Choctaw Nation Awards $53,100 to McCurtain County Communities

Choctaw City of Broken Bow donation
L-R: Jack Austin, Jr., Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation; Brad Willis, Assistant General Manager Broken Bow Casino; Jamie Denison, Broken Bow City Representative; Tony Ward, Choctaw Nation Tribal Council Member District 2; and Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation.

DURANT, OK – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma awarded McCurtain County $18,600, the City of Idabel $10,300, the City of Broken Bow $17,700, and the town of Garvin $6,500 from the Choctaw Community Partnership Fund to continue strengthening and developing the local area.

The Choctaw Community Partnership Fund voluntarily contributes quarterly to towns, cities, and counties where the Choctaw Nation operates non-gaming businesses. The fund aims to foster collaboration and growth within these communities by providing financial support for various projects. The communities have the flexibility to utilize the funds immediately for maintenance, road improvements, beautification, recreation, public safety, equipment needs or save the funds for more extensive future projects.

“These volunteer contributions exemplify the Choctaw Nation’s commitment to creating sustainable and thriving communities that fosters a better quality of life for tribal and non-tribal citizens,” said Angel Rowland, Choctaw Nation Development Fund Manager. “We see communities investing these funds for projects that positively impact the area.”

Since 2019, when the Community Partnership Fund started, McCurtain County received $245,650 and used the money for road improvements and beautification projects. The City of Idabel has received $125,250 and has used the donation for park upgrades, including ADA-compliant park swings and ramps and expanding the park splash pad. The City of Broken Bow has received a total of $229,850 and has used the funding to attract new businesses to the area. 

Since the inception of this program, the Choctaw Nation has contributed a combined total of $8.2 million to communities that operate non-gaming businesses.