Leonard Draper Photo Provided

Choctaw Veteran Leonard Draper was recently honored as the Veteran of the Month. Local VFW post 3469 and tribal members from District 6 were there to celebrate with him as he received the award.

District 6, May 2022

By Tribal Councilmember Jennifer Woods
May 1, 2022

Halito! We are excited to see the signs of spring all over District 6. Spring represents new life and new beginnings, and we are so excited to see all the new things that are happening in District 6. We have a lot of activities that are going on once again and we all couldn’t be happier.

The seniors of District 6 are once again getting to come to the Community Center for lunch on Wednesday and are all very excited to get to visit with their fellow seniors. We have our monthly Community Bingo and Potluck on the second Tuesday of the month, a monthly Prayer gathering and breakfast on the first Friday of the month, and the seniors are playing chair volleyball and getting to take trips to events as well as the casinos.

This week we had our Easter dinner and had a great time eating, fellowshipping, giving door prizes, hunting Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny even visited us. We are so excited to see our seniors happy and active once again.

We held our first quarterly check presentation for Latimer County for 2022 on March 23rd. The funds for this come through the Choctaw Nation Community Partnership Development Fund Program. We were able to donate $17,900 to the County and $14,200 to the City of Wilbur- ton, which helps with the upkeep and maintenance of roads and other infrastructures.

We were very proud to be named the Business of the Month by the Wilburton Main Street and Chamber of Commerce for the month of April. It was a great honor from our community.

I had the honor of awarding District 6 Choctaw Veteran Leonard Draper the Veteran of the Month award at our monthly Tribal Council Meeting in Tuskahoma. Leonard served in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Award for injuries he incurred while serving there. He had several members of the local VFW post 3469 and tribal members from District 6 who were there to celebrate with him as he received the award. Leonard is a beloved tribal member and is well known in our community and among the staff at the Community Center. Yakoke Leonard, for your service!

We are pleased to announce that we are adding two new Tribal Police Officers to the District 6 Police Force. Effective April 25th, Tribal Police Officers Trevor Vasquez and Zach Chavez joined the team. We are also pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremie Green to the position of Sargent. Thank you to all seven of our officers for protecting and serving our communities.

In February, we celebrated our ribbon cutting of 10 more new Independent Elder Homes and 10 more Affordable Rental homes. The families who were the recipients of the homes were excited to be able to move into their beautiful new energy-efficient brick homes. We are proud to be offering beautiful homes in a safe community setting.

Lastly, I would like to say Yakoke (Thank You) to all our staff and volunteers for their dedication to their work and our tribal members.

Your assistance in every event or lunch provided to our members makes all that we do a success. You are all greatly appreciated.