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Poteau seniors pose for a photo on their trip to the Ark and Creation Museum.

District 4, January 2024

By Tribal Councilmember Jess Henry
January 5, 2024


District 4 has been abuzz with activity over the past few months, with events that highlight the spirit and unity of the Choctaw community.

In a tribute to our elders, September saw the honor bestowed upon Outstanding Choctaw Elders in Durant. Poteau District 4 nominees William Logan, Jr. and Susan Tyler, along with Spiro nominees Ronnie Edwards and Lola Edwards, stood out for their commitment to community centers, where they are rich in culture and always one of the first to volunteer.

Several District 4 tribal members attend Thessalonian Baptist Church near Red Oak. They celebrated a milestone, the 125th-anniversary celebration. I was honored to attend the celebration so rich in faith and Choctaw heritage that binds the community together.

Ensuring a fun Halloween for the younger members, both Poteau and Spiro Community Centers hosted events, providing a secure space for our children to enjoy the festivities. There were lots of smiles and an abundance of candy.

The seniors of District 4 have been keeping the momentum alive. Poteau seniors embarked on a memorable trip to the Ark and Creation Museum in Kentucky, while Spiro seniors enjoyed the scenic beauty of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Both groups also participated in the pecan harvest at the Choctaw pecan orchard in Idabel and evening trips to enjoy dinner and the Christmas lights.

The Thanksgiving season brought a visit from Chief Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr., who attended Spiro’s senior Thanksgiving lunch. It is always a pleasure when they come and share the future of the Choctaw Nation. We enjoyed the food and fellowship with them.

Both Spiro and Poteau Centers hosted Christmas toy giveaways. Yakoke to Santa, dedicated staff, princesses, and volunteers for making it a success. We saw countless smiling faces!

Looking ahead, with the holidays behind us, let’s embrace the promise of a new year. As we step into 2024, District 4 anticipates a year filled with positivity, growth, and a continued spirit of community.

In closing, I extend warm wishes from my family to yours for a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Should you need assistance or wish to share your stories, feel free to reach out. Together, let’s make 2024 a remarkable time in District 4.