The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma held its 14th annual Outstanding Elder Banquet Nov. 1 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant. Outstanding elders from all of the districts were recognized and enjoyed a special evening held in their honor.
Two of the nominees were chosen from the tribe’s 17 community centers as this year’s top male and female elders, judged by a panel of three to be awarded for their exceptional accomplishments. This year’s Outstanding Elders are Willie Walley of District 9, Durant, and Carolyn Bohanan of District 7, Wright City.
Also recognized were:
District 1 – Idabel: Don Williams and Ida Crosby
District 2 – Broken Bow: Ivan Battiest and Barbara Battiest
District 2 – Bethel: Virginia Jefferson
District 3 – Smithville: Jimmy Lowman and Shirley Lowman
District 3 – Talihina: Eugene McGee and Patti Atwood
District 4 – Poteau: Leland Wolfe and Naomi Jean Evans
District 4.5 – Spiro: Johnny Cox and Dorothy Downing
District 5 – Stigler: Johnnie Garland and Amelia Steen
District 6 – Wilburton: Ralph Adcock and Linda Lawrence
District 7 – Antlers: Wallan McKnight and Beatrice Williston
District 7 – Wright City: Ellis D. Taylor
District 8 – Hugo: Eddie Wood and Dorothy Glenn
District 9 – Durant: Gaylia Green
District 10 – Atoka: Jim Lloyd and Maricie Smith
District 11 – McAlester: Emanuel Sexton and Carol Scott
District 12 – Crowder: Auston Rodgers and Sylvia Horton
District 12 – Coalgate: Maggie Anderson
Chief Gregory E. Pyle and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Outstanding Elders for 2012 – Willie Walley of District 9, Durant, and Carolyn Bohanan of District 7, Wright City.