Coalgate Sees Two Ribbon Cuttings in One Day

Photos by Deidre Elrod/ Choctaw Nation 

 Chief Gary Batton and Councilman James Frazier pause for a photo with the Roebuck family while handing them the keys to their new home.

COALGATE, Okla. – A rain filled day didn’t stop the Coalgate community from attending a joyous occasion Tuesday morning.  Tribal, city and county officials, as well as Coalgate citizens and tribal members, were in attendance for two separate Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies held, Tuesday, August 14. 

Choctaw Nation held the first ribbon cutting at the intersection of Highway 31 and Nixon Road.

The $8.1 million concrete construction of Nixon Road has benefitted 25 families that surround the rural road and countless commuters in the community. 

The project also included a new concrete entry for Nixon Cemetery and improvements on the intersection of Nixon Road and NS 3780 Road, where concrete curbing, rocks, concrete retaining walls and ducts now prevent flooding from ditch and hillside runoff flooding.

“Not only did we dedicate 5.1 miles of road but we’re looking at putting a business here and now have independent housing here also thanks to our Council,” said Chief Gary Batton while speaking of the growth in the Coalgate community. 

Following the Nixon Road ceremony was the opening of 10 new homes for the Choctaw Housing Authorities lease-purchase (LEAP) program.

The Roebuck family was one of six families eagerly waiting to begin moving into their new home.

Coalgate local Robert Roebuck and his wife Brianna lost their home to a fire in July, and for the past month have been staying in a local hotel while their children stayed with friends and family. 

While visiting with Chief Batton, the Roebuck family spoke about how excited they were to have all of their family together again under one roof.

“They get to be a family again,” said Chief Batton, “Faith, Family, Culture, this is what it’s all about.” 

Director of the LEAP program is Mandi Young, For additional information about LEAP, contact Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation in Hugo, 800-235-3087 or online


Chief Gary Batton and District 12 Councilman James Frazier are joined by Choctaw Nation members and Coal County Officials for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Nixon Road.