The Medical Center was built through a joint venture with the U.S. Indian Health Service. The tribe funded construction of the facility and has full authority for its operation. IHS has agreed to fund a large percentage of the facility’s professional staffing requirements for a period of 20 years.
“Quality health care is very important to Chickasaws,” Mrs. Green said. “As Health Care Committee Chairman, I supported the Medical Center and all the essential health care programs the tribe delivers. These are the right things to do for Chickasaws and their health.”
Education opportunities have consistently been a priority for Mrs. Green. She has been a backer of increased investment in education programs for all Chickasaws. Today, Chickasaws benefit from a myriad of education programs ranging from grants and scholarships to clothing assistance.
When Mrs. Green came into office in 1998, the tribe was investing about $1 million annually in education. Today, over $22 million is dedicated each year to helping Chickasaw students succeed.
“Education has always been a key for Chickasaws,” Mrs. Green said. “We have understood for generations that good educations lead to successful Chickasaw lives. I’m proud of our students and it is important we provide them every opportunity to grow and prosper.”
Mrs. Green was born the seventh child of hard-working parents on her mother’s Indian allotment four miles east of Fitzhugh, Okla. She married J.L. Green in 1951 and the couple became the proud parents of a son and daughter, followed by three grandchildren. After raising her children, Mrs. Green went to college and began working for the Chickasaw Nation.
Mrs. Green graduated from high school in Fitzhugh. She attended East Central University. Since 1998 she has served on all committees of the Tribal Legislature and has served as Chairman of the Health, Human Services and Education Committees.