Mission:

To ensure the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is revered and cared for with the empowerment of Choctaw people in mind.  Ensuring success, we will nurture and provide the tools our Choctaw people require so that our Choctaw Nation caretakers will be Choctaw tribal members.

Vision:

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in the future will be a proud people whose government put their welfare above all else.  Choctaw children will be encouraged and empowered to become future leaders of our nation, our elders will be revered and respected.  Our businesses will support the education, the employment and the entrepreneurial spirit of our Choctaw people.

Values:

1. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

2. Respect all things that are placed on this earth whether it is a person or plant

3. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes, and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

4. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

5. All people make mistakes. All mistakes can be forgiven.

6. Bad thoughts cause illness of mind, body, and spirit. Practice optimism.

7. Avoid hurting the heart of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

8. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

9. Respect other beliefs. Do not force your beliefs on others.

10. Keep yourself balanced. Your mental self, spiritual self, emotional self, and physical self all need to be strong, pure, and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

11.  Serve your people with a clean spirit – take nothing that doesn’t belong to you and take care of what belongs to us all

*  Yakoke Yannash for the Values

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