December 2022 Biskinik

December 2022


Weylin and Sharon Thompson set up the drum for the drum circle recovery group

Drum circle recovery group gives culture-based option for everyone

Addiction and substance abuse are significant issues in the Native American community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of drug overdose deaths among Native Americans is above the national average.

Jack Austin Sr.

Remembering former Councilmember Jack Austin Sr.

The Choctaw Nation mourns the loss of a great man and leader, former Councilmember Jack Austin Sr., who served on the Choctaw Nation Tribal Council for 20 fiscal years.

2022 Choctaw Powwow

2022 Choctaw Day and Powwow Photo Gallery

The 2022 Choctaw Powwow was held on the first weekend of November, kicking off Native American Heritage Month. Dancers from across the nation gathered to compete in this year's powwow. This year's grand prize was the largest in the event's history, almost $177,000.

Lacrosse Clinic

USA Lacrosse offers free ‘Pick Up and Play’ stickball and lacrosse clinic to local youth

Pick Up and Play, a youth lacrosse and stickball clinic, was held on November 10 at the Choctaw Cultural Center in Durant. As a part of National Celebrate Lacrosse Week, USA Lacrosse offered the free experience at locations throughout the country.

Tribal Membership ID cards expiring soon

Tribal Membership ID cards will begin expiring in Jan. 2023. The expiration date on tribal membership cards are for ID purposes only.

Broken Bow Wellness Center

Broken Bow Wellness Center is number one in member satisfaction for the second year in a row

The Choctaw Nation is excited to announce for the second year in a row, the Broken Bow Wellness Center has come out on top as the highest performing location in overall satisfaction with a score of 98.7.

Code talker monument

Code talker monument dedicated in Broken Bow

The Choctaw Code Talkers Association dedicated a six-foot black granite monument that tells the story of the Choctaw Code Talkers on November 8, 2022.

Foster Care and Adoption highlighted at CNO Powwow

The powwow held a special honor song for Native Americans who were part of the foster care or adoption systems.

Choctaw tribal member Bill Parker

“Cowboy” Bill Parker Awarded France’s Highest Honor

On October 20, Choctaw tribal member Bill Parker received France's highest award, the French Legion of Honor Medal. The ceremony took place at the Military History Museum in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Choctaw Nation Color Guard at the Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony honors those that served

On Nov. 11, the Choctaw Nation honored the men and women who are serving or have served our country.

EF4 tornado damage

CNO lends a helping hand after EF4 tornado hits Reservation land

The National Weather Service (NWS) has officially determined that the tornado that hit Idabel on Nov. 4 was an EF4. Preliminary damage reports indicated the deadly storms that moved through parts of Northeast Texas produced an EF4 tornado with 170 mph winds in Red River County, Texas, before crossing into McCurtain County, where it ultimately hit the town of Idabel.

Sundrop Books David and Taylor (Walker) Batton

Sundrop Books is becoming a ray of sunshine to local readers

David and Taylor (Walker) Batton are the proud owners of a new business in Durant. Sundrop Books, a long-time dream of the couple, opened its doors July 23 to a large grand opening crowd and had its Chahtapreneur ribbon-cutting July 28.

Leadership Speaks

Lending a helping hand

I love this time of year because the true spirit of giving is in the air.

Christmastime traditions

My family and I are looking forward to celebrating the Christmas holiday and the birth of our Lord and Savior. Spending time with family and friends and participating in the traditions we enjoy is much anticipated.

District 11, December 2022

Season greetings from District 11! I love this time of the year.

District 10, December 2022

Chim Achukma from District 10. I hope all is well with you and your families and everyone is ready to enjoy the Holiday season.

The untold Christmas story

The Christmas story is about the birth of Christ Jesus. Mary is the key person in this story. However, there is another key person in this story who has been overlooked. That person is Joseph.