Choctaw Nation named Promise Zone by President

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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.

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srainwater - 1/16/2014 2:53 PM
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Congratulations to all five zones selected for this wonderful project, Promise Zone. presented to the people by Presdent Obama. What a wonderful boost for Choctaw Nation,to be named one of the Promise Zone Iniaive by President Obama in 2014. Federal acknowledgement that the Promise Zone Iniative is much needed across the nation is a great step in taking an interest in the middle class citizens to improve the quality of their lives. The Promise Zone Iniaive approach includes working with local leadership, and bringing to bear the resources of a number of the President’s signature revitalization initiatives from the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Agriculture to ensure that federal programs and resources support the efforts to turn around 20 of the highest poverty urban, rural and tribal communities across the country. I am looking forward to the first results of the 5 zones selected to be a part of this historical project. Good job Prsident Obama. Howaa' Stephanie, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Economic Development Department, January 16, 2014
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