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It’s that time of year again. Summer break has come and gone. Our students and teachers are back in the classroom gearing up for a new school year.

I hope everyone had a fun-filled summer with great memories.

I know it was an eventful one for many young Choctaws here in the 10½ counties.

Our Choctaw Nation Special Projects department hosted a total of 25 summer camps this year. Over 2,000 campers took part in summer programs ranging from Cultural Enrichment to various sports camps.

It is great to see our young people out there learning about our culture and growing as individuals.

This was another successful year for the Summer Youth Work Program. A total of 921 young Choctaws ages 16-21 completed the program. 

Participants gained employment at various locations. Some even landed jobs that will continue after the program and learned things that they can carry on with them throughout life.

Now that our students are back in school, there are so many programs offered through the Choctaw Nation to help them this school year.

Our nationwide Choctaw STAR program encourages students to make education a priority. STAR’s mission is to develop student work ethic, improve graduation rates and to reveal opportunities for continued education after high school. 

Students participating in the program are rewarded for their hard work and good grades for the fall and spring semesters. 

Students must be Choctaw tribal members and enrolled in the second through 12th grade.

Purchasing new school clothes and supplies can be expensive. The Student School Activity Fund offers the opportunity to receive a $100 dollar grant to help with those costs.

Students must be tribal members ages 3 through 18 and enrolled in an accredited daycare or Pre-K through 12th-grade school.  

Other programs include Adult Education, Choctaw Asset Building, Career Development, Chahta Foundation, Choctaw STEM, College Clothing Allowance, College Freshman Year Initiative, Educational Talent Search, Higher Education, High School Student Services, Johnson-O’Malley, Technology Allowance Program, Vocational Development, and Youth Advisory Board.

Each of these programs serves a unique purpose that caters to many different age groups. 

No matter your age, it is never too late to begin your educational journey or take it to the next level.

I encourage every tribal member to follow their dreams and hope we will be able to assist them in their endeavors.

For more information on all the programs mentioned, please visit https://www.choctawnation.com/tribal-services.

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