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Choctaw Nation – News


Choctaw Career Expo an Opportunity for Jobs, Career Education

McALESTER, Okla. – One of the most helpful job-seeking events in Southeast Oklahoma is less than a month away. Choctaw Career Expo 2018 is coming Wednesday (Nov 7) to the Southeast Expo Center, 4500 W. Highway 270, in McAlester. Doors open at 9:00 am with booths to visit and on-going activities until 3:30 pm.

Admission is free. While buses will bring high school and college students from across the region, it is open to the public and all career-minded adults.

In order for those seriously in search of employment to have more one-on-one time with company representatives this year, the high school student session will end at noon.

“This year, our Job Seeker Focus Time is from 12-3:30 pm when there will be no students in the building,” said Leslie S. Widener, PR & Marketing Director with the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program. “That way job seekers can have more time to explore, discuss, fill out applications and have on-site interviews.”

The facility will be filled with stations to check out hands-on exhibits and learn about careers in many industries. Job coaches will offer tips on how to apply for jobs, make a positive impression on employers and learn about career options. Also, Choctaw tribal members can find out about Choctaw Nation financial assistance.

“It is an opportunity to meet with employers and college and vocational training recruiters from across the state,” said Widener. “Many will be accepting resumes and conducting interviews, so bring resumes if you have them.”

The annual job fair is presented by the Choctaw Nation Career Development and Choctaw Asset Building Programs. For more information about Choctaw Career Expo 2018, go to or contact Career Development by phone at 866-933-2260 or email,


Indian Chamber Annual Meeting in Choctaw Country

DURANT, Okla. – The Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant is the site of The Gathering in 2018, the annual meeting of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma. The three-day event opens Sunday, Oct. 7 and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Keynote speakers and panels will cover topics such as “Access To Financial Aid for Native Businesses” and “Branding Yourself and Your Business For Maximum Impact.” Two candidates running for the state office of lieutenant governor, Anastasia Pittman, and Matt Pinnell, also will speak. Participants of the 2018 Class of Leadership Native Oklahoma, including six Choctaws, will graduate. Dozens of Native American vendors will show their products and expertise in booth displays.

The event is open to both Native American business professionals and the general public.

Annetta Abbott (Choctaw), AICCO Executive Director and LNO Chairman, said, “Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation Jack Austin Jr. will give the welcoming address on Monday. The Choctaw Color Guard and tribal princesses will join in the opening ceremonies.” Choctaw tribal member Kendra Clements will serve as emcee, she added.

For registration information, contact Abbott online at, by phone at 405-208-9253, or visit the website at