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Hunting and Fishing Compact Extended - January 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Christmas. As I reflect on 2020, I realize that despite many challenges, one thing remained true: we remained resilient. Though the year kept throwing us curveballs, we as Choctaws remained resilient and determined. Like our ancestors before us, we persevered through difficult times, looking toward the future with hope. Remembering our ancestors' approach to challenges, I pray to our Creator for our Choctaw people and all mankind.

A recent announcement for 2021 is that the Choctaw Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation signed an extension to the Hunting and Fishing Compact, effective through December 31, 2021.

This agreement is a win for both the Choctaw Nation and the State of Oklahoma. It provides an opportunity for our tribal members in Oklahoma to enjoy the outdoors through hunting and fishing that are part of our rich cultural traditions.

Choctaw tribal members who held a Choctaw Hunting and Fishing license in 2020 and still meet the compact requirements will have their license automatically renewed for 2021. The State Department of Wildlife Conservation will begin processing these auto-renewals and any new tribal member applications received for 2021.

Choctaw tribal members who are 16 and older and interested in a 2021 state hunting and fishing license, but who did not have a license in 2020, are encouraged to apply via the online member portal, Chahta Achvffa at https://chahtaachvffa.choctawnation.com/.

Choctaw Hunting and Fishing Licenses will be available on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife website, license.gooutdoorsoklahoma.com, to be printed or downloaded as needed. For added convenience, there is now an app - Go Outdoors Oklahoma - for your iOS or Android device. To get the app, go to your device's App Store and search Go Outdoors Oklahoma. For further assistance, please call 800-522-6170 ext. 4030 or email huntingandfishing@choctawnation.com.

Have a Holly, Jolly and Safe Christmas - December 2020

It has been over eight months since a global pandemic was declared. The holiday season is normally a time to gather with family and celebrate, but this Christmas will be different for many of us adjusting to new ways of living. My heart and prayers go out to everyone who has been directly affected by the pandemic.

I hope you all take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. Many of us long to spend time with our aging parents, grandparents, and old friends to get into the holiday spirit. We want to feel some sense of normalcy after being in the pandemic for so long, but this doesn't mean we should let our guard down.

Christmas is a special time, but for the safety of those we love, we need to look at it differently this year. Although we know much more about the spread of COVID-19 since March 2020, we also know that the virus can quickly spread in our homes during traditional holiday activities where we gather for shared meals or rituals. Please remember that if you gather with people you do not live with, the risk of infection increases, and consideration of those most vulnerable is necessary. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have suggested the following ways to celebrate more safely: agree on some ground rules in the weeks leading up to your event; try to quarantine for two weeks before the day; host outdoor activities rather than indoor to minimize the risk. If you cannot host outdoors, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated or fully enclosed indoor spaces. You can increase ventilation by opening windows and doors based on the weather. Try hosting activities with only people from your area and limit the number of attendees as much as possible. It is also suggested to provide updated information to your guests about any COVID-19 safety guidelines and steps you are taking to prevent the spread of the virus. You can also provide or encourage attendees to bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy-for example, extra masks, hand sanitizers, or disinfecting wipes.

Statistics prove that people 65 years and older are at higher risk for getting a severe case of COVID-19, so I encourage other creative ways to celebrate without gathering in-person. Many families are planning on celebrating together virtually through video chat, which is unconventional but a safe way to celebrate. A meal could also be delivered for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

There is no doubt that this year has tested us, as we all know someone or have lost someone due to this virus. As Choctaws, resilience is in our blood - we will get through this together. I wish you all health and happiness this Christmas season and in the new year. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Virtual Veterans Day - November 2020

Every year, the Choctaw Nation honors its veterans during the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Tvshka Homma. It is an event that Chief Batton and I truly cherish. This year, due to the pandemic, a difficult decision was made not to celebrate together in person. Instead, to protect the safety and health of our veterans, we will honor our Choctaw veterans for their bravery, service, and sacrifices through a virtual Veteran's Day message online. Our veterans will receive their jackets through the mail as a way of honoring them, though not in person. You can find more information about our virtual Veterans Day on page 11 of this month's Biskinik.

Choctaws, along with other Native American tribes, have a long history of serving their country. According to the 2010 Census, over 150,000 veterans identified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates there are currently over 24,000 active duty Native service members in the U.S. Armed Forces.

During World War I, Native Americas were not recognized as citizens of the United States, yet more than 17,000 Native American men registered with the Selective Service. The largest group of Native service members came from Oklahoma. In World War II, 44,000 Native Americans served their country. During the Korean War, approximately 10,000 Native Americans served in the military. An approximate total of 42,000 Native Americans served in the Vietnam War (90% of them volunteering). After 9/11, almost 19% of Native Americans served in the Armed Forces, compared to 14% of other ethnicities. We are so thankful for our Native brothers and sisters, who have always answered the call to defend their country.

During World War I, a group of Choctaws, now known as the original Code Talkers, used the Choctaw language to form code that the enemy couldn't decipher. The 19 known Choctaw Code Talkers include Albert Billy, Mitchell Bobb, Victor Brown, Ben Carterby, Benjamin Franklin Colbert, George Edwin Davenport, Joseph Harvey Davenport, James (Jimpson) Morrison Edwards, Tobias William Frazier, Benjamin Wilburn Hampton, Noel Johnson, Otis Wilson Leader, Solomon Bond Louis, Pete Maytubby, Jeff Nelson, Joseph Oklahombi, Robert Taylor, Charles Walter Veach and Calvin Wilson. These brave young men helped the U.S. and its allies win the war. Joseph Oklahombi was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, a long-overdue recognition. To read more about Oklahombi, check out page 11 of this month's issue of the Biskinik.

There have been countless Tvshka Chahta's who have bravely served and sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms throughout the years. On behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, I say, "Yakoke!" to all who have and continue to serve. May God bless all of our warriors, past, present and future.

Domestic Violence Awareness - October 2020

October is set aside to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Alarming statistics report that approximately 24 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the U.S., according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Studies show Native women and men in the U.S. experience domestic violence at alarmingly high rates. More than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women and men have experienced violence in their lifetime. According to a study by the National Institute of Justice, more than one in three experienced violence in the past year. The NIJ also says that 84% of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. In addition, domestic and intimate partner violence have been linked to many Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women cases.

Domestic violence awareness and prevention is a crucial issue for us at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. These statistics have driven us to seek change through offering numerous programs and services to help our tribal members remove themselves from domestic violence situations. The programs we offer include Project SERV, Family Violence Prevention, Choctaw Nation Victim Assistance and Project EMPOWER.

Project EMPOWER provides rental and utility assistance, gas vouchers, home visits, healing circles, court advocacy, safety planning and goal setting. Having been recently awarded $825,643 from the Department of Justice, Project EMPOWER will be able to provide services to at least 125 Native American victims per year, bringing them from victims to survivors.

The Family Violence Prevention Program has also been awarded over $1.93 million from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) this fiscal year. These grant funds are not a tribal specific but can be used to assist victims and families of any nationality or race, who reside within the 10.5 counties of the Choctaw Nation.

The Family Violence Prevention Program provides face-to-face and in-home educational services to our Choctaw families that have experienced intimate partner violence and have involvement by either the state Child Welfare Department or our internal Indian Child Welfare offices.

The COVID-19 virus put a damper on those in-home and face-to-face contacts with clients since March. However, the Choctaw Nation has continued these services by utilizing Zoom, Facetime, Google Duo, and other virtual platforms to stay connected to clients in these programs. Services, including legal advocacy, have continued but are now delivered much differently from before. In-home, face-to-face services resumed in September, but our employees will revert back to virtual options should the need arise for the safety of our workers and tribal members.

The Choctaw Nation Family Violence Prevention Program also has received over $500,000 in FVPSA CARES Act funds to prevent, prepare and respond to the pandemic. These funds are being used to enhance the health and safety measures already in place for associates of the Family Violence Prevention Program and provide information from the CDC to our communities and families.

Yakoke to the dedicated employees who provide the services to our tribal members who have experienced or are currently experiencing Domestic Violence. Their kind, compassionate, and caring hearts for our people truly reflect the Chahta spirit of faith, family and culture.

If you are in a domestic abuse situation and do not know how to seek help, contact a Family Violence Prevention Social Worker today at 800-522-6170. If you live outside the 10.5 counties and need help, you may also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233. Deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired individuals may use their TTY line at 800-787-3224. The Native specific hotline, StrongHearts, also offers culturally appropriate support and advocacy from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The hotline can be reached at 844-762-8483.

You're Not Alone  - September2020

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. It is hard to believe that we are already nine months into 2020. This year has been challenging for many, as COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way. Necessary public health precautions such as social distancing and self-isolation can intensify feelings of loneliness. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming for many people. Coping with grief, stress and anxiety is essential to our overall well-being and mental health.

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death worldwide. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. was in a suicide crisis. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, more than 48,000 people died by suicide in 2018. In the same year, more than 1.4 million people in America attempted suicide. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), receives millions of cars per year. Recent reports have started to show an increase in calls as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Estimates show a 300% increase in call volume during mid-2020.

Taking care of our mental health is essential. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are treatable, and most people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care.

If you are noticing changes to your mental health, or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help. You are not alone, and your life is essential. Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of, and talking about our mental health is so important. Talk to your loved ones, ask a medical professional or call a hotline. Take the steps necessary to be the healthiest you. I encourage all of you to check out the story on page 11 of this month's issue of the Biskinik. It goes deeper into this subject, and what resources are available to you.

Remember, if you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You are not alone, and help is available

Annual Labor Day Festival Canceled - August 2020 

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. My heart goes out to everyone who is sick and those that have lost loved ones from COVID-19.

This virus is still a serious situation, and we must continue to take the necessary precautions to slow the spread. Numbers have continued to surge across the country and right here in Oklahoma. We at the Choctaw Nation have continued to monitor the situation closely, as the health and safety of our tribal members, associates and visitors are still important to us. During this time, we have had to make difficult but necessary decisions to protect public health and safety.

We recently decided to cancel our annual Labor Day Festival. This would have been the 73rd annual festival. Our tribe is deeply connected to this festival, as it has always been a time for us to gather and celebrate our faith, family and culture. Our festival has changed drastically over the years. What started as a small gathering of Chahta families grew into a massive celebration with thousands of visitors and big-name entertainment. We all look forward to attending the festival every year and connecting. However, this year safety takes precedence over fun.

The decision to cancel wasn't made lightly. We felt that protecting each other from this virus was more important than gathering in person. No matter where we are or how we celebrate our heritage, the Chahta Spirit is within us. Chief will still give his State of the Nation address virtually this year. Even in times like this, we have so much to celebrate. We are a nation of strong and resilient individuals. I encourage you to remember that our ancestors passed their strength down to us. We will get through this together.

Chahta Culture Lives on for Future Generations - July 2020

Over the past few months, we've discussed the importance of faith and family during these uncertain times. This month, I would like to focus on our Choctaw culture and some of our resources that preserve our heritage.

Culture is an essential part of the Choctaw way of life, and we want to keep our traditions alive for our generations to come. The Choctaw Nation takes great pride in preserving and celebrating our many unique traditions for future generations. We want to continue passing these traditions on to our youth and sharing the Chahta spirit.

We have year-round language classes that are taught online through our Choctaw School of Language. Our teachers, many of whom are first-language speakers, take pride in keeping our language alive. It is a wonderful experience to see our language taught in classrooms across Oklahoma and to students from so many different backgrounds. It is up to all of us to pass our language on to future generations, and our language department is doing a great job of keeping our language alive.

As we get closer to the opening of our Choctaw Nation Cultural Center in Durant this fall, I cannot wait for our story to be shared through its state-of-the-art exhibits. Our Cultural Services department has worked so hard to develop these exhibits. This beautiful facility will help us preserve our heritage and share our history with the world.

While we still practice social distancing, the Hina Hanta Project website is a great way to learn about Choctaw culture. Visit hinahanta.choctawnation.com to view curated Choctaw artifacts and art pieces. This is a great resource to use while we wait for the Cultural Center to open and for COVID-19 to slow down.

Another way to get in touch with your Chahta roots is to try out a traditional meal. Recipes for traditional foods like banaha, tanchi labona and wild onions have been passed down through Choctaw families for generations. There are several traditional Choctaw recipes available on our website, choctawnation.com/history-culture/heritage-traditions/food.

Our annual Labor Day festival is always a great opportunity for us to celebrate our culture. Due to COVID-19, we will have to celebrate a little differently. This year's festival will be held Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 at Tvshka Homma.

We will be approaching this year's Labor Day Festival with a commitment to celebrating our tribal culture while having an awareness of public health. The event schedule is being narrowed to focus on cultural events and activities. All concerts and festival rides have been canceled. We will also take a virtual approach to the State of the Nation Address. Chief Batton's annual address will be available Sept. 7 across Choctaw Nation's digital channels, including, Facebook, YouTube and website. Even though we are celebrating in a different way, we are still getting to celebrate our culture together. Always celebrate our Chahta people and our rich culture.

Family More Important Than Ever - June 2020

Living out the Chahta spirit of faith, family and culture. That is the vision of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. You've heard us say it many times. We are strong in our faith and proud of our culture. But there is a reason family is in the middle of our vision. It is the glue that keeps everything together. Family is the foundation of everything we do as a nation. Without family, there would be no one to pass down our faith or culture. Even when we migrate from one place to another, we carry on our family traditions with us.

In times like this, family is essential. It is the central axis of all we do. Our families keep us grounded and pick us up when we're down. Social distancing can make feelings of isolation even stronger. Leaning on our families for help and keeping each other company is so important for our mental health. Due to the pandemic, many families have had extra time to spend with each other. Hopefully, you've gotten to slow down and make memories to cherish forever. It was so awesome to get to walk with my family in honor of our ancestors who walked the Trail of Tears. COVID-19 might have prevented us from gathering in a large group to walk in our annual Trail of Tears Walk, but it didn't stop families and individuals from honoring their ancestors. It was so great to see the pictures many of you sent to us on social media for the Virtual Trail of Tears Walk. No matter what is happening around us, we are still Chahta strong.

Family is often defined as all of the descendants of a common ancestor. We, as members of the Choctaw Nation, are connected by the Chahta blood running through our veins.

Our ancestors were strong and determined when they were forced to leave their homelands and were exposed to disease and suffering. However, they never lost sight of the future. They kept their faith and took care of their families. They knew that one day things would be better and that there was hope in the future. Thanks to their perseverance and determination, we are who we are today.

I know during this pandemic it has been difficult to stay positive but I hope you can take comfort in knowing that our ancestors were strong, and have passed on that same strength so we can overcome adversity in times like this. Lean on your family, slow down, enjoy this time together and eventually, things will go back to normal and we will go back to our busy lives.

Keeping Faith in Uncertain Times - May 2020

COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of our daily lives almost overnight. In order to protect ourselves, our families and others, we began to practice social distancing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the Choctaw Nation, we have had to make many difficult decisions to help keep our people safe. The health and safety of our tribal members, associates and patrons are of the utmost importance to us. With that in mind, we decided to temporarily close our casinos for the first time in 32 years. We also made the decision to close the doors of our wellness and community centers as well as our tribal headquarters and other facilities. In addition, we have encouraged work from home policies for our employees where applicable. We rescheduled concerts and made the decision to cancel and postpone many of our annual tribal events. One of those events was our annual Easter Celebration in Tvshka Homma.

Everyone had to celebrate Easter a little differently this year, but that didn't stop us from participating in the holiday. It was so great to see churches live stream services and hold drive-in worship. Many families were able to spend time with each other virtually via video chat. Some communities were able to celebrate Easter in creative ways while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Durant held a drive-by Easter egg hunt downtown. Local fire departments held Easter egg events where they helped the Easter Bunny bring eggs right to people's front yards. Communities like Wilburton held social distancing Easter egg hunts, where individuals place pictures of Easter eggs on their front porches for children to spot on walks. Even though a global pandemic was taking place, it didn't stop our communities from celebrating. The true meaning of Easter isn't gathering in groups, it is honoring the resurrection of Christ and his gift of sacrifice.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

The story of Easter is one of sacrifice, rebirth, restoration, and a message we can all find comfort in at this time. When all is said and done, there is hope in the wake of the storm. Life always finds a way in the end. Keeping faith during times of uncertainty is helpful. At the moment, we don't know what the future holds. People are sick and dying. Many have lost their jobs or are uncertain about their future. My heart goes out to everyone affected personally by the pandemic. We must have faith, stay strong and take care of each other. We can and will get through this. I would encourage everyone to hold on to God's promises that are true every day, not just the one day on the calendar when we celebrate Easter

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18.

Camp Deadlines Fast Approaching - April 2020

It is hard to believe, but summertime is right around the corner. For schools in Oklahoma, summer break will begin sometime in May. Now is the time to start making those summer plans as a family. If you are looking into summer camps, I would suggest checking out our Choctaw Nation Youth Events and Activities summer camps.

Each year, thousands of Choctaw youth take part in YEA summer camps. These camps are a fun and productive way for our young tribal members to spend their summer break. The program offers a wide variety of athletic, cultural and educational day camps. Many of these day camps are offered in two sessions. South camps are for districts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10, while north camps are for districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12. This helps cut down on group sizes and helps foster a sense of community. Each camp offers a different experience. No matter what your child is into, there is most likely a camp for that.

All camps take place in Tvshka Homma, unless otherwise posted. Golf camp will be hosted at the Arrowhead Golf Course in Canadian, Okla. and basketball camps will be held at various locations throughout the 10½ counties. Transportation is available for all camps, except for basketball. Participants must be a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma or a child of a current Choctaw Nation employee. They must also be between the ages of 8 and 18 on the first day of camp. Children must be a minimum age of 10 to participate in either wildlife or golf camp.

This year's lineup includes golf north and south, stickball north and south, softball north and south, baseball north and south, cultural north and south, wildlife conservation north and south, cheer, football, basketball McAlester High School, basketball Talihina High School, basketball Carl Albert State College, basketball Wilburton High School, basketball Broken Bow High School and basketball Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

For 23 years, our tribe has offered these camps as a free service to our youth. Our Youth Events and Activities team works hard every year to make these camps a possibility. I am so proud of the work they continue to do. Without our employees offering their hard work and time, these summer camps would not be possible. The goal of the Youth Events and Activities team is to continue to improve upon the success of the program each year.

It is so important for our youth to have opportunities like this. Instead of sitting at home, they get to go outdoors, be active and socialize. Experiences like these are essential in developing positive and productive lives. Camps are not only an opportunity to learn, but they are also a safe environment to meet new friends, build life skills and just have fun.

I hope to see more of our young people take part in our summer camps this year. Members must visit our Chahta Achvffa member portal to apply. The deadline to enroll for summer camps is April 15. To find out more about these summer camps, please visit http://www.choctawnation.com/youth-events-and-activities or contact Youth Events and Activities at 800-522-6170 or youthevents@choctawnation.com.

Livestock Shows Teach Important Life Skills - March 2020

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma held its 28th annual livestock shows in Durant and Wilburton on Feb. 1 and 2. Hundreds of tribal members in grades third through twelfth showed up to the two-day event to showcase their pigs, goats, sheep, heifers and steers. Each year, this event continues to grow, and it is so great to see our young people take an interest in showing livestock. Chief, Tribal Council, and I all had the opportunity to speak to so many bright young people who are the future of our agriculture industry.

Showing livestock and associated programs like 4-H and FFA help build life skills and develop character traits that will help young people in the future. I'm not sure how familiar all of you are with livestock shows, but taking care of show animals is a lot of work. These young men and women learn how to select, feed, fit, groom and properly show their animals. They learn how to vaccinate, keep records, add costs and weigh them against future profits. These students take on daily responsibilities that come with showing animals. I don't know if you've seen someone clip, groom and blow dry a cow, but it takes a lot of patience.

Our agricultural department has done so much over the past couple of years to take this event to the next level. This year, they streamlined the registration process by going fully digital - participants registered by going to the Choctaw Nation's website. Everything was located in one place, making the entry process more user-friendly.

If you are interested in participating in our livestock show next year, there are a few requirements. Participants must be a member of 4-H or FFA; must be a student between third and twelfth grade; and must be no older 19 on the day of the show. There are no boundary guidelines for the livestock show, and participants do not have to live or go to school in the 10½ counties.

We would love to see even more student participation in our livestock show next year. If you have any questions about this event or our agriculture department, please visit choctawnation.com or call 580-924-8280. I hope to see you at next year's show.

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Hunting and Fishing Compact Extended - February 2020

On Dec. 30, 2019, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Department of Wildlife Conservation signed an extension to the Hunting and Fishing Compact through Dec. 31, 2020.

I'm so glad we were able to come to an agreement on this important compact that benefits both our tribal members and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Back in August, we began discussions for the renewal of this compact with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. Our proposal guaranteed sales and revenue for the vital department. Most don't know that the Department of Wildlife Conservation is funded by the sales of hunting and fishing licenses and matching federal funds. This department and its roughly 350 employees are responsible for managing Oklahoma's fish and wildlife resources and habitats. We were able to partner with Oklahoma Department of Wildlife for another year, and that contributes to both parties' interest in protecting our state's natural resources while encouraging more people to enjoy the great outdoors. I look forward to keeping this partnership for years to come.

The extension agreement means that we will continue to offer this service as usual in 2020. I've noticed a few comments voicing concern and confusion on social media. I want to give you all a little bit of information to help ease these concerns and explain the process of applying for a Choctaw Hunting and Fishing License.

These licenses do auto-renew meaning you do not have to complete a new application unless your address has changed. The Department of Wildlife Conservation began processing auto-renewals and new tribal member applications Jan. 2, 2020. For those who are interested in receiving a 2020 hunting and fishing license, but did not have one in 2019, I encourage you to apply. Tribal members can do so by going online to the Chahta Achvffa member portal to fill out the application. Applicants may also request an application from the Choctaw Nation Tribal State Licenses Department at 800-522-6170. Members under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian apply for them. If you already have a lifetime license through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, I encourage you to apply for a tribal license. This license affords you a land access permit to the Three Rivers and Honobia Creek wildlife areas that does not come with the lifetime license.

Once the application is received, the Choctaw Nation will confirm the membership and information needed to qualify for the licenses under the compact. The Choctaw Nation will then send approved applications to the State. The State will issue the licenses.

The 2020 hunting and fishing license will be available on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife website, license.gooutdoorsoklahoma.com, to be printed or downloaded as needed. For added convenience, there is now an app, Go Outdoors Oklahoma, for your Android or Apple device.

Hunting and fishing will be open to compact hunters in all 77 counties in Oklahoma. That does not include tribal land. Tribal members age 16 and over will receive the following privileges: an annual hunting and fishing combination license; a trapping license; a bobcat, raccoon, river otter, gray and red fox license, i.e., furbearer license; state waterfowl stamp; up to four turkey licenses; up to six deer licenses, exclusive of bonus licenses; waived access fee to Three Rivers and Honobia Creek wildlife management areas; and a land access permit. Tribal members under the age of 15 will receive a hunting and fishing combination license, one deer license and one turkey license.

 
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