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Jordan Dill
Jordan Dill

Jordan Dill graduated with her RN degree from Connors State College in Warner, OK.Her story is best told in her own words.


"I would first like to thank God and the Choctaw Nation for all the help I received in getting my RN degree in nursing. I have 2 small children and my husband works out of state and is only home every 21 days. Taking care of them, our home and going to school definitely was a challenge, but I knew this was what I wanted to do. With the help of Choctaw Nation, I was able to attend college without worrying about the costs and they were always just a phone call away if I had any questions. The people who work in the offices were always so helpful. I would like to encourage every Native American to go forward and continue their education. I am a perfect example of success. I am employed by Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, OK and I love & enjoy my job and look forward to it every day. Again, thanks Choctaw Nation for all you have done to help me accomplish my dream."


Ten Steps To Get Your Retirement Back On Track

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Retirement accounts have been ravaged in recent weeks, but that doesn't mean it's too late to get your retirement back on track--even if you're in your 40s or 50s. Here are some concrete steps to ensure that you'll have enough money left for your Golden Years.


Evaluate your cash flow.

The first step to getting your retirement plan back on track is taking a look at your income-and where it's going. Financial advisor Lance Roberts recommends putting away at least 30% of gross income every month.

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Career Advice


How to approach a small-town job search


Justin Thompson, CareerBuilder Writer, shares his thoughts on job searching in small-town America: 


A lot of career advice targets workers in moderately sized cities who have more access to job opportunities. Rural communities have a limited number of companies and a population competing for fewer jobs. How can a worker from a smaller town make an impression on a company without being a pest?  Read more

Best Certifications for Boosting Your Salary


by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt,

Want to make more money doing the job you already have? The answer might be to go back to school. Certain certifications often mean the difference between pulling down a middling salary and making serious dough.   

Online salary database has put together the following list of winning certifications and the difference in annual pay between the certification haves and have-nots.

1. Tax Preparer

Tax preparers do taxes for individuals and small businesses. Typically, you must have at least an associate's degree to be a tax preparer, but it's worth it to shell out for the extra education. Certified public accountants typically make 35 percent more than tax preparers without certification. 


         Certification to Get: Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

         Median Pay (Holding Certification): $43,800

         Median Pay (Not Holding Certification): $32,400

         Typical Pay Increase: 35 percent

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July 2012                    

NABRC Program
Top Reasons to Write a Business Plan for Your Startup Business


By Jill Reyna-Coordinator-Native American Business Resource Center


  1. A business plan acts as a road map for your new venture. Without it, you are literally driving blindly. You would not start off on a trip to an unvisited destination without a map, so why start a business without one? It gives you a clear set of measures and milestones against which you will run the business. It is your map to the future and you will use it to track the progress of the business and then keep adjusting the plan as you change your assumptions to fit the changing financial, high-tech and social environment.
  2. It forces you to take all the great ideas about this business and translate them into words. As you do that, it brings clarity to a lot of the concepts that are in your head (which someone else can't do for you.) It gives you the confidence that you know what you are doing.
  3. It will test the feasibility of your idea. Without actually starting the business, this is the only way to find out if your business can succeed. In this sense, the business plan is your safety net; writing a business plan can save you a great deal of time and money, especially if working through the business plan reveals that your business idea is unsound. Often, an idea for starting a business is discarded at the marketing analysis or competitive analysis stage, freeing you to move on to a new (and better) idea.
  4. By making a list all of the ongoing expenses and taking a good guess at how many months it will take before you begin to bring in income, and then pairing that with the start-up expenses, you will have an exact amount of start-up capital that will be needed for you to go into business and stay in business until you start to generate enough revenue.
  5. If you need financing, the bank will want to see your plan to understand how you will pay the loan back and if you have the necessary skills to run the business. You will need to understand everything in the plan so you can defend it when questions are asked.
  6. It will force you to do research on your competition, market and customers.
  7. You will have to do some soul searching to assess your own skills, then study up in your weak areas, hire that area out or take on a partner to fill in the gaps where necessary.

In the end, a business will not succeed or fail based on the information provided in a business plan, but a business plan can help a business idea grow into a successful business through focused planning and forethought.

For personal assistance with your business idea, call the Native American Business Resource Center -(580)920-2260 ext. 2608 or Email: 



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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

OKCIC named by OKCBiz Magazine as one of the "Best Places to Work in Oklahoma" 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012!


Click here to read the article!


OKCIC is a not-for-profit corporation that provides a wide variety of health care services to Native American individuals and their families, who face medical and behavioral challenges. We have a wide variety of programs available to our clients including preventative care, ambulatory care, illness management, dental services, Optometry, Radiology and many more.  Our extensive behavioral care programs center on living the healthiest life possible -- physically and spiritually -- the Native way.


OKCICs over 100 highly trained employees serve more than 20,000 individuals and their families each year at our Oklahoma City location.  We are proud to be of service to our people and are looking for others in the community with a call to help.  


If you, like us, are the best at what you do, have pride in your professionalism, have an outstanding work ethic and excellent attitude, OKCIC is for you!

At OKCIC, workers receive:

  • A competitive salary
  • A generous fringe benefit package
  • Work with professional and friendly co-workers
  • A unique opportunity to provide health care services to the Native population in a comprehensive ambulatory clinic.
  • Click here to download an application so you can become one of our valued employees here at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. 


Fax your application/resume:       405-948-4927

Email your resume to:

Mail your resume to:  4913 West Reno   Oklahoma City, OK 73127


Questions? Call the Human Relations department at (405) 948-4900, ext. 375.  Indian preference hiring laws apply. 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation ♦ Equal Opportunity Employer



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Denison, TX-Paris, TX
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