Choctaw Nation Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma http://choctawnation.com/rss/ en-us 40 10th Annual Choctaw Casino/Resort Pow Wow information <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2520/10th_Pow_Wow_8x10_OSU_AD_1__original.jpg" alt='10th Pow Wow' /><br></p> <h3>10th Annual Choctaw Casino/Resort Pow Wow information</h3> <p>Pow Wow will be held on Nov. 29 and 30, at the Event Center in Durant. Admission is free to the public. For questions, email kerry.steve@choctawcasinos.com or sharon.polk@choctawcasinos.com</p> <p>Over $80,000 in prize money to be won. See below for competition details. </p> <p><b>Head Staff</b><br> Arena Directors: Michael Roberts, Clifton Goodwill and Marty Thurman<br> Emcee: Rob Daugherty and Joaquin Hamilton<br> Head Gourd Dancer: Ira Kaulay<br> Head Gourd Singer: Robert Crowels<br></p> <p><b>Friday</b><br> Vendor booth setup – 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.<br> Dancer/Drum Registation – 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.</p> <p><b>Saturday</b><br> Vendor booth setup – 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.<br> Dancer/Drum Registation – 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.<br> Gourd Dance - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.<br> Grand Entry - 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.<br></p> <p><b>Sunday</b><br> Grand Entry 1 p.m.<br> Dance Contest begins after Grand Entry<br></p> <p><em>Princesses and royalty invited to participate in Grand Entry</em></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, 25 Nov 2014 21:00:03 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/10th-annual-choctaw-casinoresort-pow-wow-information/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/10th-annual-choctaw-casinoresort-pow-wow-information/ Northcross giving back to community, tribe <h3>Choctaw tribal member achieves goal through Career Development program</h3> <p>Choctaw tribal member Natasha Northcross, originally from Sherman Oakes, Calif., has recently earned her bachelor&#8217;s degree in healthcare administration from California State University Northridge. A participant in the Choctaw Nation’s Career Development Program, Northcross is now living her dream of giving back to her community and her tribe.<br></p> <p>As someone who has always volunteered her time to help others, Northcross worked for organizations like the JTP Films&#8217; Jet Travolta Foundation and Passport Health (a public health franchise) during her time in school. Her work with JTP included reviewing grant applications for programs related to autism.<br></p> <p>&#8220;I found it very enlightening and rewarding to know that I was at the forefront of making a difference in communities,&#8221; she said. Northcross volunteered at events organized to improve the campus of the Motion Picture Television Fund; something that “gave me perspective on what it means to give back to those less fortunate.” She feels she gained &#8220;memorable experiences that helped shape her future.” <br> </p> <p>In addition to her volunteer work, Northcross worked in various other fields such as healthcare, travel, construction and education. Working part time and taking a full load at school meant very little time for much else, but she still managed to be involved in school clubs and community service. Northcross chose healthcare administration because she had “set her sights on being a leader in Native American communities and to make a difference in the current health system.”<br> </p> <p>Upon graduation, Northcross knew she wanted to work for Indian Health Services and kept watching their website for the perfect position. A couple of attempts at jobs were unsuccessful, so she reached out to Career Development&#8217;s Employment Services for help. Stacy Hallmark who is located in the Hugo and Durant offices helped Natasha with a resume and interview skills. Northcross says, “I learned you really need to prepare for interviews and utilize your resources in order to be successful.”<br> </p> <p>After two extensive phone interviews, Northcross was hired at Indian Health Services working in the Diabetes and Prevention Division in Washington, D.C and has already been promoted to Budget and Accounting Analyst. When asked what she likes best about her new job, Northcross states, “I&#8217;m doing exactly what I&#8217;ve always wanted to do. I&#8217;ve been given the opportunity to give back to my community in a BIG way by contributing to efforts to make American Indians and Alaska Natives healthier. My division hopes to turn the tide of the diabetes epidemic and I&#8217;m proud to be a part of a great team.” Her advice to others, “I believe that you need to get into your community and experience as much as possible. Find something you are passionate about and try to connect with organizations that meet your purpose. Once you have identified your dream, pursue a career that will help you achieve your goal. Utilize all your available resources, such as those through the Choctaw Nation.”<br> </p> <p>Northcross would like to thank the Career Development program, &#8220;especially Bettye Bolen and Stacy Hallmark for encouraging me to achieve my dreams.&#8221; Bolen is the career counselor who works with tribal members outside Oklahoma and Texas. Northcross is also grateful to the Choctaw Nation for its support of programs helping to advance self-sustaining careers.<br></p> <p>Choctaw Nation Career Development provides a comprehensive array of career guidance services, workforce skills development, academic skills enhancement, and financial education that enables members of the Choctaw Nation to obtain recognized certifications in a variety of vocations. For more information, log on to choctawcareers.com.<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, 25 Nov 2014 15:05:23 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/northcross-giving-back-to-community-tribe/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/northcross-giving-back-to-community-tribe/ Jerry Tims is “Movin’ On” through the music world <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2519/Jerry_Tims_Music_copy_original.jpg" alt='Jerry Tims' /><br></p> <h3>Choctaw Member Enters the Music World</h3> <p><em>By Zach Maxwell</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation</em><br></p> <p><strong>Durant, Okla.</strong> - Jerry Tims is “Movin’ On” through the music world – and a big part of that move comes from the talented voice of his daughter, Sierra.<br></p> <p>Under the name of Jerry Tims Music, Jerry (a Choctaw Nation member and employee of Choctaw Nation Social Services) has released his third studio album titled …Movin’ On.<br></p> <p>The 10-song album follows Chosen and Keep Pressing On and all three are influenced by Tims’ Southern gospel upbringing with a mix of popular music from the past three decades.<br></p> <p>“The feedback that I get is that it is contemporary, it has some mainstream country but we also have hymns in there,” Tims said. “It covers about four genres.”<br></p> <p>The versatility of Tims – and the sheer power of 17-year-old Sierra Tims’ voice – makes the father-daughter duo a potent mix in the growing world or Choctaw music.<br></p> <p>Sierra’s studio performance of “I Need You,” a thoughtful, contemporary inspirational song, garnered 500 views on YouTube on the first day of release.<br></p> <p>“It feels really cool that we are able to get our songs out there and minister to people, that’s what it is all about,” she said. “My dad has helped me a lot and encouraged me to never give up. It’s fun to travel and spend time with him.”<br></p> <p>She has gone to Nashville with her father several times to record professionally and take part in photo shoots for the albums. “I’m glad he took me,” she said. “It was once in a lifetime and something I will always cherish.”<br></p> <p>Sierra will graduate high school soon and plans to study physical therapy at University of Oklahoma. As for her musical talent, she says, “You never know what the future holds.”<br></p> <p>The Tims family, who live in McCurtain County, are in the process of joining the Choctaw Artists Registry. Jerry has been a regular fixture in the Sunday lineup at the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival. Daughter Sierra has joined him onstage in recent years.<br></p> <p>“Our goal is just to create good music,” Tims said. “It’s something to be proud of.”<br></p> <p>Tims is getting a boost from those in the contemporary gospel music family, recording a song on …Movin’ On with Weston Hinson. Tims often performs live at churches and other venues across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas with band members Robert Nichols, Daniel Hines, Jarvis Watson and Ron Ferrier.<br></p> <p>His music is available <a href="www.jerrytimsmusic.com">here.</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> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:26:21 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/jerry-tims-is-movin-on-through-the-music-world/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/jerry-tims-is-movin-on-through-the-music-world/ Promise Zone progress on display during HUD visit <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2518/HUDBoysAndGirlsClub_original.jpg" alt='HUD Story' /><br> <em>HUD officials C. Wayne Sims, Rodger Boyd and Jemine Bryon pose with Durant Boys &amp; Girls Club member Jonah Pollard.</em></p> <h3>Promise Zone progress on display during HUD visit<br></h3> <p><em>By ZACH MAXWELL</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation</em><br></p> <p><strong>Durant, Okla.</strong> - The Choctaw Nation hosted dignitaries from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a progress report tour of areas in one of President Barack Obama’s Promise Zones.<br></p> <p>Jemine Bryon, Deputy Undersecretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for HUD, was joined by Rodger Boyd (Navajo Nation), Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD Native Programs, and C. Wayne Sims, Administrator for HUD’s Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs.<br></p> <p>They were shown several shovel-ready projects around Durant by members of Choctaw Nation Office of Tribal Policy, including Promise Zone Coordinator Sara-Jane Smallwood.<br></p> <p>She took the group to the Durant Boys and Girls Club, currently occupying a portion of old Durant Middle School. Business partnerships and Promise Zone designation could help turn the tide for youths in “one of the poorest Census tracts in the Choctaw Nation,” Smallwood said.<br></p> <p>The group also visited residents at Chahta Tvmaha elder housing, where units were built using HUD funding.<br></p> <p>“It’s a life-saver for me,” said resident Van Lindsay. “It’s just me and my dog, so it is a comfortable place and I feel safe here.”<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, 24 Nov 2014 14:19:57 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/promise-zone-progress-on-display-during-hud-visit/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/promise-zone-progress-on-display-during-hud-visit/ Star program spreads Choctaw culture to local schools <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2516/STARFrink_Group_original.jpg" alt='STAR Frink' /><br> <em>Brenner Billy leads students and Choctaw Employee Dance Troupe members in the snake dance.</em><br></p> <h2>Choctaw Dance Troupe shows traditional dances to Choctaw youth</h2> <p><em>by Brandon Frye</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation</em><br></p> <p><strong>Durant, Okla.</strong> - The Choctaw Nation employee dance troupe introduced students from Frink Chambers and Krebs public schools to the Choctaw culture through interactive traditional dancing on Nov. 17.<br></p> <p>The cooperation of Jason Campbell, Director of the Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) Program, and the schools made it possible to teach the Choctaw culture during Native American Heritage Month. The schools expressed interest in seeing traditional dances, and since Campbell is a member of the Choctaw Employee Dance Troupe, he organized the series of visits.<br><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2517/STARFrink_MayaAndHayden_original.jpg" align="right" width="250" alt='STAR Frink Students' /><br></p> <p>“In the STAR program we work a lot with the public schools,” Campbell said. “Recently we were delivering gift cards to reward student’s grades and attendance, and while we were there, we taught them a couple of social dances. And they just loved that. That’s when the schools asked if the entire dance troupe could come back and dance.”<br></p> <p>Students in grades ranging from preschool to middle school, watched and participated in the Four Step War Dance, Raccoon Dance, Stealing Partners Dance, and Snake Dance.<br></p> <p>“I think the students need to see some of the culture, because some of these students have never experienced it,” Lagina Carano, Federal Programs Director at Frink Chambers, said.<br></p> <p>Campbell said the STAR Program and the tribe’s initiative to share our culture would not be possible without the support of Chief Batton, Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr., and the Tribal Council.<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, 21 Nov 2014 19:26:22 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/star-program-spreads-choctaw-culture-to-local-schools/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/star-program-spreads-choctaw-culture-to-local-schools/ Choctaw Member makes the Big Leagues <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2508/1113LaneAdamsWithChief_original.jpg" alt='Lane Adams' /><br> <em>Lane Adams, Kansas City Royals slugger (right) presents a signed bat to Chief Gary Batton with Lane’s brother Chance Adams, Director of the Choctaw Wellness Center in Durant on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.</em><br></p> <h3>Lane Adams has gone where only a few Choctaw athletes have gone before: The Major Leagues.<br></h3> <p><em>By Zach Maxwell</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation</em><br></p> <p><strong>Durant,Okla.</strong> - Adams, a Red Oak native who turns 25 in November, made his Major League Baseball debut on Sept. 1 with the Kansas City Royals. He saw action in six games before the Royals went on to the playoffs and an American League championship.<br></p> <p>The 6-4 outfielder is on the 40-man roster for the Royals and will report to the team for spring training in February in Arizona. In the meantime, he is participating in a weight training regimen orchestrated by his brother Chance Adams at the Choctaw Wellness Center in Durant.<br></p> <p>“My first time on the field was as a pinch runner,” Adams said. “The family was able to come up and the crowd was electric. You just stand back, take a breath and enjoy the moment.”<br></p> <p>Adams became the first Choctaw in recent memory to score a Major League run on Sept. 20 when he was pinch runner for Salvador Perez. Adams took second base on a wild pitch and scored when Eric Hosmer hit a single.<br></p> <p>Chief Gary Batton called Adams when the playoffs started to wish him good luck. “It’s good having a guy like that in your corner,” said Adams. He also credits brother Chance and their mother Shelley Free for encouraging him to pursue his goals.<br></p> <p>Adams said his mother gave him an ultimatum during his sophomore year, one that shaped the destiny of this young man. He says he wanted to quit baseball at that time and told his mother as much on the way home from a tournament.<br></p> <p>Adams said she pulled up to a stop sign – one direction went home to Red Oak and baseball; the other to Wilburton and summer jobs. He chose Red Oak.<br></p> <p>“She wouldn’t let me quit anything,” he said. “She’s a big influence.”<br></p> <p>Brother Chance Adams enjoys helping Lane go through a work out regimen during the off season at the Wellness Center in Durant. He says tribal members are fortunate to have such facilities staffed by people with high expertise in work out regimens.<br></p> <p>“Seeing all of his hard work come to fruition is rewarding for me,” said Chance, director of Choctaw Wellness Center. “I’m able to do something I enjoy and have an impact on his career as an athlete.”<br></p> <p>Lane also excelled at basketball while at Red Oak, earning a scholarship to Missouri State University before being drafted by the Royals. He finished as the fifth-leading scorer in Oklahoma prep basketball history with 3,251 points and led Red Oak to the Class B championship in 2009. Lane maintains his connection with the Choctaw Nation through a variety of ways, including his off-season work outs at the Wellness Center. This connection has been present throughout his life, Lane said, starting when the late Randle Durant helped finance his team’s summer league play.<br></p> <p>“They provide opportunities a lot of people don’t get,” he said. “They have helped me and my family forever. I’m proud to be Choctaw and glad I can put some positive spotlight on the tribe.”<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> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:39:43 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-member-makes-the-big-leagues/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-member-makes-the-big-leagues/ Dalton Wood carries the Choctaw spirit to the Sooners <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2507/DWoodField_original.jpg" alt='Dalton Wood' /><br> <em>Choctaw Nation member Dalton Wood and Coach Bryan Pratt (far right) of the McAlester Buffaloes recently met with Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. at the football stadium in McAlester.</em></p> <h3>Wood commits to OU to play football</h3> <p><em>By Zach Maxwell</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation</em><bt></p> <p><strong>McAlester, Okla.</strong> - Dalton Wood has the heart of a Choctaw warrior, with the scars to prove it.<br> Wood is a senior at McAlester High School, where he has helped the Buffaloes football team to a 9-1 record as the team’s quarterback.<br> His long and determined road to football success has guided him through injuries— including heart surgery—and now a potential career as a tight end at the University of Oklahoma.<br> Wood recently committed to the Sooners. OU, Oklahoma State University, Clemson, and Arizona State all recruited him, thanks to his talent on the field and an aggressive campaign by his coach, Bryan Pratt.<br> And a recent meeting with Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. was more like a family reunion than a formal meet-and-greet.<br> Batton graduated in the same class as Wood’s mother, Khris, at Clayton High School. The Woods moved to McAlester when Dalton was in second grade. “One of the biggest things to be thankful for is family, but also being Choctaw,” Wood said.<br> Batton applauded Wood for being a scholar-athlete, expressing pride that so many Choctaws are excelling in the classroom and on the field.<br> “I don’t know if he realizes it, but he is setting a great example for Choctaw kids,” Batton said. “It’s awesome.”<br> At 6-foot-4, Wood has the build and the skills that attracted the attention of Coach Cale Gundy at OU. But his first three years at McAlester were tests of adversity and determination.<br> He collapsed during a game in his sophomore year, revealing an issue with his heart that required surgery. He was back on the field before the end of the season.<br> Then, in his junior year, he broke an ankle. But this season has been a breakout year for Wood.<br> “He has a competitive spirit and likes to win, it’s in his blood,” said Pratt. “There’s a drive in him that a lot of kids don’t have.”<br> That drive has Wood on the verge of something Choctaws and OU fans will love: A Choctaw on the Sooners’ roster.<br> “It pushes me to do my best,” he said. “For most (high school) players, this will be the last time they play football. But I’m lucky and I get to keep playing, so I want to do my best for my teammates.”<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> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:24:28 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/dalton-wood-carries-the-choctaw-spirit-to-the-sooners/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/dalton-wood-carries-the-choctaw-spirit-to-the-sooners/ Outstanding Choctaw Elders Honored <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2506/Out_Elders_1_original.jpg" alt='Outstanding Elders' /><br> <em>Choctaw Nation Outstanding Elders of 2014, Ronnie Scott and Rosa Gilmore pictured with Chief Gary Batton, their Councilmen, Anthony Dillard and Ted Dosh, and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr.</em><br></p> <h3>Outstanding Choctaw Elders Honored</h3> <p><em>By ZACH MAXWELL</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation</em><br></p> <p>Ronnie Scott and Rosa Gilmore - the Choctaw Nation Outstanding Elders for 2014 - understand that passing on their wisdom is crucial for upcoming generations.<br> “Just think positive in your thoughts,” said Gilmore, who si from Durant. “Younger people should think about the handicapped and sick people. Think about how the world is.<br> “And they should stay in school.”<br> Gilmore and Scott were the top honorees at a banquet for Outstanding Choctaw Elders held in Durant on Oct. 14. This is the 15th year of the Outstanding Elders program organized by the Senior Nutrition Program.<br> “The main thing is to trust in yourself and reach for for goals no matter what obstacles get in your way,” Scott, who is from Atoka, said. “Have faith, be good to others and teach others what your parents and grandparents taught you.<br> One of the first honorees from 2000, Rev. Bertram Bobb, offered the opening and closing prayers as Tribal Chaplain.<br> Both Chief Gary Batton and Council Speaker Delton Cox praised the elders for setting a high example for new generations.<br> “The path you have set for us in the Choctaw Nation, we want to continue that,” Batton said. “I appreciate all the examples you have set for us.”<br> “You’re the ones who started what we have today,” Cox said.<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> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:58:42 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/outstanding-choctaw-elders-honored/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/outstanding-choctaw-elders-honored/ Choctaw Nation breaks ground on Poteau clinic expansion <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2503/1107PoteauClinicGroundbreakSM1_original.jpg" alt='Poteau Clinic Groundbreaking' /><br> <em>Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. joined several Choctaw Nation employees and local dignitaries on Friday, Nov. 7 for a ground-breaking ceremony at the Rubin White Clinic in Poteau. The 21,000-square-foot expansion will greatly enhance health care and wellness for Choctaw Nation citizens and employees in the northeastern area.</em><br></p> <h3>Rubin White Clinic will add 21,000 square feet to serve northeastern districts</h3> <p><em>By ZACH MAXWELL</em><br> <em>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</em><br></p> <p><strong>DURANT, Okla.</strong> – Choctaw Nation broke ground on a 21,000-square-foot expansion of the Rubin White Clinic located at 109 Kerr Avenue in Poteau earlier this month.<br></p> <p>Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. were joined by numerous tribal councilmen, employees and Poteau area dignitaries for the ceremony under clear blue skies.<br></p> <p>“I’m excited about the opportunity to provide more services to our tribal members and employees,” Batton said. “This used to be our flagship of clinics, so this is a huge win. Access to health care is always an issue and a lot of people don’t realize this will also add more providers.”<br><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/choctaw-msldigital/assets/2502/RWHC_Expansion_original.jpg" align="right" width="250" alt='Poteau Expansion Rendering ' /></p> <p>Once the expansion is complete, an additional 20 to 25 employees – including health care providers – will be needed to staff the new facility.<br></p> <p>“This gives us an opportunity to provide services which we have never been able to provide before,” said Brian Wren, director of the Poteau clinic. “This constitutes a true expansion, so it’s an exciting time.”<br></p> <p>New or enhanced services will include pediatrics, podiatry, behavioral health, optometry, physical therapy and employee health. A wellness center is part of the overall expansion and will include exercise facilities and a basketball court.<br> Minor renovations will be made to the existing mammography clinic and lab services area.<br> </p> <p>The expansion should be complete in 2015.<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> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:48:49 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-breaks-ground-on-poteau-clinic-expansion/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/choctaw-nation-breaks-ground-on-poteau-clinic-expansion/ Foster Care Christmas Fund <p>Halito,<br></p> <p>Gift Cards Mean Freedom for Kids in Foster Care! Freedom isn’t an idea often associated with gift cards. But for kids in foster care, a gift card during the holidays can mean freedom, choice, opportunity and something new.<br></p> <p>The Choctaw Nation Children and Family Services is asking for your help in assuring a Merry Christmas for our Choctaw children in foster care. We are asking anyone interested in donating to the Foster Care Christmas fund to please do so by purchasing a $20 Walmart Gift Card.<br> Please take the donation to your local Children and Family Services office in Durant, Atoka, Hugo, McAlester, Broken Bow, Idabel, Poteau, and Talihina. Or mail them to Choctaw Nation Children and Family Services: Adoptions and Foster Care, PO Box 1210, Durant, OK 74702. </p> <p>Yakoke!<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> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:51:40 GMT http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/foster-care-christmas-fund/ http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/foster-care-christmas-fund/