Elder Appreciation Day Choctaw Nation Photo

The Elder Appreciation Event hosted over 1,000 elders.

Over 1,000 Celebrated at Choctaw Nation’s Elder Appreciation Day

Published May 31, 2023

DURANT, Okla. – Choctaw Nation’s Annual Elder Appreciation Day was another successful event. Over 1,000 Choctaw Nation elders gathered at the Event Center in Durant, Okla. to celebrate their heritage, learn more about Choctaw Nation programs, and have a bit of fun.

The annual event provided transportation for the elders throughout the Choctaw Nation reservation. The elders use this event to socialize with friends, so the relaxed atmosphere provided activities and social time. The elders were entertained by traditional dancers during lunch that was provided by Roots Café in the Choctaw Nation Headquarters.

The event had a regalia parade with a winner for the most traditional regalia, name tag contest, and Choctaw Hymn singing contest. The Wellness Center’s Walk-a-Thon winners were recognized as well as the 2022 Outstanding Elders, Ricky Dearmore from Smithville, Okla. and Diane McGee of Atoka, Okla.

“Everyone had a great time,” says Jana Underwood, senior nutrition program manager. “It’s always a fun event for our elders that has grown each year.”


Elder Appreciation Day
Photo by Choctaw Nation Photo

A table of elders is ready for the event to start.

Elder Appreciation Day
Photo by Choctaw Nation Photo

Four friends ready to join the regalia parade and contest.

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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