Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Public Safety Division


John Hobbs, Executive Director
(800) 522-6170

The Choctaw Nation Public Safety Department consists of two departments:

  • Tribal Police
  • Tribal Security

Tribal Police


To contact an officer in your area call the Durant Tribal Police Headquarters at 800-522-6170 Ext. 2366.

Quick Facts:

  • The Choctaw Nation Tribal Police Department covers 10-1/2 counties in Southeastern Oklahoma.
  • There are nineteen Patrol Officers, one K-9 Officers and one Investigator/Polygraph Examiner to provide law enforcement services on tribally owned, restricted, or allocated lands within the tribal jurisdictional boundaries.
    *There are also ten Tribal Police Officers stationed at the Choctaw Nation Hospital located in Talihina to provide safety and security to the patients and staff.

All Tribal Police Officers must be Oklahoma CLEET certified or have completed the Federal Indian Police Academy.

Tribal Security


The Tribal Security Department has two hundred ninety armed security officers located in nine gaming facilities to provide safety and security for the customers, as well as for the facility staff.

For more information on the departments, please contact Terri Englutt or Casey Bailey at the Tribal Complex in Durant.

Transportation Improvement Program


Bill Blankenship, Director
P. O. Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702
(800) 522-6170

The Transportation Improvement Program began in 1993. It is a BIA program funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation. The function of this program is to inventory the existing roads, find roads and bridges which need building or improving and prioritize them for funding in accordance with the Indian Reservation Roads provision of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.

Tribal Elections


The Choctaw Nation Tribal elections are held to elect Tribal officials. Choctaw Indians who are registered to vote and have their Tribal membership cards will be eligible to vote in the Tribal elections.

Historic Preservation


Ian Thompson, Director
P.O. Box 1210
Durant, Oklahoma 74702
(800) 522-6170 Ext: 2133

The Historic Preservation Department of the Choctaw Nation has a mission to preserve and protect ancestral remains, sacred lands and sacred objects under Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) for today and future generations.

Anyone with information concerning Choctaw remains, Choctaw artifacts or Choctaw cemeteries in danger of being destroyed or abandoned is encouraged to contact this office.

Injury Prevention Program


Beckie Morris - Coordinator
Randy Hammons - Executive Director
Debbie Davenport - Director
Jennifer Davidson - Asst. Director
Phone: (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

The Injury Prevention Program was established in September 2005. Its goal is to build capacity and initiate strategies to prevent or reduce preventable injuries for Native Americans residing in the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation through education, community outreach, research, staff training and development, collection and analysis of injury data, and raining awareness to the Choctaw Nation Communities.

Summer Sport Camps


Sue Folsom, Executive Director
(800) 522-6170

  • The camps listed below are provided free of charge for Choctaw youth.
  • All applications must include a copy of the Child’s Choctaw CDIB and Membership Cards.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THESE DOCUMENTS.
  • Please make sure to have application COMPLETE before deadline.
  • This allows the camp staff to get supplies and equipment ordered in time for camp.

Cultural Events and Camps Staff:

  • Sue Folsom: Office: 800.522.6170 Ext. 2134, Cell: 580.931.6312
  • Kay Jackson: Office: 800.522.6170 Ext. 2504, Cell: 580.775.1774
  • Kevin Gwin: Office 800.522.6170 Ext. 2517, Cell: 775.3982
  • Cyndi Houser: Office: 800.522.6170 Ext. 2559, Cell: 580.775.0253
  • Debbie Damron: Office: 800.522.3170 Ext. 2309, Cell: 580.775.3717
  • Brad Clay: Office: 800.522.6170 Ext. 2517, Cell: 580.372.3788

Cultural Enrichment Camp:
Deadline for application: Friday, April 23, 2010

Cultural Enrichment Camp Application

The camp is open to all students ages 8 to 18. Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn more about Choctaw heritage and culture.

Forestry Service and Firefighters Program

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Cultural Events and Summer Camps

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Veteran’s Advocacy

Kelly McKaughan, Director
Brent Oakes, Supervisor
(800) 522-6170

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To assure that Choctaw veterans receive benefits and services on par with other veterans.

Eligibility Requirement:

  • CDIB
  • Be a Member of Federally Recognized Tribe
  • Be a Veteran

The program assists with:

  • VA Claims
  • Applications
  • Referrals
  • Other Services as Requested

Genealogy Advocacy

Vicki Prough, Genealogy Specialist
(800) 522-6170

The Genealogy Advocacy Program provides ancestry information from the Dawes Commission Roll to assist tribal members or potential tribal members in verifying lineage for CDIB applications and family histories. Assistance is also provided as to where other documentation useful in genealogy research may be found.

The following links are provided to help you on your ancestry search. All links are pdf files that you are able to print onto letter size paper.

Selected Reading for Choctaw History and Culture
Choctaw Research and Information
Family Research
Websites for Ancestry Research Culture

Office of Environmental Health

Melissa Robinson
Phone: (580) 326-7501
Fax: (580) 326-7535

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 909
Hugo, OK 74743

Physical Address:
104 Ed Perry
Hugo, OK 74743