Choctaw Nation, Three Rivers Meat Company Celebrate Grand Opening

Choctaw Three Rivers Meat ribboncutting
Chief Gary Batton, Tribal Council and tribal partners cut the ribbon to celebrate Three Rivers Meat Company's grand opening in Octavia/Smithville.

SMITHVILLE, OK – Three Rivers Meat Company, in partnership with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting event in Octavia/Smithville, OK.

Three Rivers is a USDA meat processing facility that also produces value added products and features a retail area with a cafe. The opening of the facility is a win for area residents, who previously had to drive an hour away to purchase fresh meat and produce.

Choctaw Nation partnered with tribal members Dusty Nichols, Brandon White, Jason Hering and Dr. Brad Morgan to open the facility, which has a USDA inspector on site grading the quality of meat produced. By being a USDA-inspected site, Three Rivers can sell and ship processed products and meat across state lines.

“The best partnerships are those where everyone involved brings something necessary to the success of the partnership,” said Nichols. “The Choctaw Nation as a partner in a meat processing facility not only brings their resources and cattle, but also provides valuable experience in business and leadership. We all recognize that this is a unique partnership, and we are committed to its success for the long term.”

The partnership is a natural fit for Choctaw Nation, which launched the Choctaw Beef program in 2023. Three Rivers will serve as an additional processing plant for Choctaw Beef alongside H&L Processing in Coalgate.

The retail store boasts freezer and cold sections, as well as fresh produce. Three Rivers Cafe has a meat and deli counter with fresh cuts of meat, deli meats, house-made cheese and precooked items. They also have in-house value-added products, such as sausage, bacon and chicken fried steak.

“We are thrilled to partner with tribal members on projects, but especially on businesses that serve such an important need in Choctaw Nation,” said Jody Standifer, Executive Officer of Agriculture, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “Food deserts are an issue in rural areas, and we’re thrilled to help solve that problem for our tribal members and area residents.”