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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.

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 – Dede Stephens (580) 924-8280 x4188
Pocola – Adrian Hinkle (580) 380-1086
Talihina – Jamie Bullock (918) 567-7000 x6857

Upcoming NHO Schedule:

September 24th & 25th
October 1st & 2nd
October 8th & 9th
October 15th & 16th
October 22nd & 23rd
October 29th & 30th

Training venues:

Durant (Day 1) - New H.Q. Complex hardened room
Durant (Day 2) - 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.