District 2, April 2023

By Tribal Councilmember Tony Ward
April 3, 2023

Halito, Chim Achukma from District 2.

Spring is in the air! I hope you all enjoyed the winter we had. It has been a strange winter, with tornadoes, below-freezing temperatures and a whole lot of rain. We do not know what the spring weather may bring, so please pay close attention to the forecast, especially during severe weather. The Choctaw Nation has an Emergency Management hotline number that you can call if there is any damage or destruction to you or your home caused by the weather. That number is 844-709-6301.

On March 7, we broke ground on the upcoming Timber View Apartments in Broken Bow. This apartment complex will have 120 units of 1 to 2 bedrooms. Pre-leasing will be reserved for Tribal Members and Choctaw employees. We are continuing to build LEAP and Affordable Rentals homes west of Broken Bow. Those homes should be completed in the summer.

We also have a few other construction projects going on in District 2. Choctaw Landing in Hochatown is on a fast pace and looks to be completed in early 2024. It is an exciting time for our gaming and hospitality departments to be a part of the growing tourism in Hochatown. Choctaw Landing should produce around four hundred jobs and boost the economy in the area.

We are excited to expand the Ruby Choate Clinic in Broken Bow. This expansion will add additional exam rooms, labs and return our pharmacy. Patients would visit the clinic and then would have to drive to Idabel to receive their medications. After the expansion, they will be able to do all of it at one location.

On February 11, Gunner Pope was awarded the Eagle Scout award in a small ceremony held at the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow. Chief Gary Batton and I were honored to be in attendance to witness Mr. Pope receive his award. Mr. Pope completed all the requirements for an Eagle Scout at the age of fourteen. Congratulations Gunner!!

Do not forget to register for the summer camps and summer youth work. Those applications are available on the Chahta Achvffa portal, and you can do so now. The Lawn Service applications are available. The Easter Celebration is April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Again, these are some exciting times for District 2, and there are a few other projects happening to improve our services for you all. Be safe and may God bless you!