Tuesday, June 23, 2015


no, not that imbecile in Washington, D.C.~

Today is the 23rd day of Hissa Hvshi, 2015.  And I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Minko (CHIEF) Gary Batton in the upcoming election for Choctaw Chief.  Heyyah~!!

Chief Batton is a man with a huge heart for the Choctaw people;
he demonstrates how much he cares, by the casual way he recognizes and can remember Tribal members names, even after more than a year's passage of time, since first meeting that person.

I've witnessed this so often,
at various gatherings, pow-wows, even my old job at McAlester's casino, it is ridiculous.  

This man was destined to become a leader of our Choctaw Nation.

He's been a dynamic catalyst in the growth of Choctaw businesses, this I can also tell you from personal experience-- he's a warm man who is easy to get to know and an easy man to like~!,
His personal, family life could be a Christian, instruction manual for every family in America.

I endorse Minko Gary Batton for election, on July 11, and I hope you fellow Choctaws will make it a point to get out and vote For
The Continued, Amazing Growth of Our Tribe.

The following is lovingly lifted from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma website:

  • Chief Gary Batton is the 47th Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest Indian tribe in the United States. Chief Batton assumed his current position with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma on April 28, 2014, upon the retirement of Chief Gregory E. Pyle.
  • Gary Batton began his career with the Choctaw Nation in 1987 as a clerk in the Purchasing Department while he was attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1989, he accepted the position of Deputy Director at the Choctaw Nation Housing Authority. While at Housing, he was responsible for the management of Housing Authority operations and established several programs including the Choctaw Nation Drug Elimination Program, Family Investment Center Program and the Choctaw Nation Boys and Girls Club.
  • In 1997, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Health. His first undertaking after stepping into the role was replacing the Choctaw Nation Hospital, a former Tuberculosis Center constructed in the 1930s, with the state-of-the-art Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, (In Talihina) the first tribally funded health facility in the US (emphasis mine).
  • He continued to expand and improve the Choctaw health system by adding clinics in Idabel, Stigler,  Poteau, and Atoka and replacing or expanding outdated, inadequate clinics in Hugo, Broken Bow and McAlester. He constructed a new facility for adult inpatient alcohol and drug treatment and a hospitality house for patients traveling long distances for appointments at the health care center in Talihina. Concerned by the fact that some tribal businesses were not profitable and impressed with the growth and improvements to the health system, Chief Pyle appointed Gary to the position of Assistant Chief in May 2007. Gary immediately t
  •  to expand th
  • ook action to grow the businesses and improve the profitability for the benefit of Choctaw members.
  • As the Assistant Chief, Gary’s focus changed from improving the health system for tribal members to growing and improving the entire Choctaw Nation for the benefit of tribal members. Among his numerous duties, he served as Chairman of the Choctaw Nation Business Committee where his first initiative was the development of an economic plan that consisted of $385 million in construction
  • e gaming facilities in Durant, Grant, McAlester and Stringtown. This plan was a boost to the economy in the 10 ½ counties and created more than 700 jobs for the area. Under Gary’s guidance, the profitability for all Tribal businesses improved with an overall increase of 69%.

Get those ballots you got in the mail, & mark "Gary Batton",
just as Leticia and your Local Malcontent will, proudly~!

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