Choctaw Nation

Oklahoma News
6:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

US Agriculture Secretary Meets With Choctaw Tribe Leaders

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Oklahoma to meet with leaders of the Choctaw Nation.

Vilsack plans to tour the Choctaw Nation's Food Distribution Center in Durant on Thursday before speaking about the Agricultural Act of 2014 and Promise Zones Initiative that he says have helped to create economic growth in southern Oklahoma.

Last year, President Barack Obama designated the Choctaw Nation as the first tribal promise zone.

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Oklahoma News
6:48 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Tribes Holding Inter-Tribal Meeting In Tulsa

Gallery of the Five Civilized Tribes. The portraits were drawn or painted between 1775 and 1850.
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The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations.

Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.

The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.


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Oklahoma News
12:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Former Choctaw Nation Official To Testify In His Own Defence In Federal Case

Federal Court Case in Muskogee
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The former director of construction administration for the Choctaw Nation is expected to testify in his own defense on charges of theft, tax fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and bribery.

Jason Merida is on trial in federal court in Muskogee for allegedly telling contractors to make regular contributions to golf tournaments and trail rides hosted by former Chief Gregory Pyle's re-election campaign. He has pleaded not guilty.

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6:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

The Choctaw Nation Secures $10.7 Million Defense Contract

MTVR On Trailer
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The manufacturing segment of the Choctaw Nation has announced a $10.7 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense for 500 vehicles, modular trailers and water dispensing systems.

The equipment will support the U.S. Marine Corps. The vehicles— known as the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement or MTVR— are designed to work under extreme off-road conditions.

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Native American
1:07 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

State Of Oklahoma, Choctaws Sign Vehicle Tag Compact

Gov. Mary Fallin signs vehicle tag compact with the Choctaw Nation.
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Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has signed a vehicle tag compact with the Choctaw Nation that will establish how Oklahoma and the tribe will work together to issue Choctaw vehicle tags.

The compact was signed during last weekend's Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.

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Around the Nation
8:59 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

People line up at the FamilySource Center in Los Angeles, an organization in one of President Obama's five designated "Promise Zones" that aims to help fight poverty in the area.
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:02 am

Five areas across the country have been designated as "Promise Zones" by the federal government. These zones, announced by President Obama in January, are intended to tackle poverty by focusing on individual urban neighborhoods and rural areas.

In the five Promise Zones — located in Philadelphia, San Antonio, southeastern Kentucky, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Los Angeles — the idea is to basically carpet-bomb the neighborhoods with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training to turn those areas around.

What Happens In The Zone?

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Native American
10:28 am
Tue April 29, 2014

VIDEO: New Chief Sworn In For Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma

A new chief of the third-largest Native American tribe in the United States has been sworn in.

Gary Batton was sworn in as chief of the Choctaw Nation during a ceremony Monday in Durant.

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New Anti-Poverty Program
6:37 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Choctaw Nation To Be One Of Five "Promise Zones"

Choctaw Elder
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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has been selected as one of the first five organizations to test a new anti-poverty program to improve life in chronically poor areas.

The Oklahoman reports the tribe will create a Promise Zone in an economically challenged area in southeastern Oklahoma and use community groups, businesses and schools to focus on specific education and economic development goals.

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Native American
11:51 am
Wed November 20, 2013

VIDEO: Congress Honors Native American Code Talkers

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) speaking during a ceremony Wednesday honoring Native American Code Talkers.
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The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation were among more than 30 tribes who received a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.

Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II.

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, one of only a few Native Americans in Congress, spoke during the ceremony.

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Opening Ceremony On Friday
6:15 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Choctaw Nation Reopens Busy Tourist Info Center

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The Choctaw Nation is celebrating the reopening of one of the state's busiest tourist information centers on Friday.

The Choctaw Nation assumed operations of the facility in Colbert in July under a five-year contract with the state.

Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle says the tribe is excited to share the Choctaw heritage with visitors. He says it's an opportunity to educate thousands of people a day about Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation. The center will feature artwork by Choctaw artists and members of other Native American tribes.

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