Preservation is a multi-level effort that involves physically protecting Choctaw historic sites, repatriating and reburying Choctaw ancestors and sacred objects that have been removed from the ground, conducting research on Choctaw history and traditional life and providing a variety of opportunities related to Choctaw history and culture for our tribal members and the general public.
Cemetery Restoration Program
Provides the services of locating, preserving, and protecting abandoned and historic Choctaw cemeteries within the Choctaw Nation service area.Learn more
Offers a number of educational opportunities in traditional Choctaw arts with historically accurate methods and materials. Workshop style classes in arts such as pottery, flintknapping, making moccasins, traditional food preparation and more are offered as a way to revitalize the knowledge of our ancestors.Learn more
Conducts archaeological surveys and limited excavations to ensure that Choctaw Nation construction projects do not damage the archaeological sites left by our ancestors or by the ancestors of other groups who have lived here. Sites ranging from Native American camp sites dating back 10,000 years to 1950s homesteads have been surveyed and recorded. This department also responds to reports of vandalism and grave desecration. For more information or to report any of these things, call 580-642-8619.
Growing Hope Program
Revitalizing our traditional crops and sharing related knowledge, the program helps make it possible to revive traditional Choctaw foods. These foods are an important part of Choctaw heritage. Both tasty and healthy, they allow us to use our own culture to help us live healthier lives today.Learn more