|Updated: 1/09 3:37 pm
||Published: 1/09 3:36 pm
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma received a boost from the White House in their fight against long-term poverty on Thursday.
“Too many communities no matter how hard you work, it feels like your destiny already been determined for you before you took that first step,” said President Barack Obama.
The president named the Choctaw Nation a Promise Zone, one of five nationwide.
Being a Promise Zone means tax incentives and grants to help those in southeast Oklahoma create jobs and improve health care.
Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle talked to FOX23 about the program.
“Hopefully what this gives us is access. We're not asking for big handouts, we just want to have expertise and have people help us over the hump,” said Pyle.
Chief Pyle also met face-to-face with President Obama to discuss the new program.