September 2022


National Healthy Aging Month

CNO honors elders through programs, services designed to promote healthy aging

Staying active later in life important to healthy aging.

Elder Chair Volleyball Regional Qualifier Tournament

Choctaw elders take part in chair volleyball tournament

The Choctaw Nation Wellness Center in Durant hosted the elder chair volleyball regional qualifier tournament on Thursday, July 28.

Choctaw-Ireland scholars

Choctaw-Ireland scholars visit CNO headquarters

The 2022 Choctaw Irish Scholarship recipients, Skylee Glass and Aurianna Joines-Palmer, will leave soon to pursue their masters degrees abroad.

Chief Gary Batton throws the first pitch

Chief Batton throws the first pitch

Chief Gary Batton had the honor of throwing the first pitch before the Texas Rangers vs. the Chicago White Sox game on August 5.

Developing early healthy habits for life long health

Instilling healthy habits in children can stop obesity before it starts.

Chief Gary Batton and James Grimsley

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in DC

Chief Gary Batton and CNO Executive Director of Advanced Technology Initiatives James Grimsley participated in the "White House Summit on Advanced Air Mobility" on August 3, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Quit Smoking Assistance

Nation, others offer assistance to help you quit smoking

The most common cause of death among American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) is heart disease, with cancer following a close second, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both causes of death can be partially attributed to commercial tobacco use.

Betty Thomas honored

CNO honors District 11 first language speaker Betty Thomas

District 11 first language speaker, Betty Thomas, was honored at the August 13 Choctaw Tribal Council meeting.

Tim Tingle

Spooky writing workshop at Choctaw Cultural Center

The Choctaw Cultural Center will offer a chance to learn tips and tricks on writing spooky stories from award-winning Choctaw author Tim Tingle this fall.

Burial Assistance

Planning ahead can make time of death less stressful for family members

Knowing what's involved and what needs to happen before death can take some stress away from family members so they can grieve and heal in a healthier way.

Prepare for your next adventure in Choctaw Country

Prepare for your next adventure in Choctaw Country

Consider the season you'll be visiting the area, the length of your trip and what activities you might want to do while you are there.

Leadership Speaks

Join us for Labor Day

September is here, and like everyone else, I am excited that we will be able to celebrate Labor Day in person with each other this year!


Webster defines brainwashing as "a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas." Every human being is brainwashed to some degree by one philosophy or another. If the right kind of "wash" is used, there is nothing wrong with brainwashing.

Council Member Anthony Dillard with July Veteran of the Month, Willard Harrison

District 10, September 2022

July Veteran of the Month and First Language Speaker of the Month, both from District 10.