Choctaw Nation Tribal Police Investigator Dakota Grantham Choctaw Nation Photo

From left to right, Director of Police Jesse Petty, Investigator Alena Ashalintubbi, and Lieutenant Tony Krebbs stand with Investigator Dakota Grantham after he receives the Ryan's Award from the Pittsburg County Child Abuse Effort and Ryan's House Child Advocacy Center.

Choctaw Nation Investigator Awarded for his Work Addressing Child Abuse

Published May 15, 2023

DURANT, Okla. – Choctaw Nation Tribal Police Investigator Dakota Grantham was awarded the Ryan’s Award from the Pittsburg County Child Abuse Effort and Ryan’s House Child Advocacy Center.

Awarded to an outstanding child abuse professional of the year, Ryan’s House Executive Director Jesseka Whitman stated “she had never in her career worked with someone as hopeful and determined in every single element of their work” as Grantham.

While he states receiving this award “means everything to me”, Grantham feels the award represents the success of a team effort between the Choctaw Nation (CNO), PC-CARE, and Ryan’s House. “As an investigator working with children impacted by abuse, my entire goal is to provide an opportunity for a better future for these children.”

Kara Bacon, prosecuting attorney for the Choctaw Nation, feels this award represents Grantham as “a dedicated partner in CNO’s mission to safeguard children across the Choctaw Nation Reservation, and his unique commitment to at-risk children in Oklahoma is worthy of this high honor.”

Ryan’s Award is given in honor of Ryan Luke who died from child abuse after being released from DHS Child Abuse Protective Services. As a result, PC-CARE and Ryan’s House were established to provide victim support and advocacy for child abuse victims.

Bacon said the Choctaw Nation has a valued relationship with Ryan’s House and will continue to collaborate with the program. Grantham’s work is such an indicator, she stated. “Investigator Grantham’s selection from a statewide slate of nominees shows that our tribal officers are leading the way in the field of public safety and are being recognized for their cooperative law enforcement efforts with local, State, and Federal agencies and organizations.”

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 212,000 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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