ADA — Patricia Greenwood Cox is encouraging Chickasaw citizens to take time to vote, hoping voters support her to become a Chickasaw legislator. Cox said she has built relationships with Chickasaw people in the Pontotoc District and is making personal visits to ask for their vote.

“Even though our tribe is doing well economically, there is much to be done for the people,” said Cox. She said the progress of the tribe has put it in a better position to help improve peoples’ lives. Having worked for the tribe for more than 20 years, Cox said, “People still need the same things they did 20 years ago, homes, health care, education and jobs.

“I relate to Chickasaws. I was born and raised Chickasaw. I know the language, culture, ways and traditions of my people,” Cox said. “If we don’t do more for education in our young people, like teaching them the language, we will lose it. If we lose it, we will no longer be a tribe. I want to see more literature written in our language placed in our waiting rooms at clinics and where programs are offered.”

As a legislator, Cox says she will listen and be a voice for the people, not forgetting they are the ones that put her in office. Cox said she plans to report to the people personally, updating them on what the legislature is doing.

“Chickasaw people have told me if they vote me in office, they want to see me now and then, and I plan on it,” Cox said.

Cox said she plans to support the out-of-district senior prescription program, assisted living program, sick-child day care and be open-minded in promoting the welfare of the Chickasaw people.

“I support to the max the sick-child day care, especially for the single parents trying to make ends meet. This program will be a great help so they won’t have to miss work,” she said.

Cox is currently serving as president of the Ada Chickasaw Community Council working with Gov. Bill Anoatubby’s liaison. “We meet to inform the community of programs available and bring in speakers that are familiar with how the programs work,” Cox said.

Cox has been a senior site manager and currently does volunteer work with Ada Chickasaw seniors.

“I think we should have a Mrs. Chickasaw Senior to join our princess royalty, maybe even a male ambassador to represent the nation at events,” Cox said.

Cox said she is concerned many Chickasaws may be on welfare programs because they lack job skills and live in rural areas. She said she plans to promote Chickasaw training centers for those that want to learn skills and work for tribal businesses.

“We need to help our people and take actions that support our mission, to improve the quality of life for Chickasaw people,” Cox said. “I’m uniquely qualified to be a legislator for the Chickasaw people. I’m 15/16 Chickasaw. I’ve worked as a CHR, a licensed EMT, taught CPR and First Aid courses. I graduated from Latta High School and attended ECU classes in human resources. I have gained a lot of experience in programs for seniors and in cultural resources. Working with people you get to know their needs as proud people of the Chickasaw Nation,” Cox said.

Cox is the granddaughter of Barney McCoy Greenwood and Annie Holden Factor, original full-blood enrollee. Her parents, Geraldine Factor Greenwood and the late Virgil Jackson Greenwood, lived on the original family allotment in Johnston County.

“The property has not been divided, it’s still in my grandmother’s name. We all use it as a getaway,” said Cox. She has been married to Jimmy Dale Cox for 17 years. Her daughters are Kimberly Abbottt and Teeoti Littlefield. Her grandchildren are Colby Shea Howard, Shannon Virgil Littlefield, Laurice Littlefield, Madlyn Grace Littlefield and Sydney Abbott.