Tribal Burial Program

See Details on FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program

The Choctaw Nation has two options available for burial assistance:

Tribal Burial Assistance Program or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Burial Assistance Program

Once the burial application is received, Choctaw Nation staff will determine if the applicant falls within the strict eligibility guidelines for either program and will correspond with the funeral home to determine which program is better suited for the Tribal member.

Once an application has been approved, the Burial Program will pay the specific portion awarded directly to the funeral home. Our staff will work with the funeral home in order to obtain all required documentation for expenses to help lessen the burden on your family during this difficult time.

Tribal Burial Program

The Tribal Burial Program provides assistance to families of deceased Choctaw Tribal members who live within the United States. This program is intended to alleviate the financial hardship and burden associated with funeral and cremation costs for families with little or no resources. All applicants must meet the guideline requirements below in order to be eligible for funeral services.

Tribal Guidelines

  • Applicants must notify our office at time of death
  • Applications must be received in our office within 30 days of passing
  • Choctaw Tribal membership & CDIB card (will be verified through our Membership office) for the actual deceased
  • Valid Social Security Card for deceased
  • Please provide one final invoice. Payments are issued directly to the funeral home, no reimbursements are allowed. If an invoice is paid in full, program eligibility is voided.
  • Certified Copy of Death Certificate

Application (PDF)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Burial Assistance Program

The Choctaw Nation is authorized to use the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Burial Assistance funding when applicable. This program is intended for families who have no resources available to them. Funeral homes are obligated to accept these funds as payment in full for service rendered. Services are limited and can’t be altered in any way. The BIA program follows strict guidelines listed below:

  • Must reside within the Choctaw service area.
  • Must be a member of any federally recognized tribe, verified by a tribal membership card & valid CDIB card.
  • The deceased may not have resources (life insurance, veteran’s benefits, cash, savings accounts, etc.)
  • Residential verification that the deceased has lived within the Choctaw Nation service area for six months prior to date of death. Must supply a utility bill or mail with physical location listed address as proof of residency.
  • Proof of income for the deceased. Verification documents include, but are not limited to: pay stubs, bank statement, copies of benefit checks, savings accounts, or award letter.
  • Certified Copy of Death Certificate
In your time of need

Nobody is ever ready to lose a loved one nor are they prepared for their own passing, but death is inevitable. Being prepared can help reduce the stress & discomfort that your loved ones will endure during this difficult time.

Important steps to take:
  • Contact funeral home to know what your options are.
  • Take care of funeral arrangements in advance if possible.
  • Have a list of whom to notify.
Documents that may be needed:
  • Health records
  • Insurance policies
  • Living Will
  • Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Record
  • Military Papers DD214
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Social Security Card, etc.
Questions & Considerations
  • What kind of service do you want?
  • What can you afford & what is realistic?
  • What will help the family the most?
  • Have you or the family member been
  • Receiving Social Security?
  • Do you have a living Will?

Choctaw Hymns (provided by our language department)

Tribal Burial Program
1802 Chukka Hinna, Durant, OK 74702
800-522-6170 | Fax 580-920-3133

Clinton Rogers – Director
[email protected]

Ronda Norman – Coordinator/Manager
[email protected]