November 2021


Native American Heritage Month

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Shelley Dennis

Dennis selected as staff writer for The Conners

Choctaw tribal member and Clayton, Oklahoma native Shelley Dennis has been selected as a staff writer for season four of ABC's sitcom series, "The Conners."

Two Choctaws selected for scholarships in Ireland

For the first time, two young tribal members have been awarded the prestigious Choctaw-Ireland Scholarship, which includes tuition and expenses paid by the Republic of Ireland.

Tony Burris Memorial

Tony Burris remembered as Korean War hero

Tony Kenneth Burris, a young Choctaw man of 21, voluntarily enlisted into the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Korean War in July 1950 without telling anyone he was going to do so.

Ian Burson

Burson flies high coaching Irish Olympic athletes

Ian Burson is not your typical 25-year-old, as he has already had a lifetime of incredible experiences and is in the process of planning for his next adventures.

District 9 singers

Celebrating inaugural Choctaw Flag Day

The Choctaw Nation celebrated the inaugural Choctaw Flag Day Oct. 16.

Indigenous People's Day

City of Durant proclaims October 11 as Indigenous People’s Day

The Durant Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution on September 15, proclaiming October 11 as Indigenous People's Day in the city of Durant.

Drum Walk

Tribal members hold special walk to honor Choctaw people affected by COVID-19

The Choctaw culture of tradition and honor was on full display. Choctaw drummers, princesses, friends and family gathered to walk from the newly opened Choctaw Cultural Center gates to the stickball fields about half a mile away.

Justin Lee Fox

Fox and the Red Hares finding their rhythm after pandemic

Fox and the Red Hares are an American rock band from Riverside, California. Justin Lee Fox is a proud Choctaw tribal member.

Bill Parker

Choctaw veteran honored for WWII service

Bill Parker, 96, didn't start to talk much about his World War II days until just a few short years ago when he decided to call a Tulsa newspaper to tell his story.

Stormi Rain Arnold

Sixteen-year-old college student and ballerina excelling in New York City

Sixteen-year-old Stormi Rain Arnold, a Native American ballerina and college student, has overcome many obstacles in her personal life and has become a role model for others. She has not let her struggles with partial deafness, impaired vision or difficulties with speech slow down her dream.

Mitch McCoy

Rewards found on Pacific Crest Trail trek

A 2,653-mile trip from Mexico to Canada through desert terrain, the snow-filled High Sierra and Cascade Mountains of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington may seem like a good road trip. For Mitch McCoy, though, it was a long walk.

Red Oak Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Red Oak Library/Reading Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Chief, Assistant Chief, and several Tribal Council members took part in the Ribbon Cutting for the new library/reading center in Red Oak, Oklahoma.

Stringtown Gazebo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Stringtown Gazebo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In 2019, the Choctaw Nation and the Choctaw Development Fund awarded the city of Stringtown construct a gazebo that will be utilized for community events, cultural activities, and programs to enrich and promote Native American Heritage.

Dan Trujillo

Dan Trujillo stronger than life’s obstacles

Dan Trujillo's life is marked by overcoming challenges. He was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a deadly form of blood and bone marrow cancer, when he was only three years old. Dan is now 39 years old, and cancer was just the beginning of his life's challenges.

Choctaw Nation program helps treat diabetes and prediabetes

November is Diabetes Prevention Month, a time when communities come together to increase awareness of diabetes and prediabetes.


CNHSA earns Gold Seal of Approval

The Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Dr. Lourrinda Renée

Dr. Lourrinda Renée continues to serve others

Dr. Lourrinda Renée has been working to keep people safe for over 20 years. Whether that was working in emergency management in the oil and gas industry, writing about safety in agricultural restoration or as a law enforcement officer, she has taken the safety of others to heart.

Choctaw Cultural Center Luski

Take a trip this fall and visit the Choctaw Cultural Center

Fall is the perfect time for a road trip, and Choctaw Country is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled weekend getaway.

Leadership Speaks

Councilwoman Jennifer Woods and the Wilburton Community Center staff

District 6, November 2021

Halito, from District 6. We have been busy getting ready for the re-opening of the in-dining of the community center, which will resume in-house eating on November 3.

The Church Member

In the Book of Numbers, we find God taking the initiative concerning His plans and purposes for His people. God is a God of order and discipline, so He is organizing His people.

Honoring Those that Serve

It's November, and we're closing in on the end of 2021. Veteran's Day is Thursday, November 11, and it's a time for us to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.