Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Updates Response to Coronavirus

Labor Day Celebration Canceled; New Protocols Implemented


Durant, Okla. (August 9, 2021) – Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant and in awareness of public health, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has announced the cancelation of large gatherings and events, including the 2021 Labor Day Festival, due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the area.

"Our top priority is the health and safety of our tribal members, associates and the communities we serve," said Chief Gary Batton. "We realize this is a huge disappointment to our tribal members and those who have celebrated with us."

COVID-19 safety protocols and precautions will be re-implemented at all Choctaw Nation facilities. Guests will be encouraged to wear masks at all Choctaw Nation facilities. Wednesday Senior Nutrition meals at all Choctaw Nation Community Centers will resume drive-through only service beginning Aug. 11.

Chief Batton's annual State of the Nation Address and the 2021 Official Ceremonies for swearing in newly elected tribal officials will be available virtually across CNO digital channels including Facebook, YouTube and website on Monday, Sept. 6. A virtual 2021 Princess Pageant will be announced at a later date.

Please follow the Choctaw Nation website at or social media outlets for a list of cancelations, safety protocols, additional information and COVID-related updates.


About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members and 10,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, "Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture," is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to