Swearing In Ceremony

Choctaw Nation Chief and Tribal Council Members Sworn in to New Term at Annual Labor Day Festival

State of the Nation Address Given Virtually

Published September 4, 2023

TVSHKA HOMMA, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma held another successful Labor Day festival where Chief Gary Batton was sworn in for his third consecutive term on Sept. 1 at the historical capitol grounds in Tvshka Homma.

The ceremonies also included the swearing-in of six tribal council members starting new terms of office on Sept. 1: District 1, Thomas Williston; District 2, Tony Ward; District 3, Eddie Bohanan; District 5, Ron Perry; District 8, Perry Thompson, and District 11, Robert Karr.

Chief Gary Batton delivered his State of the Nation Address virtually, highlighting tribal initiatives, economic impact, programs and services, and Choctaw success stories.

“The Choctaw Nation is a good friend and partner to the State of Oklahoma,” stated Chief Gary Batton. “Each year we impact the state’s economy by more than two billion dollars through compacts, which help create jobs, infrastructure projects and law enforcement services.”

The address capped the three-day-long festival attended by thousands of tribal members and visitors from Oklahoma and neighboring states celebrating faith, family and culture.

View Chief Gary Batton’s State of the Nation address (below) and learn more about tribal initiatives, programs and services.


2023 State of the Nation Address

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 225,000 tribal members and 12,000-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.


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