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Choctaw Casinos & Resorts set to reopen with enhanced safety measures

After being closed for more than two months during the COVID-19 pandemic, all Choctaw Nation casino locations are planning to resume operations on June 1 with increased health and safety measures. The Choctaw Nation stressed that the target opening date is contingent upon key health indicators.

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7/2/2020

article Choctaw Nation: Masks required on all properties
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced Thursday it will require everyone on tribal property to wear masks until further notice. Thursday’s...

7/1/2020

article Those Who Inspire - Choctaw Nation steps up efforts to help those in need.
(Oklahoma) -- In this uncertain time, the Choctaw Nation has stepped up efforts to help those in need. We are so proud of how our associates and volunteers on the front...
article Those Who Inspire – Erin Hobson overcomes rare genetic disease to help others in need
(Oklahoma) -- At age 15, Erin Hobson was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease known as Wegener's Granulomatosis. The condition left her with non-functioning kidneys...

6/29/2020

article Choctaw Casinos to require masks beginning Tuesday
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will now require masks for all visitors on casino properties beginning Tuesday. The announcement comes after the tribe...

6/27/2020

article Choctaw Nation gets CARES funding for tribal members
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is making funding available to its member through the CARES Act. The tribe received $200.8 million in relief funding with $...

6/5/2020

article Contracting company employees at Choctaw Casino test positive for COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- One of the contracting companies working at the Choctaw Casino expansion has confirmed some of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. Tutor Perini,...
press release Choctaw Nation expands affordable housing program
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation handed over the keys to 20 new homes this week as part of its LEAP Program, which makes home ownership affordable for tribal members....

5/27/2020

article Choctaw Casino reopens with social distancing measures
(Oklahoma) -- Can you imagine: A socially-distant casino? It's happening now, as some Texoma casinos are reopening after being closed more than two months because of...

5/26/2020

article Choctaw Casino reopening gaming operations, resort this week
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Casino in Durant is reopening Wednesday after more than two months of being closed. Starting Wednesday at 10 a.m., the casino will be open at...

5/25/2020

article Removals of the Choctaw
(Oklahoma) -- They called it the “Indian problem.” White settlers wanted more land, and the tribes held rich acreages. Removing tribes from the Southeast was...

5/24/2020

article Choctaw Casinos & Resorts set to reopen with enhanced safety measures
(Oklahoma) -- After being closed for more than two months during the COVID-19 pandemic, all Choctaw Nation casino locations are planning to resume operations on June 1...

5/21/2020

article Choctaw Nation releases casino safety guidelines
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Casino released guidelines that will be followed during the reopening of casinos owned by the tribe. Earlier this month, the...

5/13/2020

article Choctaw casino to resume operations June 1
(Oklahoma) -- All Choctaw Casino operations are set to reopen June 1. The casino on Tuesday announced they are reopening their operations with limited amenities. They...

5/12/2020

article Tentative date set for reopening of Choctaw casinos
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced Tuesday a tentative date to re-open casinos and resorts. All Choctaw Casinos in Durant, Grant, Pocola, McAlester,...

5/7/2020

article 173 years, $170: Why Irish people are donating to help Native Americans hit by coronavirus
(Arizona) -- It was a gesture born of suffering and kindness carried over generations. In 1847, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma sent $170 to Ireland during the Great...
article Lesson of the Day: ‘Irish Return an Old Favor, Helping Native Americans Battling the Virus’
(Ireland) -- In 1847 the Choctaw people sent 170 dollars to help during the Irish potato famine. Irish donors are citing that gesture as they help two Native American...
article Repaying a 173-year-old favor: The Irish help raise money for Native Americans hit by the coronavirus
(Arizona) -- A coronavirus relief fund for Native American communities has seen an influx of Irish donors, looking to repay the favor of aid which was given by a tribe...
article The Irish donate nearly $2 million in relief aid to U.S. Native American communities
(Arizona) -- Native Americans communities in the United States have been struggling to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and when one country oversea's became aware of...

5/6/2020

article Why Ireland is sending relief to Native Americans
(Ireland) -- People in Ireland inspired by an act of generosity by Native Americans committed more than 170 years ago are paying it forward. In 1847, the Choctaw people...

5/5/2020

article Irish Return a 173-Year-Old Favor to Native American Tribes
(Ireland) -- In 1847 the Choctaw people sent $170 to help during the potato famine. Irish donors are citing that gesture as they help two tribes during the Covid-19...
article Irish Return an Old Favor, Helping Native Americans Battling the Virus
(Ireland) -- More than 170 years ago, the Choctaw Nation sent $170 to starving Irish families during the potato famine. A sculpture in County Cork commemorates the...

5/4/2020

article Choctaw-Ireland solidarity
(Ireland) -- A couple of years ago I wrote in a series for Medium about how the solidarity between the Choctaw Nation and the Irish people two hundred years ago is how...
article Native Americans sent money to the Irish during the potato famine. Now the debt is being repaid.
(Ireland) -- In 1847, during the height of the Irish potato famine, reports that millions of people were facing starvation reached members of the Choctaw tribe in...

5/3/2020

article Grateful Irish honour their Famine debt to Choctaw tribe
(Ireland) -- Funds for native American tribes who have been badly hit by coronavirus are flooding in from Ireland as they repay a debt dating back to the 19th-century...

4/26/2020

article Choctaw removals stretched for many years
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw removal history is a long one, with removals dating as far back as the 1790s and as recently as the 1950s. The Choctaw Nation uses the term...

4/11/2020

article COVID-19 testing picks up in Bryan County, Choctaw Nation extends benefits
(Oklahoma) -- COVID-19 testing has become more widely available in Oklahoma in recent weeks, including in the Bryan County area where the first drive-thru testing...

4/10/2020

article Choctaw Nation to hold free food drive-thru Saturday at casino
(Oklahoma) -- Walmart has partnered with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to provide thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed to Certificate of...
press release Choctaw Nation to hold free food drive-thru Saturday at casino
(Oklahoma) -- Walmart has partnered with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to provide thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed to Certificate of...

4/3/2020

article Durant drive-thru site tests 40 for coronavirus
(Oklahoma) -- The Bryan County Health Department and southeastern Oklahoma nurses were stationed at Choctaw Casino in Durant Friday at a drive-thru coronavirus testing...

4/1/2020

article Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant donates food to Grayson County Shelter
(Oklahoma) -- Dozens of eggs, hundreds of pounds of assorted cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables were donated to the Grayson County Shelter by Choctaw Casino &...

3/10/2020

article Choctaw Nation addresses demand for child care in Durant
(Oklahoma) -- With more than 500 children on a waiting list, the Choctaw Nation is investing millions of dollars to build a new child care center in Durant. Chief Gary...

3/6/2020

article Celebrity chef to open Choctaw Casino eatery
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant is making some big changes. Drivers along US 69/75 have noticed a new hotel tower being added to the resort's...

3/4/2020

article Fight Breaks Out on Casino Floor
(Louisiana) -- The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a responded to a report of a pretty big fight on the floor of the casino at the Jena Choctaw Pines...
press release Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri Opening New Restaurant in Durant
(Oklahoma) -- Durant is headed to Flavortown as Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar is scheduled to open in April 2020. The restaurant will be the first and only...

3/2/2020

article Durant, Bryan County benefit from Choctaw Nation fund
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation presented big checks to the City of Durant and Bryan County on Monday as part of the tribe's Community Partner Fund. Durant received...

2/25/2020

article Ad for Casino Appears on Side of ‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’
(Texas) -- A casino took advantage of Dallas' newest landmark Tuesday night, projecting an ad onto the side of the "Leaning Tower of Dallas." An ad for...

2/6/2020

article Choctaw Nation had a multi-billion dollar impact on Oklahoma's economy in 2018
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation Chief announced Thursday that they have a multi-billion dollar economic impact on Oklahoma's economy. The gaming compact agreement to...

1/17/2020

article NASA Administrator visits Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Today Administer Jim Bridenstine visited the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to learn more about emerging aviation technology work underway within the tribe....

12/30/2019

article Choctaw Nation, governor's office spar over renewal of hunting and fishing compact
(Oklahoma) -- While the Choctaw Nation raised alarms Monday that its Hunting and Fishing Compact would not be renewed, the governor's office and Oklahoma Department...

12/9/2019

article North American tribes come together at Choctaw Pow Wow
(Oklahoma) -- More than 150 tribes were represented this weekend at the 15th annual Choctaw Pow Wow in Durant. There were dancers, drummers and singers competing for...

11/18/2019

article Matteson Village Trustees approve plan for casino
(Illinois) -- The Matteson Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Choctaw Nation’s plan for a casino in a recent board meeting. Trustees approved the...
article Choctaw tribe files for casino But Pope County support lacking
(Arkansas) -- The Choctaw Nation submitted an application with the Arkansas Racing Commission on Monday for a license to build and operate a casino in Pope County --...

11/6/2019

article Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant wins Casino of the Year
(Oklahoma) -- The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) concluded its 49th Annual Conference on October 29 with its Honors & Awards Ceremony. The...

10/30/2019

article Memorial scheduled for former Choctaw Nation chief
(Oklahoma) -- Funeral plans are underway this week for former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory E. Pyle, and Saturday has been declared a National Day of Mourning across the...

10/29/2019

article Choctaw Nation Chief reflects on the legacy of the late former Chief Pyle
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton credits his mentor, the late former Chief Greg Pyle for the expansion of the casino, among several other things, but more...
article Cole Mourns Loss of Chief Gregory Pyle
(Oklahoma) -- Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after hearing about the passing of Gregory Pyle, the former Chief of the Choctaw Nation of...

10/27/2019

article Former Choctaw Nation Chief dies Saturday at 70
(Oklahoma) -- Retired Choctaw Principal Chief Gregory E. Pyle died at 70 years of age on Saturday. Pyle served the Choctaw Nation in various roles, beginning in the...

10/26/2019

article Former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle dies at 70
(Oklahoma) -- Former Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle passed away Saturday at age 70. Pyle served as Chief from 1997 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to...

10/24/2019

article Choctaw Casino hosts their first haunted house this weekend
(Oklahoma) -- A werewolf peeking behind a corner is just one of several jump-scares from the mind of Noel Pearce at Nightmare on Choctaw Road. "It's getting out of my...

10/22/2019

article Matteson antes up in south suburban casino competition
(Illinois) -- A fourth community is entering the competition for a license to open a new Illinois casino in south suburban Cook County. The Matteson village trustees on...
article Matteson village board approves Choctaw Nation casino plan
(Illinois) -- The Matteson Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Choctaw Nation's plan for a casino in their Monday night board meeting. The plan was...
press release Matteson Villiage Board Of Trustees Approve The Choctaw Nation Casino Plan For Matteson
(Illinois) -- Sheila Chalmers-Currin- Village President of Matteson, IL along with the Matteson Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Choctaw Nation’s...

10/21/2019

article Matteson village board approves Choctaw Nation casino plan
(Illinois) -- The Matteson Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Choctaw Nation's plan for a casino in their Monday night board meeting. The plan was...

10/16/2019

article Plans unveiled for proposed Matteson casino
(Illinois) -- Matteson became the latest south suburb Monday to offer a proposal for a casino, announcing a partnership with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and gaming...

10/15/2019

article Another Casino Proposed For Chicago's South Suburbs
(Illinois) -- The south suburban village of Matteson unveiled plans for a new casino and hotel on Monday less than two weeks after two other south suburban communities...
article Matteson Joins The List Of Proposed South Suburban Casino Sites
(Illinois) -- Matteson is jumping into the race to be the host community for a south suburban casino. Village officials said Monday they are teaming up with Oklahoma...

10/14/2019

article Plans unveiled for proposed Matteson casino
(Oklahoma) -- Matteson became the latest south suburb Monday to offer a proposal for a casino, announcing a partnership with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and gaming...

9/18/2019

article Choctaw Nation Tribal Council approves 2020 Budget; affirms strong stand on Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation Tribal Council unanimously approved a $1.99 billion comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2020 during its Saturday, September 14 session...

8/30/2019

article CATHEY: Choctaw Seal: Three arrows always ready for great, departed chieftains
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw tribal seal was first formalized as an idea in the 1857 tribal constitution, signed at Skullyville. But a special act of the Choctaw General...
article Meet the Native American tribe who selflessly sent money to Ireland during the Great Famine
(Ireland) -- The Choctaw, are a Native American people who occupied areas of what is now modern-day Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. Two years after the...

8/23/2019

article Third annual Choctaw Country Region 8 All Indian Rodeo
(Oklahoma) -- The third annual Choctaw Country Region 8 All Indian Rodeo starts Saturday August 24 at the Bryan County Fairgrounds. You can enjoy rodeo events from bull...

8/17/2019

article Student legal team works to protect, 'embolden' the Native vote
(Arizona) -- One of the first things Torey Dolan did on her 18th birthday was to register to vote in California. “I was so excited,” said Dolan, a member of...

7/31/2019

article Tribe's highest court to hear election dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation Constitutional Court has scheduled a date to hear arguments in a petition to contest election results and to appeal the certification of...
article Choctaw Nation hospital celebrates 20 years
(Oklahoma) -- The 20th anniversary of the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center was celebrated with fanfare Friday in Talihina. Chief Gary Batton, who had been employed in...

7/22/2019

article Durant preparing for growth as Choctaw Nation expands casino
(Oklahoma) -- Growth in Durant is being driven by the Choctaw Nation’s expansion of the tribe’s resort and casino on the south side of the city.

7/7/2019

article Choctaw Casino provides fireworks in Grant, OK
(Oklahoma) -- The fireworks display brought Wednesday night by Choctaw Casino in Grant was a definite crowd-pleaser, judging by the smiles and the oohs and awes heard...

7/6/2019

article Identifying and addressing the needs of Choctaw Nation District 11
(Oklahoma) -- This is the fourth in a series covering the Choctaw Nation Tribal Council District 11 election. The series will be completed prior to in-person balloting...

7/3/2019

article La Cantina's new menu at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant
(Oklahoma) -- Sara Adams from Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant and Chef Edgar, give us a sneak peek into their new menu at La Cantina and what they’ll be...

6/4/2019

article Choctaw casino enhances Texas Rangers agreement
(Texas) -- Oklahoma’s Choctaw Casino and Resort has unveiled a new multi-year partnership with the Texas Rangers, building upon existing agreements that have been...
article Durant resort maintains 'Four Diamond' status
(Oklahoma) -- For the eighth consecutive year, Choctaw Casino and Resort has scored the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating. Only six percent of 27,000 hotels inspected...

5/30/2019

article Could the Texas Rangers new ballpark someday be a place for betting on baseball?
(Texas) -- Imagine you’re at a Texas Rangers baseball game on a typical mid-summer weeknight and, during some down time in an early inning, an app on your phone...
article Texas Rangers, Choctaw Casinos announce expanded partnership, branding at new ballpark
(Texas) -- The Texas Rangers and Choctaw Casinos & Resorts today announced the details of a multi-year partnership that includes significant branding at the new...

5/26/2019

article First tribal EnVision Center in United States opens in Poteau
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation on May 17 opened the doors to the first EnVision Center run by and for Native Americans, according to a news release. Last summer, the...

5/24/2019

article Choctaw Nation’s Burrage thrives at Harvard
(Massachusetts) -- Arriving at Harvard from a small city of 15,000 in southern Oklahoma, Truman Burrage experienced a shock of sorts, socially and culturally. Not only...

5/23/2019

press release Choctaw Casino & Resort- Durant wins Academy of Country Music Casino of the Year
(Oklahoma) -- The Academy of Country Music® announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ™....

5/7/2019

article Choctaw Chief Phyliss J. Anderson recognized with 2019 Tribal Leader of the Year Award
(Oklahoma) -- Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson was recognized with the 2019 Tribal Leader of the Year Award by The Native American...

5/1/2019

article Choctaw Casino & Resort Durant excitedly embarks on 4th major expansion
(Oklahoma) -- After announcing in November last year that it would begin what is the fourth expansion of its Durant, Oklahoma casino resort, on Thursday, March 24, 2019...
article Choctaw Nation's Resort Set To Expand
(Oklahoma) -- An expansion project is underway at the Choctaw Nation's casino resort in Durant. The project will add 1,000 rooms, making it the state's largest...

4/29/2019

article Choctaw Durant gets started on $500M expansion
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma is getting a major facelift. The venue, which is owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,...
article Luxury casino-resort near Texas-Oklahoma border gambles on $500 million expansion
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is placing a more than $500 million bet on expanding the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, near the border of...

4/26/2019

article Oklahoma's Choctaw resort and casino makes big play for business with new 1,000-room tower
(Oklahoma) -- Driving north up U.S. Highway 75 into Oklahoma, a cluster of big buildings pops up north of the Red River. No, it's not Tulsa, but the Choctaw Casino...

4/25/2019

article Choctaw Casino & Resort breaks ground on expansion
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma broke ground today on an expansion project at its resort property in Durant. The number of rooms in the luxury hotel will...

4/24/2019

article Choctaw Nation’s resort to expand by 1,000 rooms
(Oklahoma) -- Construction has started on the Choctaw Nation's casino resort expansion, which will make it the state's largest casino in terms of hotel room...

4/18/2019

article Choctaw historian to release new book on food sovereignty
(Kansas) -- The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time...

4/14/2019

article Choctaw historian at KU restoring cultural knowledge through food, fiction, family
(Kansas) -- The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time...

4/12/2019

article Kindred Spirits: When the Irish Starved, the Choctaw Tried to Feed Them (Podcast)
(Oklahoma) -- As Ireland starved, help came from an unlikely place. How the Choctaw people came to the aid of strangers on an island thousands of miles away is the...

3/21/2019

article Choctaw Indian to serve 45 years for beating tribe member to death with fists, pipe and shovel, then burning body
(Oklahoma) -- Jerome Steve, 33, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 540 months in prison, followed by five years of...

3/1/2019

article Choctaw Casino nominated for CMA
(Oklahoma) -- A local entertainment venue may become home to an Academy of County Music Award in April. It was recently announced the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant...

2/21/2019

press release Choctaw Casino in Durant nominated for Academy of Country Music Award
(Oklahoma) -- For the fifth consecutive year Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant has been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award. This year the casino is up...

1/27/2019

article A VETERAN’S STORY: Choctaw Courage
(Georgia) -- During the summer of 2009, he moved from his farm in Amelia County, Va., to live near his daughter in Henrico County. A decorated WWII veteran, the 90-year-...

11/19/2018

article JCJ tapped for major casino expansion
(Connecticut) -- Hartford design firm JCJ Architecture says it is one of four companies selected to design and develop the expansion of an Oklahoma casino. JCJ, which...

11/18/2018

article Choctaw Nation announces expansion of Durant resort and casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation plans to break ground this spring on a major expansion of its Durant casino and resort property that will more than double the number of...

11/15/2018

article Choctaw Casino & Resort announces new expansion project
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Casino & Resort announced they are expanding their property in Durant, bringing 1,000 more jobs to the area. This will be the resort's...
article Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to expand Durant casino
(Oklahoma) -- A Tuesday announcement by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma confirmed that ground will be broken in late spring 2019, on what will be the fourth expansion of...

11/14/2018

article Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to lead further Durant resort casino expansion
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, who operate a plethora of gaming facilities across The Sooner State, is to expand its casino resort property located in the...
article Expansion at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant to include new hotel, bring jobs
(Oklahoma) -- The expansion of the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant will bring more than 1,000 jobs to Bryan County in southern Oklahoma. This will be the fourth...

11/13/2018

article Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant announces expansion, 1,000 new jobs
(Oklahoma) -- Construction will soon begin on a brand new building next to the resort's Grand Tower. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced Tuesday they will...
article Choctaw Casino expansion to add 1K new jobs
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to expand its resort property in Durant with projects that are expected to generate 1,000 new jobs...
press release Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant Announces New Expansion Project
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma proudly announced today they will expand their resort property in Durant, Okla. This will be the fourth expansion project since...

10/19/2018

article Choctaw Nation to hone drone project with McAlester meeting
(Oklahoma) -- A cattle rancher in southeastern Oklahoma — or anywhere else — may one day keep track of his cattle without saddling up a horse and riding...

10/15/2018

article Oklahoma’s Choctaw horses connect to Mississippi
(Mississippi) -- Six foals sired by a cream-colored stallion called DeSoto scamper across a pasture in southwest Mississippi — the first new blood in a century for...

9/5/2018

article Nurse Fired for Offensive Snapchat to Native Americans, Friend Says It's an Inside Joke
(Oklahoma) -- WA nurse employed by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was fired after a Snapchat she sent to a group of friends containing a message perceived to be...

8/28/2018

press release Joingo Announces Launch of Choctaw Casinos Mobile App
(Oklahoma) -- Joingo®, the leading provider of mobile engagement solutions for the casino gaming industry today announced the launch of the Choctaw Casinos mobile...

8/18/2018

article Choctaw Casino played their first ball and dice games today
(Oklahoma) -- The wait is over. Ball and dice games are happening. Before, craps and roulette were played with cards at the Choctaw casino, and every other casino in...

8/17/2018

article Choctaw Nation Holds Drone Testing Demonstration
(Oklahoma) -- "I don't know if people realize but they witnessed history today," said Choctaw Chief Gary Batton. On the Choctaws' 42,000 acre ranch,...

8/16/2018

article The Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma Is Using Drones to Trap Feral Pigs
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Native American Choctaw Nation tribe in central Oklahoma are using drones to aerially refill feral pig traps, in order to somewhat curb the...

8/12/2018

article Choctaw Native American leads Tipperary famine walk, compares to “Trail of Tears”
(Ireland) -- The Choctaw Nation’s Irish potato famine relief and the way they helped Ireland during the Great Hunger was remembered once again at the Famine 1848...

8/8/2018

press release What you need to know about playing games at Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant
(Oklahoma) -- People come to for all sorts of reasons — to relax at the spa, soak up the sun at the pool, feel like a kid again at the District — but the...

8/2/2018

article Choctaw student connects with Mississippi roots
(Mississippi) -- He has never lived in Mississippi. But the state is home in a way much deeper than his own birth. "This is my homeland," said Thomas Olive,...

7/23/2018

article DFW man wins largest jackpot ever at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant
(Oklahoma) -- A Dallas area resident hit a $3.2 million jackpot on a $3 slot machine Friday night at Choctaw Casino & Resort, the largest jackpot ever won at the...
press release Dallas resident wins $3.2 million at Choctaw Casino
(Oklahoma) -- Dallas area resident hit it big last night at Choctaw Casino Resort. The man’s three-dollar bet turned into $3.2 million when he hit the jackpot on the...

7/21/2018

article Section 184 home loans geared toward American Indians
(Oklahoma) -- Using a special home loan and money from the Choctaw Nation, Kelli and Ricky Huffman were able to buy a home in Blanchard for themselves and her elderly...

7/12/2018

article Tangle crowned Choctaw Indian Princess
(Oklahoma) -- Sydni Jade Tangle was crowned the 2018-2019 Choctaw Indian Princess Wednesday evening at the 69th Annual Choctaw Indian Fair.

6/26/2018

article Choctaw Nation dedicates new headquarters
(Oklahoma) -- The new Choctaw Nation headquarters is now officially open to the public. The 488,000 square foot, five-story building is home to more than 900 tribal...

6/15/2018

article Dallas court finds Oklahoma tribe liable for fatal bus crash
(Oklahoma) -- A Dallas appeals court has upheld a $9.3 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation after finding the southern Oklahoma tribe liable for a charter bus...

6/3/2018

article Choctaw Nation weighs options after being held liable for deaths of casino patrons
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation is weighing its next move after being held responsible for the deaths of two casino patrons, The Oklahoman reports. The patrons were...

6/2/2018

article Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Choctaw Nation
(Oklahoma) -- A Dallas appeals court has upheld a $9.3 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation. The court found the tribe liable for a charter bus crash that killed...

6/1/2018

article Second Dallas court finds Choctaw Nation liable for fatal 2013 charter bus crash
(Texas) -- A Dallas court has upheld a $9.3 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation after finding the southern Oklahoma tribe was liable for a 2013 charter bus crash...

5/31/2018

article Choctaw Nation loses big as state court upholds $9.3 million judgment
(Texas) -- The Choctaw Nation is responsible for an accident that claimed the lives of two casino patrons, an appeals court in Texas ruled this week in affirming a $9.3...
article Texas Appeals Court Upholds $10.9M Jury Verdict in Deadly Choctaw Casino Bus Crash
(Texas) -- A Texas appeals court has upheld a $10.9 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, finding that jurors were correct in deciding that the Choctaw...

5/9/2018

article Choctaw Nation chosen for federal drone pilot program
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation will take part in a federal pilot program for unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — the Department of Transportation...

4/10/2018

article The Struggle for Self-Rule in Choctaw Nation
(Mississippi) -- In the summer of 2003, a 13-year-old Choctaw boy went to work at a Dollar General store on the reservation as a part of his tribe’s Youth...

3/21/2018

article Why the Choctaw People Sent Their Meager Funds to Ireland
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw people had been in Oklahoma less than two decades before news spread about an all-consuming famine in Ireland. Having been ousted from their...

3/12/2018

article Taoiseach thanks Choctaw Nation for support during Great Famine
(Oklahoma) -- Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has thanked a Native American tribe for the way their ancestors showed compassion to Irish people who were dying in their hundreds...
article What the Irish did for – and to – the Choctaw tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Skullyville, Oklahoma – Tuesday 23 March 1847. On that spring day, as Major William Armstrong surveyed those who had gathered in the small timber...
article Taoiseach announces Choctaw scholarship programme
(Oklahoma) -- The Taoiseach has announced a new scholarship programme that will allow members of the Choctaw Native American community to come to Ireland to study.
article Varadkar announces scholarship for Choctaw students
(Oklahoma) -- Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced a new scholarship for Choctaw people to study in Ireland, as he paid his first visit to the Native American community...

3/9/2018

article Irish leader to visit Oklahoma tribe who sent Ireland famine aid
(Oklahoma) -- Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar will make an historic pilgrimage to Oklahoma to meet with members of the Choctaw tribe who donated money to...

3/7/2018

article REVIEW: Take a (spring) break from the ordinary at Choctaw Casino
(Oklahoma) -- Spring break — whether official or just seasonal — is quickly coming up. While most people are planning their beach travels and road trips, why...

3/6/2018

article Road Trip: Choctaw Casino and Resort
(Oklahoma) -- Celebrating its 30th year, Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma may have started as a bingo hall, but it has grown into a destination for gaming,...

2/28/2018

article Durant is home to Choctaw tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Welcome back. I’ve just come back from a beautiful place that offers great food from around the world along with big name live entertainment the...

2/21/2018

article Choctaw Fresh Produce awarded $20,000 grant
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Fresh Produce has been awarded a $20,000 grant in a national Cultivating Change contest that will allow them to increase production. Choctaw plans...

2/12/2018

article Fatal shooting at Choctaw Travel Plaza in Grant
(Oklahoma) -- A person who was said to be brandishing a gun was shot and killed by security officers at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Grant late Sunday night.
article Man shot and killed at Grant Travel Plaza
(Oklahoma) -- According to law enforcement, a Texas man was shot dead Sunday night at the travel plaza of the Choctaw Casino Resort. A confrontation between a patron an...

1/29/2018

article 38 Special Plays Choctaw Casino on Feb. 9, Wanna Go?
(Oklahoma) -- On Friday, February 9, the great 38 Special will take the stage to play some of your favorite classic rock hits, and we want to send you there for free. If...

1/3/2018

article Unconquered and Unconquerable: The Prophet of Profit
(Mississippi) -- It was in 1948 when Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Martin, future chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, first surveyed the fallen empire of...

12/26/2017

article Unconquered and Unconquerable: The Chief Who Righted the Ship
(Oklahoma) -- Phyliss Anderson grew up without running water or electricity. Money, like everything else, was scarce. But she knew some of her friends would get new...

11/19/2017

article WSOPC Choctaw Main Event win goes to Dan Lowery along with $258,784
(Oklahoma) -- Poker player Dan Lowery has continued to see success this year after recently competing in the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Choctaw Casino...

11/18/2017

article Cellmate convicted in 2015 death of Choctaw tribal member
(Arizona) -- A cellmate has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a Choctaw tribal member. A Neshoba County jury convicted Justyn Schlegel, 36, in...

11/17/2017

article Choctaw tribe members reject fourth casino
(Mississippi) -- Of the 2,103 Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian tribe members who voted in a special referendum election on Thursday for a new casino in Red Water,...
article Choctaw tribe votes down proposed casino in Leake County
(Mississippi) -- The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians appear to have voted down a possible new casino in the Red Water community. According to preliminary numbers on...

11/16/2017

article Choctaw Tribe Will Vote Today on New Casino
(Mississippi) -- Voters in the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will decide whether to build a casino on tribal land in the Red Water community. That's just north...

11/12/2017

article Choctaw Nation completes $50 million casino expansion project in Grant, OK
(Oklahoma) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony held recently by the Choctaw Nation celebrated the completion of a $50 million expansion project at the tribe’s Choctaw...

11/8/2017

article Choctaw Nation completes $50 million casino expansion project in Grant, OK
(Oklahoma) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony held recently by the Choctaw Nation celebrated the completion of a $50 million expansion project at the tribe’s Choctaw...

11/7/2017

article Choctaw Nation celebrates completion of $50 million casino expansion project
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation celebrating the completion of a $50 million expansion project at one of its casinos in Oklahoma. The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Grant...

10/30/2017

article Choctaw Nation, city work to improve traffic flow
(Oklahoma) -- A traffic light at the intersection of South Ninth Street and Big Lots Parkway is now operational. The new signal had been hanging in place for the past...

10/16/2017

article FBI investigating threat made to Choctaw Casino
(Oklahoma) -- A threat made toward concert goers at Choctaw Casino and Resort last week is now under investigation by the FBI. The threat was posted to Dwight Yoakam...

10/14/2017

article Baby allegedly abused at foster home dies from injuries
(Oklahoma) -- A 2-month-old baby boy who was allegedly abused and rushed to the hospital has died, according to the family. Police say Austin Davis, 24, allegedly abused...

9/27/2017

article Choctaw ribbon cutting set
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Choctaw Travel Plaza and Casino Too, 1909 W. Jackson St., in Hugo, on Thursday at 10 a.m.

9/9/2017

press release Choctaw Nation gives to Hurricane Harvey relief
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Video Gaming Technologies and Gaming Capital Group announced a joint donation of $70,000 to Houston Food Bank to support the...

9/2/2017

article Choctaw Indians to Vote Soon on New Casino in Mississippi
(Mississippi) -- A new casino could be coming as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is expected to vote soon on whether to build it. The Clarion-Ledger reported...

9/1/2017

article Choctaw Nation: Tribal Constitutional Convention Seeks Separation of Powers
(Oklahoma) -- Viewing the constitution of her beloved Choctaw Nation as out of date, tribal citizen and well-known Democratic tribal activist Kalyn Free is organizing a...

8/31/2017

article Choctaws expected to vote soon on new casino near Carthage
(Mississippi) -- The Choctaw tribe is expected to vote soon on whether to build a new casino in the Red Water community. If approved, it would mark the tribe’s...

8/28/2017

article How One Agency Worked to Prove That This Native American Tribe Doesn’t Just Run Casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Agencies of all shapes and sizes are used to promoting brands or specific products. But what about entire tribes of people? The Choctaw Nation is a...

8/19/2017

article Community News: Choctaw Casino and Resort
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Casino and Resort in Pocola recently donated $5,000 to Mercy Health Foundation’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, according to a recent news...

8/17/2017

article Red Water Casino could go to a vote
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw tribal members could have a say on whether the Red Water Casino will be built in Leake County. "I stand by the Red Water Casino project,...

8/14/2017

article The Archivist: Choctaw Indian performer gave a voice to his people
(Oklahoma) -- Many talented entertainers have called Oklahoma home. Wesley Leroy Robertson, a Choctaw Indian, was born in 1901 in Caddo, Indian Territory. He graduated...

7/28/2017

article La Cantino is open inside Choctaw Casino Resort
(Oklahoma) -- La Cantina is now open inside Choctaw Casino Resort. The restaurant is in the old Parrot Beach Bar location. It’s Mexican atmosphere has you feeling...

6/23/2017

article Eastern Cherokee citizen promoted to vice president of casino marketing
(Oklahoma) -- A citizen of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been promoted to regional vice president of casino marketing. Sean Ross started working for the Harrah...
article New Medical Clinic Pays Tribute to Native American Tribe’s Culture
(Oklahoma) -- As the centerpiece of a 20-acre, $73 million campus-style development, the design of the new Choctaw Nation Regional Medical Clinic in Durant, Okla., pays...

6/18/2017

article Choctaw Chief to visit sculpture that commemorates his nation's generosity during Irish famine
(Ireland) -- In 1847, the Native American Choctaw people collected money for the Irish famine, despite living in conditions of starvation and poverty themselves. They...

6/17/2017

article Sculpture marks Choctaw generosity to Irish famine victims
(Ireland) -- Native American Choctaw leaders have arrived in Ireland to unveil a sculpture celebrating the financial contribution made by the tribe to starving Irish...

6/13/2017

article Cork sculpture recalls generosity of Choctaw Nation during Famine
(Ireland) -- The generosity of a Native American tribe towards the people of Ireland at the height of the Great Famine will be recalled this weekend with the unveiling...

5/29/2017

article New Choctaw headquarters in southern Oklahoma on target
(Oklahoma) -- When Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton was put into office in 2014, his goal was to bring more economic diversity to the Durant-based tribe. He kept the...

5/21/2017

article Choctaw Dylan Cavin combines creativity with practicality to share his heritage
(Oklahoma) -- Chickasha-born Choctaw tribal member Dylan Cavin has the heart of an artist tempered by the methodical mind of a blue collar nine-to-fiver. It shows in his...

5/18/2017

article Choctaw Nation, NRCS to establish Soil Health Demonstration Farm
(Oklahoma) -- A major step has been taken to improve soil health in southeastern Oklahoma. Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation and Gary O’Neill, State...

5/6/2017

article Choctaw Nation: Focusing on Healthy, Educated Community with Three New Facilities
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation recently made a $12-million commitment to their citizens who reside in and near Poteau, Oklahoma on April 20, 2017 with the...

4/22/2017

article The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band coming to Grant Choctaw Casino in June
(Oklahoma) -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform live at the Grant Event Center in the Choctaw Casino located in Grant OK. on Friday, June 16, 2017.

4/3/2017

article Was the Pre-Colonial Choctaw Native American Diet Vegetarian?
(USA) -- The Choctaw long have been recognized as the best agriculturalists in the Southeast, with historical accounts detailing a rich, plant-based Native American diet...

3/29/2017

article Choctaw Nation opens doors to travel center and gaming facility
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new travel center and gaming facility in Heavener, Oklahoma. The Choctaw Travel Plaza and Casino...

2/19/2017

article Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters at Choctaw Casino in April
(Oklahoma) -- Actor and yes drummer/vocalist Billy Bob Thornton along with his country rock and roll band will be performing at the Choctaw Casino in Grant, OK on April...

1/28/2017

article Mississippi Choctaws approve plan for casino near Carthage
(Pennsylvania) -- Mississippi’s only Indian casino operator plans to expand to a third site. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says it will open a casino on...

1/27/2017

article Choctaw gives $95,000 check
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation has helped the Susan G. Komen Foundation move closer to finding a cure for breast cancer. To date, the Choctaw Nation has donated just...

1/8/2017

article Choctaw Volunteer Fire Department to hold bingo
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo games at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the recreation center, 2854 Choctaw Road, Thibodaux. Ten games will be...

1/6/2017

article 8th graders have career day at SOSU
(Oklahoma) -- The 11 area schools participating in Thursday’s career day were Achille, Bennington, Boswell, Caddo, Calera, Colbert, Coleman, Durant, Rock Creek,...

12/27/2016

article Choctaw construction is on the rise
(Oklahoma) -- Two multi-million dollar building projects in Hugo and Choctaw County are among a host of building projects currently underway by the Choctaw Nation of...

12/24/2016

article Choctaw construction is on the rise
(Oklahoma) -- If this season, it seems like more construction has been going on in the Choctaw Nation than ever before, there is a reason. No less than 40 major tribal...

12/22/2016

press release Choctaw appointed to Native Farm, Ranch Council
(Oklahoma) -- Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture appointed Shannon McDaniel, a Choctaw tribal member and Executive Director of Agriculture...

12/4/2016

article Choctaw pow wow a place for competition, friendship
(Oklahoma) -- More than 500 Native North American dancers from all over the U.S. and Canada descended on Durant, Oklahoma, this weekend to take part in the Choctaw...

11/18/2016

article Tribe celebrates progress during Choctaw topping out ceremony
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of people attended the topping out ceremony for the new Choctaw Nation Headquarters on Friday afternoon. "We still go back to the Trail of...

11/4/2016

article Choctaw Nation Invests in Tribal Health, Cuts Ribbon to Wellness Center
(Oklahoma) -- Rain puddles from the night before and the threat of more to come did not dampen the enthusiasm of Stigler residents anxious to tour their new Choctaw...

10/21/2016

article Choctaw Nation construction continues
(Oklahoma) -- The new Choctaw Nation headquarters is rising on the prairie, $219 million and less than two years on the build, the construction projects are coming along...

9/4/2016

article Tribal-state compacts will benefit Wildlife Department
(Oklahoma) -- Just as the Cherokee Nation did last year, the Choctaw Nation last week entered into a hunting and fishing compact with the state of Oklahoma. Under the...

8/29/2016

article Choctaws reveal details of pending hunting, fishing compact
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has announced details of the proposed fishing and hunting compact it expects to sign with the state of Oklahoma. Last week,...

8/19/2016

article Choctaw Nation breaks ground on Grant casino expansion project
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal councilors, assistant Chief Jack Austin and a host of tribal employees and regional dignitaries joined Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton Thursday...

8/17/2016

article Groundbreaking for casino work slated
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Choctaw Nation and Grant, Oklahoma, city officials will host an official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the new expansion...

8/11/2016

article First Choctaw Grocery Store Opens its Doors
(Oklahoma) -- Clayton, Oklahoma: population just over 1,000, welcomed the first grocery store owned by the Choctaw Nation on August 9.

8/7/2016

article US tribes work with scientists against climate change
(Oklahoma) -- The last five years have been tough on Tye Baker, the director of Water Resources for the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma. First, there was the drought:...

7/12/2016

article Federal court keeps sentence, conviction of former Choctaw Nation leader
(Oklahoma) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and 12-year prison sentence of a former Choctaw Nation construction director. A three-judge panel of the...

6/15/2016

press release Choctaw Nation to Share Culture in Nation’s Capital
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian National Museum has again invited the Choctaw Nation to showcase its culture in the Nation’s Capital. On June 24 and 25 the...

5/13/2016

article Choctaw Nation Brings Tribe Together Under One Roof in Durant, Okla.
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said he focuses on tribal culture. But it's hard for him to demonstrate that when the tribe's cultural services...

5/4/2016

press release Storm shelters available to more Choctaw homes
(Oklahoma) -- One of the Choctaw Nation’s most popular, and this time of year’s most important programs, just got better. The Housing Authority of the...

5/3/2016

article $11 Million Verdict for Fatal Casino Bus Crash
(Texas) -- Families of two elderly women who died when a casino charter bus crashed on a Dallas-area toll road were awarded $10.9 million in damages from the Choctaw...
article Choctaw Nation ordered to pay damages in casino-bound bus accident
(Texas) -- A Texas court has ordered the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to pay $10.9 million in damages to the families of two women who died in a bus accident on the way...
article Choctaw Nation will appeal if judge OKs jury judgment, lawyer says
(Texas) -- A day after a Dallas County jury said the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma should pay $11 million to the families of two Tarrant County women killed in a bus crash...
article Relatives of 2 Texas bus crash victims to share nearly $11M
(Texas) -- Relatives of two passengers who died following a 2013 casino tour bus crash near Dallas will share a nearly $11 million judgment against the Choctaw Nation of...

5/2/2016

article Dallas jury orders Choctaw Nation to pay $11 million in 2013 casino bus crash
(Texas) -- A Dallas County jury has ordered the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to pay $11 million to the families of two women from Fort Worth and North Richland Hills who...
article Families Awarded Millions In 2013 Casino Charter Bus Crash
(Texas) -- A jury awarded two North Texas families $10.9 million for the April 2013 Choctaw Casino charter bus crash that killed two of of their loved ones as well as...

5/1/2016

press release Choctaw Casino Resort Deploys VizExplorer Solution To Drive VIP Revenue Growth
(Oklahoma) -- VizExplorer today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to install hostViz™, the company’s player...

4/13/2016

article Convicted Choctaw embezzler sentenced to prison
(Oklahoma) -- A Durant woman was sentenced to federal prison for embezzling more than a half a million dollars over a six-year period from the Choctaw Nation, The United...

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