Making a Visible Difference in Communities: Oklahoma
The Choctaw Nation, OK
The Choctaw Nation near Durant, OK requested brownfields assistance to redevelop a closed middle school complex into a native-serving Boys and Girls Club and new office space. This work included abating asbestos and lead-based paint in buildings. Other priorities included:
- improving infrastructure and providing training and technical assistance to help the Tribe comply with safe drinking water standards and build capacity
- developing Household Hazardous Waste outreach and collection events
- developing local food systems with support from the federal Local Foods, Local Places Initiative
Designation as a federal “Promise Zone” will bring additional support for local priorities.