The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and its division of Strategic Development awarded the town of Rattan $89,531 that will be used to match a USDA grant to enhance the community and make it a safer, more desirable place to live.
The Choctaw Development Fund is dedicated to stimulating the community and economy to create jobs and promote economic growth within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma territorial boundaries. The goal is to promote successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles of tribal members and their communities.
"Our town facilities such as, the City Hall and Community Center are in dire need of a face lift and we'll finally be able to put in a storm shelter, the first one our town will have," states Tammy Lawless, Mayor of Rattan. "We're so grateful to the Choctaw Nation and their donation. This will give citizens rejuvenated pride in their community."
The town of Rattan will be using their funds for several projects that include:
- Installing a 100-person, handicap, above-ground storm shelter
- Updating the outdated equipment and adding a generator to the community center; which also serves as the Red Cross disaster headquarters for the area
- Installing an ADA compliant parking pad in front of the community center
- Adding concrete parking in front and back of the new City Hall/Police Department
- Completing the remodel and equipping of the new City Hall
Project installation and updates will begin August 2020 and is expected to be complete by March 2021.
Photo by Choctaw Nation
Jack Austin Sr., Choctaw Nation Councilmember presented Tammy Lawless, Mayor of Ratton a check for $89,531 which will be used on several projects to enhance the town of Rattan.
About the Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with nearly 200,000 tribal members and more than 10,000 employees. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation's vision, "Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture," is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.