District 4, July 2023
By Tribal Councilmember Jess Henry
July 5, 2023
Halito, Greetings to all. As summer unfolds, it’s a joyous time to share some remarkable events that have taken place in District 4. Let’s dive into the recent happenings and celebrations.
In April, we had the privilege of honoring Sam Moore from Poteau, who received recognition for his 25 years of service in the Choctaw Color Guard. As Councilman for District 4, I had the honor of presenting Mr. Moore with a well-deserved plaque. We extend our heartfelt yakoke to Mr. Moore for his outstanding commitment.
Moving into May, we held a special gathering in Durant to show our appreciation for our seniors during Elder Appreciation Day. It was a memorable occasion to honor their wisdom and contributions to the Choctaw Nation.
Additionally, we celebrated a momentous occasion in Spiro with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for ten new Affordable Rental Homes. Ten deserving families received the keys to their new homes, marking a significant milestone in their lives. Following the ceremony, lunch was served, fostering a sense of community and togetherness.
Our seniors continue to enjoy enriching experiences. Spiro seniors embarked on a delightful trip to Muskogee, where they enjoyed a scrumptious meal at the Amish Restaurant. Meanwhile, Poteau seniors visited the First American Museum in Oklahoma City, immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of our ancestors.
For those craving a delicious meal, Poteau seniors organize an Indian taco sale on the first Friday of each month. From 11:00 a.m. until sold out, you can enjoy an Indian taco for just $7. Don’t miss out on this tasty opportunity.
As we observed Memorial Day, we solemnly gathered at Tvshka Homma to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. The ceremony served as a poignant reminder of the bravery and dedication exhibited by these individuals.
Moreover, we witnessed a display of talent and grace at the Princess Pageant held at the Dale Cox Community Center in Poteau. Congratulations to our District 4 winners, Little Miss Tenley Reece, daughter of Brandon and Patti Reece, and Junior Miss Micah Davidson, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Davidson. We wish them a fulfilling reign for the 2023/2024 term.
The Summer Food Service Program, grab-and-go meals, is available to all children ages 1-17 at the Dale Cox Community Center in Poteau. Meals can be picked up from May 23, 2023, through August 8, 2023, on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Finally, in June, we commemorated the fifth anniversary of Chahta Achukmaka (Choctaw Wellness), a dedicated gym facility where Choctaws can exercise and prioritize their health. This milestone reminds us of the importance of physical fitness and well-being within our community.
As we continue to progress through the summer, let us embrace these wonderful events and celebrate the spirit of unity and resilience that defines our district. Together, we can build a brighter future for Choctaw Nation District 4.