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April 17, 2014

Janeen Gray to oversee Chickasaw Community Affairs Program

Ada — Janeen (Cravatt) Gray has been appointed by Governor Bill Anoatubby to oversee the revitalized Community Affairs Program. The mission of the program is to assist citizens who have special circumstances, needs or situations.

“Janeen Gray has the experience needed to fulfill the vision of this program,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “She has the abilities needed to search for solutions to meet the needs of individuals facing unique circumstances.”

Since 1987, Chickasaw Nation programs have blossomed from about 30 to more than 260, which provide a range of services including education, health care, nutrition, housing and youth and family services.

The Community Affairs Program will work in tandem with established tribal programs to fulfill the tribe’s mission to “enhance the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people.”

The goal of the Community Affairs Program is to help Chickasaw citizens find the right program and/or service that will give them temporary support for their particular need.

“It’s the most rewarding work I have done because it offers assistance to our tribal members while encouraging their independence,” Mrs. Gray said.

Mrs. Gray has developed, implemented and managed many outreach services for Native Americans.

A graduate of McLish (OK) High School and Murray State College, Mrs. Gray resides in Ada. She has two sons, Wes and Wayne. She also has five grandchildren ages 18 months to 13 years.

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