District 11, March 2023

By Tribal Councilmember Robert Karr
March 1, 2023

Halito Chim Achukma from District 11,

Spring is around the corner. It’s always beautiful and exciting to see leaves back on trees, green grass and warm weather! It’s also a blessing to work with Chief Batton, Assistant Chief Austin and the Tribal Council as we look for ways to better serve our “Okla Chahta” (Choctaw people) with more opportunities. I would like to share with you some of the news, events and success stories in District 11.

The groundbreaking for the new clinic expansion in McAlester is set for May 18. Not only will this 70-million-dollar project provide more healthcare services, but with the additional space and doctors, we will be able to see more patients.

Another new program I am happy to see is the medical alert program for 65 and older patients that are homebound. This program is something I have been working on to get implemented in the budget. It’s a much-needed service that will help provide some security to our elders who are at risk of falling and allow them to stay in their homes. Check with your clinic provider to see if you qualify and to obtain a prescription.

It was a privilege for Chief Batton and me to visit with McAlester High School football player Erick McCarty. Erick had a phenomenal career at MHS and received a scholarship to attend the University of Oklahoma next fall. We wish him the best and will be rooting for him at OU. Local junior county livestock shows were held in the last several weeks. I am so proud of the Choctaw Nation for all the support given to our students who participated. I was able to attend the Pittsburg, Garvin, and Okmulgee County shows. These kids work hard with their animals all year long and learn valuable life lessons.

Our district 11 seniors have lunch every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., with a bake sale and silent auction on the second and third Wednesdays of the month. It is open to any CDIB holder age 55 or older and their spouse. We invite you to come and enjoy the fellowship, activities, and food. The District 11 Princess pageant will be held April 13 at the Community Center.

It’s an honor to serve the great Choctaw Nation, its citizens and especially District 11! Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help you in any way regarding the Choctaw Nation.

Chihowa vt Achukma
Robert Karr, 580-579-2680