November 2022 Biskinik

November 2022


Chief Gary Batton and the new Southeastern Oklahoma State University basketball jerseys

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Southeastern Oklahoma State University team up

Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) recently invited Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO), to the university to unveil their new basketball jerseys.

Chalk the Walk contest

CNHSA Behavioral Health holds Chalk the Walk Competition

During the initial outbreak of COVID, Choctaw Nation Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention grants had to devise ways to provide outreach education messages without face-to-face contact and interaction. That is how Chalk the Walk came about, and it has become an annual event at the Choctaw Nation Health Services clinics and hospital.

Indigenous fashion show

Choctaw Nation hosts all Indigenous fashion show during the October Inter-Tribal Meeting

The fashion show featured pieces from two Oklahoma-based designers, Jessica Moore Harjo, Ph.D., with Weomepe Designs and Isabella Aiukli Cornell with Aiukli Designs. There were about 30 models between both designers.

Dr. Clara Sue Kidwell

Kidwell earns lifetime achievement award

On September 10, 2022, the American Society for Ethnohistory awarded Clara Sue Kidwell, Ph.D., a Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual meeting in Lawrence, Kansas.

Wright City Wellness Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

CNO breaks ground on new Wellness Center

The Choctaw Nation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Wellness Center in Wright City, Okla. The 10,000-square-foot facility will include cardio equipment, free weights, a half-court basketball gym and a multipurpose classroom. A walking track will be outside the facility.

A.S. Dillingham

Historian receives prestigious award for first book

A.S. Dillingham has been awarded the American Society for Ethnohistory's best book prize for 2022 for his book, Oaxaca Resurgent: Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Mexico.

Chief Greenwood Leflore's pipe

A Long road home: NAGPRA efforts facilitate return of cultural objects to Choctaw Nation

For centuries, the graves of Indigenous people have been subjected to questionable collection methods, looting and other disruptive practices. Thankfully, however, the tide seems to be turning away from the colonialist attitudes of the past toward a future where tribes and federally-funded institutions work together to return tribal ancestors and their belongings to their rightful owners.

Shelby Stovall

Stovall passionately serves her community

Stovall has always had a passion for serving others and her community. She attributes her success and love for community service to Choctaw Nation's Youth Advisory Board. However, her devotion to community service is not the only thing that sets her apart from her peers.

Bridgette Hoshont'omba

Hoshont’omba shows her culture on the runway

Twenty-six-year-old Bridgette Hoshont'omba is making a name for herself in design and modeling.

Emma Victery

National FFA Organization names Eastern’s Victery American Star finalist

Eastern Oklahoma State College sophomore Emma Victery was recently named one of four National FFA American Star finalists in the area of agricultural placement.

CNHSA Behavioral Health Photo Contest Winners

CNHSA held its first-ever photography contest this year with a mission to share a message of hope and enlighten the public about the reality that recovery is possible.

Andrew Wroblewski

Wroblewski named Bureau of Diplomatic Security deputy assistant secretary and assistant director of diplomatic security service domestic operations

Andrew Wroblewski is responsible for all DSS protective operations, counterintelligence, criminal investigations, domestic facility protection, and operations at all DSS Field and Resident Offices throughout the United States.

Diabetes Awareness Month

CNHSA strives to help those with diabetes and prediabetes

Every year, the American Diabetes Association uses the month of November to bring awareness to diabetes and its effect on our lives.

Wesley Smith

Smith breaks three world records in the sport of powerlifting

Wesley Smith, a 52-year-old Howe, Texas resident and Choctaw tribal member, recently broke three world records in powerlifting.

Dylan Cavin

Cavin’s artwork on display at Oklahoma Capitol

Dylan Cavin is an accomplished Choctaw artist who's artwork is currently on display at the Oklahoma Capitol Building. He said that his heritage holds a special place in his heart.

Kelbie Kennedy

Choctaw tribal member Kelbie Kennedy sworn in as first-ever National Tribal Affairs Advocate

Kelbie Kennedy was sworn in on October 11 and was formally announced as the first tribal political appointee in FEMA history on October 12. Kennedy was sworn in on a Choctaw bible, with her mother, Brenda Strange, proudly looking on.

Leadership Speaks

Celebrating Veterans Day

It's November, which means that we will have the privilege of honoring our Choctaw veterans and those who have served in our United States Armed Forces!

The Shepherd

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." (Psalm 23:1) This is a popular psalm of comfort and security to many. To fully understand the message of the song, it is essential to know the shepherd personally. And to know the setting of the song adds to the fulfillment of the symbolic message of the writer.

Raising Arrows Day Care Center

District 6, November 2022

It's finally fall, and we are enjoying the cooler evenings and mornings and are looking forward to embracing all the upcoming holidays and events of the season.