District 4, July 2024

By Tribal Councilmember Jess Henry
July 2, 2024

Halito! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Exciting things have been happening around District 4.

In April, we hosted the Princess Pageant, where we crowned the 2024-2025 District 4 Princesses. Congratulations to Little Miss Neveah Jimenez and Junior Miss Shelby Reece! Your dedication and grace will undoubtedly make District 4 proud. Best wishes for an amazing reign.

Another highlight this season is Jordyn Rivera from Cameron signing with Connors State College on an archery scholarship. Jordyn, the daughter of Andrea Raymond and Victor Rivera, is the first archery student from Cameron to achieve this milestone. We are thrilled to watch you excel in both archery and your college journey.

Infrastructure development also saw a significant achievement with the dedication of the new bridge 2.5 miles north of Wister on Kennedy Road. This project, featuring a pre-manufactured bridge system, is a first for Choctaw Nation’s partnership, showcasing innovation and progress. This will make a positive impact on our entire community.

In May, we celebrated Mr. Logan’s 99th birthday at the senior lunch in Poteau. The Poteau Seniors have been active, with the next First Friday Taco Sale scheduled for August 2 and a trip to Branson planned for this month.

Both Spiro and Poteau Seniors enjoyed veterans lunches and attended the 39th Elder Appreciation Day in Durant. Additionally, Spiro Seniors had a great time at a fundraising concert featuring 2 Country 4 Nashville.

I am excited to announce that four participants in the Job For The Day (JFTD) program have secured permanent employment. It’s exciting to see our tribal members obtaining positions through this initiative.

We also welcomed several new Chatapreneurs this quarter. We wish all of them the very best in their endeavors! Check out the Chatapreneur app for a list of these small businesses and let’s show them our support.

I hope you are all having a happy and safe summer! Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you.

Yakoke and God Bless You!