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Memorial Service Honors Chief Pyle

On November 2, the Choctaw Nation held a public memorial service for Chief Greg Pyle, who passed away on October 26. The service, held at the Choctaw Nation Event Center in Durant, drew a large crowd, including chiefs and tribal leaders from other nations. Chief Pyle’s family and many close friends were also in attendance.

The service began with the Posting of the Colors by the Choctaw Nation Color Guard, followed by “The Lord’s Prayer” performed by the Choctaw Nation Princesses and Brad Joe. Layne Heitz then read Chief Pyle’s obituary for the crowd, and Logan Cates offered the opening prayer. An ensemble of 85 elders gathered on stage to perform Choctaw hymns 53 and 112. Many in the crowd sang along.

Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation gave the first of three eulogies. He spoke of his decades-long friendship with Chief Pyle and reflected on the many times they worked together to solve problems. Governor Anoatubby praised Chief Pyle’s efforts to support the rights of Native Americans and his family-first approach to governing...

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