Councilman Jess Henry speaks about the new Dale Cox Community Center coming to Poteau.Photo Provided

Councilman Jess Henry speaks about the new Dale Cox Community Center coming to Poteau.

District 4, April 2024

By Tribal Councilmember Jess Henry
April 5, 2024

Spring has arrived! I think we are all welcoming the warmer weather and sunshine.

At the January Tribal Council Meeting, we honored William “Bill” Logan, a WWII veteran, as the Veteran of the Month, honoring his Excellent Character of Service, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, and Honorary Service Button. We are grateful to his generation for making the sacrifices and paving the way for us.

We also honored Marie Jackson. She was recognized as the first language speaker, a testament to our community’s rich culture. Congratulations to these two outstanding Choctaw citizens.

The LeFlore County Premium Sale on March 1 showcased the dedication of over 40 participants from District 4, demonstrating their hard work with a variety of animals. Special thanks to parents and ag teachers for investing in our youth.

Recently, I had the joy of participating in the Read Across America event at the Poteau Child Development Center. The children were full of energy and excitement. Yakoke to the center’s staff for their dedication to nurturing our children.

Excitingly, language classes have begun at the Dale Cox Community Center in Poteau, offering an opportunity to connect with our cultural roots. Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, May 7, are the next classes. The potluck begins at 5:00 p.m., and class begins at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Both Poteau and Spiro seniors have been on the road. They traveled to Choctaw Landing in Hochatown and Red Earth in Oklahoma City. I encourage all seniors to join either Poteau or Spiro community centers for lunch on Wednesdays.

In a groundbreaking announcement, the construction team and architects revealed plans for a new community center during the senior lunch. Construction is set to begin later this year, with completion expected by the end of 2025. A great addition to our Choctaw community!

As the school year begins to wind down, let us extend many thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff of District 4 for their commitment to educating, nurturing, and guiding our young people. Your efforts in shaping the future leaders of tomorrow do not go unnoticed.

To the entire community of District 4, I am honored to serve you, and if I can be of assistance to you or your family, please reach out. “Together, we’re more,” let’s continue to support and uplift each other.