star cast of coaches to guide Choctaw Nation youth camp<br></h3> <p><em>By ZACH MAXWELL</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em><br></p> <p><strong>DURANT</strong> – Coach Ken Heupel’s Day of Champions football camp drew 248 students of the game to Paul Laird Field on the Southeastern campus this week.<br> Heupel brought an all-star cast of coaches to the two-day event, including Bob Fello of Kansas State, former Chicago Bears’ assistant coach Earl Mosely, Northwestern Oklahoma alum Waleed Gaines, ex-NFL player Will Harris and former OU wide receiver Jarrail Jackson.<br> <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2327/FootballCamp_1__original.jpg" align="right" width="260" alt='FootballCamp_1_' /></p> <p>One of the highlights for attending youth was meeting Ken’s son Josh Heupel, a former OU quarterback who was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2000.<br> “This is a great opportunity to work with the Choctaw Nation,” Ken Heupel said. “They have a vision for their youth and their elders. And we teach young people how to listen and how to believe in themselves. And we’re also learning all the time.”<br></p> <p>Terri Confer, mother of eight-year-old camp attendee Ayden Confer, said she signed her son up to, “get some exercise and sunshine.” She added, “We come from a town that has no football, so this is a good opportunity.” Her son played youth football for a Durant league last year and she wants him to “strengthen, train and learn something new” at the camp.<br></p> <p>Heupel said the camp focuses on four principles: Discipline, respect, trust and hard work. The Day of Champions was one of several sports and cultural camps hosted by the Choctaw Nation throughout June. Other sports camps covered baseball, softball, basketball, golf and stickball.<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:39:24 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/day-of-champions-football-camp-held-in-durant-ok-/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/day-of-champions-football-camp-held-in-durant-ok-/ All-in for his education <p><b><font size="7">All-in for his education</font></p> <p><i><font size="4">Gabriel Louis earns the Gates Millennium Scholarship</font></b></i></p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2324/Gabe_Louis_web_original.jpg" align="right" width="400" alt='Gabe_Louis_web' /> During the 2013-14 school year, Gabriel Louis walked the halls of Durant High School. In the fall of 2014 he will advance to the campus of <a href="http://go.okstate.edu/">Oklahoma State University</a> in Stillwater, and will do so as one of the select few to earn a <a href="http://www.gmsp.org/">Gates Millennium Scholarship</a>. This good-through-graduation scholarship is awarded to a limited number of students in the United States and is based on merit and educator evaluation. </p> <p>This prestigious award, combined with a handful of additional scholarships through OSU, will allow Louis to pursue his education in the field of computer engineering. His interest in technology and knack for machines, combined with his appreciation for OSU led him toward this path. </p> <p>With such a well-paved road to success before him, Louis can attribute his current state to his dedication. “From the time he came into my class in 9th grade, he was not going to accept being satisfactory,” stated Neta Newton, math instructor for Durant High School.</p> <p>Louis studied under Newton for three years of pre-AP math, and AP Calculus during his senior year. As a reference towards his application to Gates, Newton speaks of Louis’s attitude towards academics as “always willing to go the extra distance.”</p> <p>Being recognized for his efforts in the classroom, Louis has been a regular on the Durant Superintendent’s Honor Roll. He seized the title of honor graduate as he remained in the top 10 percent of his class, and earned membership in the Oklahoma, Oklahoma Indian and National Honor Societies. </p> <p>Beyond the classroom, he was also involved in football, a sport he has played since early childhood and received honorable mention as all-district cornerback in his senior year. Holding multiple offices in the student council through the years and remaining active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are also elements to his résumé which helped clinch the Gates. Piano has also been a passion in Louis’s youth. Playing his first notes at the age of 10, he advanced his skill to play the music of classic composers and eventually grace the stage of state competitions where he received a superior rating. He plans to expand his musical talents in the future with study of the violin.</p> <p>Throughout his life, education has been of utmost importance. He credits his mother, Terry Louis, as a key to his success. “She always demanded a lot and never let me just ‘get by’,” stated Louis as he humbly explained where he learned the importance of applying all his effort. </p> <p>“He’s always had the desire to excel in everything he does – mediocre didn’t cut it,” stated Terry as she spoke of her son’s success. “I look forward to the next chapter in his life and where it will lead him. It has been a blessing that he was selected as a Gates scholar and I give God all the glory.”</p> <p class="alignleft" style="margin-right:20px;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2325/Gabe_Tutoring_web_original.jpg" align="right" width="380" alt='Gabe_Tutoring_web' /><br><i><font size="2">Gabe reads along with a student, providing guidance. </i></font></p> <p>Currently, Louis is employed through the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) where he serves as a positive role model in the classroom at Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant. Washington Irving, participating in the Choctaw Nation <a href="http://youtu.be/tqzTVlKIo5s">Partnership of Summer School Education</a> (POSSE) initiative, is hosting summer classes for young area children. </p> <p>Louis functions as a tutor and facilitator of daily activities. “I like mentoring kids – trying to get them on the right track,” Louis stated. This is his second year in this position. Before working with POSSE, he spent his summers serving the Choctaw Nation Child Care Development Center.</p> <p>“Gabe is a great role model for our students. His leadership skills are very evident,” stated Lisa Whitley, Louis’s summer supervisor, as she mentioned his positive impact on students. </p> <p>Spreading his knowledge of creating a high school résumé desirable to scholarship donors, Louis stated, “Don’t get discouraged. Keep applying and don’t let yourself get lazy or develop bad habits.” He also recommends that tribal members utilize the programs offered by their tribes, mentioning that Choctaw Nation Education had been significantly helpful in his academic efforts. </p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:58:48 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/all-in-for-his-education/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/all-in-for-his-education/ Sean Burrage welcomed as 20th Southeastern Oklahoma State University President <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2322/chiefs_original.jpg" alt='chiefs' /> <em>Sean Burrage, incoming president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is joined by former Choctaw Nation Chief Greg Pyle, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. (Photo by ZACH MAXWELL)</em><br></p> <h3>Sean Burrage welcomed as 20th Southeastern president<br></h3> <p><em>Massey family and tribes host reception honoring incoming school president</em><br> By ZACH MAXWELL Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma<br></p> <p><strong>DURANT, Okla.</strong> – The Choctaw and Chickasaw nations joined the Massey family in welcoming Sean Burrage as the 20th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University during a Monday reception in Burrage’s honor.<br> A standing-room crowd of several hundred people gathered at the Choctaw Event Center to welcome Burrage, who stepped down as a state senator from the Oklahoma City area to return to Southeastern.<br> “I’m now in higher education and dedicating myself to this cause,” Burrage said. “I promise to work for you and with you all to move this university forward.” Several leaders offered positive remarks to welcome Burrage, including Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, State Regent John Massey and the event emcee, Greg Massey.<br> Elected officials from across Oklahoma were in attendance, as well as several leaders from state colleges and universities. Burrage officially began his term as Southeastern president on July 1.<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:11:50 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/sean-burrage-welcomed-as-20th-southeastern-oklahoma-state-university-president/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/sean-burrage-welcomed-as-20th-southeastern-oklahoma-state-university-president/ New food distribution center for the Durant area <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2319/Food_Ribbon_for_Web_original.jpg" alt='Ribbon Cutting Food Distribution Durant, OK' /> <em>“Chief Gary Batton, Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr., Councilman Ted Dosh along with other Councilmen and employees of the Food Distribution Center cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Food Distribution Center in Durant.” (By: DEIDRE ELORD)</em><br></p> <h3>New food distribution center for the Durant area</h3> <p><em>By Deidre Elrod</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em><br></p> <p>The Choctaw Nation celebrated a grand opening for a new food distribution center June 19. The new market location is at 2352 Big Lots Pkwy in Durant.<br></p> <p>The staff began the move from the old location May 29 till the 31. All of the shelves were stocked and the food was moved ready for clients to go shopping the morning of June 2.<br></p> <p>Jerry Tonubbee, Director of the Food Distribution Program said, “ Moving into the new store from the old one was like moving out of a dungeon and into a palace.”<br><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2320/Julia_Food_Distribution_original.jpg" align="right" width="260" alt='Julia Food Distribution' /></p> <p>The distribution center is approximately 7500 square feet and is set up like a typical grocery store with aisles of food to choose from like fresh fruits, vegetables and meats along with foods that are low in sodium and fats.<br></p> <p>“Typically a family on our program will receive approximately 85 pounds of food per household member per month,” said Tonubbee.<br></p> <p>In order to qualify for the program, at least one member of the household must have a CDIB, cannot be participating in the SNAP program and cannot exceed the income guideline set by the USDA that vary by family size.<br></p> <p>Tonubbee said, “In May, Durant served 358 households consisting of 834 people. We anticipate that number growing over the coming months.”<br></p> <p>Two more markets are planned for future sites in McAlester and Broken Bow areas.<br> </p> <p>For more information about the Food Distribution Program call (580) 924-7773.<br></p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:15:12 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/new-food-distribution-center-for-the-durant-area/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/new-food-distribution-center-for-the-durant-area/ Choctaw Nation Farmer's Market <p><p class="alignright" style="margin-left:20px;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2317/Cabbage_original.jpg" align="right" alt='Cabbage' /><br><i><font size="2">J.R. Wesson of Colbert adds cabbages to his locally grown produce at the Choctaw Nation Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 18</i></font></p><br></p> <h3>Choctaw Nation Farmer&#8217;s Market</h3> <p><br> By Zach Maxwell<br><br> Summer is just about here and that means Choctaw Nation farmers markets are in full bloom across southeastern Oklahoma.<br> Local growers typically bring their produce on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. to Choctaw Nation Community Centers or senior buildings in Durant, Atoka, Hugo, McAlester, Stigler, Broken Bow and Idabel. The farmer’s markets are open from 9 a.m. until noon unless produce sells out.<br> Items found at the market outside of the Durant Community Center included tomatoes, cabbage, varieties of squash, garlic, onions, blackberries, potatoes and more. The menu will change with the seasons.<br> The markets are supported by the Choctaw Nation Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Choctaw elders are reminded that applications are available for produce vouchers at local community centers.</p> <p>For more information contact: Peggy Carlton 1-800-522-6170 x 2303</p> <p><!-- AddThis Button BEGIN --></p> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a> <a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a> <a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit"></a> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-51768a9b29d4b994"></script> <p><!-- AddThis Button END --></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:32:13 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-farmers-market/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-farmers-market/