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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 tribeâ€™s 17 community centers as this yearâ€™s top male and female elders, judged by a panel of three to be awarded for their exceptional accomplishments. This yearâ€™s Outstanding Elders are Willie Walley of District 9, Durant, and Carolyn Bohanan of District 7, Wright City.
Recognized from District 7 as Outstanding Male Elder was: Wallan McKnight and Beatrice Williston, both of Antlers.