Getting to Know the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (or more commonly referred to as the Choctaw Nation) is one of the three federally recognized Choctaw tribes, along with the Mississipi Band and the Jena Band. While all three descended from a single Choctaw tribe, with the difference being the Choctaw Nation were the ones who were forcibly relocated to Indian Territory during the Trail of Tears.

These days, the Choctaw Nation has more than 223 thousand enrolled members, more than 84 thousand of them living within the state of Oklahoma, and half of which reside in areas under the Choctaw Nation’s jurisdiction.

The Choctaw Nation is one of the Native American tribes in Oklahoma that have a significant impact on the state’s economy, with the tribe employing more than 8,500 people all over the world, and the nation’s payroll amounting to $260 million per year. The Choctaw Nation is said to have contributed to raising the county’s per capita income to about $24,000.

The tribe is exemplary in their reversal of fortunes, having shown the ability to adapt their government and way of life despite being uprooted from their homelands. They are currently operating many businesses across the country, including several casinos, truck stops, tribal smoke shops, and even a printing business, a drug testing facility, hospice care, metal manufacturing and fabrication, and a management services that provide staffing to many government facilities. While one could not envy the tragedy their ancestors suffered during the trail of tears, you cannot help but feel admiration for how they managed to come out on top in the end.