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July 12, 2013

Green seeks re-election to Chickasaw Legislature

Ada —

Mary Jo Green is seeking re-election to the Chickasaw Legislature. Mrs. Green has represented Pontotoc District on the legislature since 1998. 

Mrs. Green’s legislative tenure has been distinguished by her dedication to Chickasaw elders, exceptional Indian health care and education opportunities.

Prior to her election, Mrs. Green worked for over 20 years at the Chickasaw Nation, principally in elder programs and services. She was, and is, a leader in building dynamic programs and engaging Chickasaw elders fully with their tribe and each other.

A confident and inspired organizer, Mrs. Green brought elders together for Indian taco sales, rummage sales and other fundraisers to help pay for the trips and activities that build elders’ lives and spirits.

“When I first started with the tribe, we came up with whatever we could,” Mrs. Green said. “Our simple mission was to serve elders well. There wasn’t a lot of money, but there were lots and lots of Chickasaw elders who became connected and achieved great things.”

From those humble beginnings, Chickasaw elders now enjoy 12 senior sites across the Chickasaw Nation where they gather for meals, classes, exercise, volunteer work and social time. Mrs. Green was the force behind the establishment of the very first Chickasaw senior site. That site was dedicated in Ada in 1980.

“I have a heart for our elders,” Mrs. Green said. “They deserve our care and our respect. We are honoring our Chickasaw cultural traditions by honoring our elders.”

A longtime advocate of quality health care for Chickasaws, Mrs. Green was an early and powerful proponent of the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center. She served as Chairman of the Chickasaw Legislature’s Health Care Committee during the planning, financing and construction of the facility.

The Medical Center, a 280,000 square-foot Indian health care operation located on Ada’s south side, was dedicated in 2009. Chickasaw Nation Health today accommodates approximately 400,000 patient visits annually.

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