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Career Development offers a variety of opportunities for tribal members to take a part in. One young family has taken advantage of the opportunities put in front of them. Sheldon and Christina Page of Pushmataha County received educational assistance and were members of the Choctaw Asset Building program to save money for a down payment for their first home.


Sheldon completed a four week truck driver training program at Arbuckle Truck Driving Schooland is currently working for McGraw Oil in Antlers. Sheldon's training has opened up several doors for him that will allow him to always to care of his family.


Christiana was a certified home health aide who went through the nurse prep classes with Career Development to help her with the skills she needed to gain entrance into the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at Kiamichi Technology Center.


Christina enjoyed the flexibility of the nurse prep program. The instructors worked with her and her schedule, allowing her to attend classes that she felt would benefit her the most in being accepted into nursing school.


She also obtained her Gold Career Readiness Certificate. Since Christina had already received her CRC before she started nursing school, she was able to focus on her nursing studies while other students were working on their CRC along with their nursing classes. Christina graduated from her 11 month long nursing program June 15, 2011 and works at Aspire Home Care in Hugo. 

The Page's saved money for a year and 8 months for their CAB account before hitting their savings goal. By this time, they had found the home they wanted and the timing was right for family.

The Pages would like other tribal members to know, "Use all the resources that the Choctaw Nation has to offer because it can open up a lot of doors into helping have a bright future that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

"We appreciate all that the Choctaw Nation has done for us and given to us.  Because of you we have good jobs and a nice home to be able to support and raise our family in."  


Prepaid debit cards carry fistful of fees
By Claes Bell *


Debit Cards Best Prepaid Debit Cards Prepaid Debit Cards Carry Fistful Of Fees


Prepaid debit cards are among the most controversial financial products. Celebrities endorse them. Many consumer advocates revile them. But there's no denying they're incredibly popular.

Americans made more than 5 billion transactions on prepaid debit cards in 2010, and that volume shows no sign of slowing, says Madeline Aufseeser, a senior analyst at Aite Group in Boston.

"It has grown across the board," she says. "This is a now a mainstream product."

While prepaid debit cards come in a variety of flavors, which include single-use gift cards and payroll cards, general-purpose reloadable, or GPR, cards are the ones designed to bridge the gap between cash and a full-on checking account or credit card. Users can load money on general-purpose cards by using direct deposit or by loading cash or checks at retail locations. Read more. 




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 The 2012 Reservation Economic Summit A Huge Success! 


The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's 2012 Reservation Economic Summit (RES) held February 27th - March 1st, 2012 was a resounding success and officially becomes the largest RES ever. With representation from Tribal Nations, Tribal Enterprises, Corporations and hundreds of Native American entrepreneurs - RES 2012 gathered nearly 4,000 persons at its new home at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino and Resort located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more.


RES Oklahoma is coming!

November 15 & 16 in Tulsa, OK


This is an exciting NEW two-day multifaceted event that features:


American Indian Business Conference

Networking, Team Opportunities, Business Development

American Indian Procurement Fair

37th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards 

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Choctaw Nation Native American Business Resource Center has been established!
The Choctaw Native American Business Resource Center (NABRC) is focused on helping create and expand Native American owned businesses through technical assistance.  Services offered include:  assistance with business taxes, website development, marketing strategy, preparation of financial statements, writing a business plan and procuring financing.  We offer one-on-one counseling, as well as, small and large group sessions to achieve the goals of owning a business. 
Jill Reyna is the coordinator for the program.  She brings a diverse background to the arena, including experience in not only running several successful busineses, but knowledge in sales, marketing, and advertising, as well.
Statistics show that one in three businesses fail by their second year, mainly ecause of poor planning in the beginning.  With a solid business plan in hand, our intent is to help businesses beat these odds and succeed!
For more information, visit the NABRC webpage here.  


7 Things You Should Say In An Interview


April 20, 2010 | Filed Under Business, Careers, Personal Finance


Today's job market is as competitive as ever. You need to be able to effectively communicate you skill set so that you will give yourself the best competitive advantage to secure employment. During the interview process, you want to highlight as many of your strengths as possible. An easy way to do this is by slipping a few simple phrases into your next job interview. Here are seven things you should say in an interview. (For related reading, check out Taking The Lead In The Interview Dance.)



In Pictures:

1. I am very familiar with what your company does.
Letting a prospective employer know that you are familiar with what a company does shows that you have a legitimate interest in the business and are not just wasting their time. Do your homework before arriving for an interview. Check out the company website for information about products and services. Search for the latest transactions and pertinent business news. (Want to get work on Wall Street? Check out

Be sure to let the interviewer know that you are familiar with the newest company acquisition or the latest product that was just developed. Explain how your skills and experience are a perfect fit for the employer.

Employer Spotlight: McAlester Regional Health Center


Career Development is excited to establish McAlester Regional Health Center as our new large employer partner.  MRHC is one of the largest health facilities within the Choctaw Nation service area, and they continually seek highly-skilled health care professionals which enable them to provide top-notch services to their patients. MRHC's current job openings are available on


McAlester Regional Health Center is a 171 bed not-for-profit health care facility. MRHC has received recognition for meeting and exceeding strict standards of care and administration of services as determined and evaluated by DNV Healthcare Inc., the American College of Radiology, the College of American Pathologists, and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities.


MRHC, located in the center of southeastern Oklahoma, serves Pittsburg County and surrounding areas reaching into the counties of Atoka, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, McIntosh, and Pushmataha.


MRHC's active medical staff includes 21 medical specialties including: Allergy, Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency Care, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Obstetrics, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Urology.   The health center is devoted to a continuum of care offering a variety of health care services to the citizens of Southeast Oklahoma. Educational programs and support groups provide residents an open forum for healthcare information.


More than 600 employees partner with MRHC physicians to provide care that makes a difference in the lives of patients and their families.  They represent a variety of backgrounds, skills, and achievements.  MRHC employees are dedicated to treatment of the ill and to education for continued health of the well.  Their dedication is matched by a commitment to quality, compassion, and cost effectiveness.


MRHC Diagnostics Imaging department offers a full range of services such as Cardiac Catheterization, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Echo/Ultrasound, Cat Scan, Mammography, Bone Density, and Diagnostic X-ray.


MRHC Home Health Care offers services including skilled nursing care, home health aides, certified nurse aides, physical, speech and occupational therapy, home infusion therapy, and medical social services.  Home Health is accredited by JCAHO and is Medicare certified.


The Van Buren House is a residential community for individuals who are able to live independently or with minimal assistance.  It features 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Basic services available to all residents include 3 meals a day, medication administration, social services, housekeeping, and maintenance.  Licensed staff members are available 24 hours a day.


W.E. Allford Dialysis Unit - MRHC and Dr. Jon McCauley entered into a joint partnership to provide a updated and expanded new dialysis unit..The new unitnowprovides 12 stations for outpatient hemodialysis therapy.  Treatments are available Monday through Saturday.


MRHC hosts an ediba Oklahoma Diabetes Center of Excellence site on campus.  Individual counseling, classes, nutritional counseling, and other resources and information are available through the program.  Certified diabetes educators conduct training and classes.  The MRHC team of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and certified diabetes educators combine their expertise to provide the highest quality of diabetes evaluation and education.


The Air Evac Lifeteam VI, hosted by MRHC, is an air-ambulance service providing rapid transport to critically ill or injured patients.  The team includes highly trained pilots, paramedics and registered nurses standing by 24 hours a day.


MRHC Rural Health Clinic in Longtown brings medical services to the rural community.  The clinic offers same day care for ill patients.  Echocardiograms and ultrasounds provided through the MRHC Mobile Sonography Service are available once a week.  Located 5 miles east of Eufaula on Highway 9, the clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at (918) 452-2330.


The McAlester Ambulatory Surgery Center, L.L.C. is a one-day surgery facility performing minimally invasive procedures.  Surgical specialties include podiatry, gynecological, opthalmological, orthopedic, general surgeries and pain management.

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