Mid-Year Check in
Published June 27, 2022
By Chief Gary Batton
Halito, time has truly flown by. We’re halfway through 2022 and the Choctaw Nation has accomplished quite a bit these past six months. Here are some of the highlights:
- Affordable Housing – One of responsibilities is to ensure our tribal members have safe and affordable housing. In January, we completed 10 affordable rental units in Coalgate and Wilburton, as well as 10 Lease to Purchase (LEAP) homes, bringing our total LEAP units to 120. Additionally, we opened 10 new independent elderly housing units in Wilburton;
- Hochatown – Tribal Council passed a bill to create a resort property, Choctaw Landing, at Hochatown. This new facility will house a 100-room hotel, a casino, a pool with cabanas, and an outdoor entertainment venue. There will also be a mercantile and Travel Plaza onsite. Choctaw Landing will create 400 jobs and will bring much needed revenue to the Hochatown area, allowing us to continue funding programs and services for our tribal members; and
- District Court Judge Appointment – The Choctaw Nation also appointed its first full-time District Court Judge Amy J. Pierce. Judge Pierce has experience in Native American Law, which is a great addition to the tribe as the Judicial Branch continues to increase their case load as a result of the McGirt v Oklahoma decision in the U.S. Supreme Court.
It’s an exciting time for the Choctaw Nation and I look forward to the opportunities that are before us.
Yakoke and God bless!