Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is scheduled to attend the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival on Friday evening at Tuskahoma. She will be participating in several events including:
• 6:15 .pm. – The unveiling of “Honoring the Giver of Life” statue in front of the Choctaw Nation Capitol/Museum
• 7 p.m. – Grand Entry of Inter Tribal Pow Wow on the Capitol lawn
This Choctaw Nation has dedicated this year’s Labor Day Festival to the strong Choctaw women who are the heart of Choctaw culture. Throughout history and from the beginning, Choctaw mothers and grandmothers gave life, love, and learning to the tribe’s children and formed the core for the tribal matrilineal society. Women have harvested the crops, tended to the homes, were incredible artists, and were valued members of a tribe and thus were referred to as “beloved”. The “Honoring the Giver of Life” statue is meant to signify the special bond and guidance given to the Choctaw people by the modern Choctaw woman and to show appreciation for continual leadership in faith, family, and culture.
The statue, by sculptor John Gooden, will be the first female statue to be erected at the Capitol and women attending will receive commemorative buttons as a special honor. It is in the image of the late Charlotte Jackson, a former Councilmember from Haskell County.
• Festival theme: “Honoring the Giver of Life”
• Statue of the late Charlotte Jackson, a longtime council member from Haskell County
• Sculptor John Gooden of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, has created all of the statues and busts in the Capitol garden
The festival runs Aug. 28-Sept. 1 on the capitol grounds on Hwy. 271 north of Tuskahoma, Okla.
• Chief Gary Batton’s first State of the Nation address to Tribal Members and visitors will be during the 10 a.m. program Monday, Sept. 1, at the amphitheater.
Complete festival information can be found on choctawnation.com.
For more information please contact Lisa Reed, cell 580-916-8109, text will work best if can’t reach by calling.
About The Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is the third largest Indian Nation in the United States, with close to 200,000 tribal members. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The vision of the Choctaw Nation is “To achieve healthy, successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.” Tribal business success over the past few years has enabled the Choctaw Nation to begin to achieve this vision, as well as to assist the communities that are in the Choctaw Nation. Servant leadership is an important value to Choctaw people. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.