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Mission Statement

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Learning and Development family is committed to progressing and developing the skills of all associates. Learning and Development is where knowledge meets our 9 Core Values and creates unique learning opportunities, which continue to support the culture and tradition of Choctaw Nation.

Our Philosophy of Learning and Development

“An education which acknowledges the full intellectual and social meaning of a vocation would include instruction in the historic background of present conditions; training in science to give intelligence and initiative in dealing with material and agencies of production; and study of economics, civics, and politics, to bring the future worker into touch with the problems of the day and the various methods proposed for its improvement. Above all, it would train power of readaptation to changing conditions so that future workers would not become blindly subject to a fate imposed upon them.”

-Excerpt from John Dewey’s Democracy in Education (1916).

New Hire Orientation

Halito and Welcome On-Board!

In an effort to make New Hire Orientation (NHO) as streamlined and effective as possible, the Learning and Development team has created a new 2-day schedule, which will take effect on Monday, June 4th! Starting a new job can lead to confusion, excitement, and even some nerve-racking experiences. One may have uncertainties about how their new organization works. Simple questions like “When will I get paid?” or “Where is the breakroom?” can all be addressed in the New Hire Orientation. More importantly, NHO explains the mission, vision, culture, and benefits that the Choctaw Nation provides for each associate through this exciting on-boarding process.

Effective June 4th, the Durant location will move to the new headquarters building and will be held in the Hardened Room on the lower level of the West wing.
If you require any special accommodations, including assistance getting to the lower level, contact Paul Roberts at

Please reach out to Wanda Vanderveen with any questions by emailing


Durant – Ashley Franklin (580) 924-8280 x4439
Hugo/Grant/Idabel – John Detten (580) 775-0794
McAlester – Brenner Billy (580) 924-8280 x2220
Pocola – Adrian Hinkle (580) 380-1086
Talihina – Jamie Bullock (918) 567-7000 x6857

Upcoming NHO Schedule:

May 21 - 23
May 29 - 31
June 4th & 5th
June 11th & 12th
June 18th & 19th
June 25th & 26th

Starting June 4th, the Durant NHO Location will Change! Note the new locations below.

Training venues:

Durant (May 21 through 23 & May 29 through 31 Only) - Choctaw Resort Yannish Room.
Durant Day 1 (Beginning June 4th) - New H.Q. Complex hardened room
Durant Day 2 (Beginning June 4th) - Group will split between the New H.Q. Complex hardened room and the Casino Yannish Room.
Grant - Choctaw Casino Firehouse Dining Rm.
Hugo - Community Center #2
Idabel - Choctaw Nation Human Resources Bldg.
McAlester - Choctaw Nation Health Clinic
Pocola - Choctaw Casino
Talihina - Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority Admin. Bldg.