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Chief Pyle retires



   The 30-year career of a man devoted to leading the Choctaw Nation to "pride, hope and success" came to a close in April. Chief Gregory E. Pyle formally announced his retirement April 24 during a huge celebration of his achievements and his 65th birthday at the Event Center in Durant.

   "My time as Chief has been the greatest adventure of my life," he told the nearly 2,000 people who came to wish him well. "It has been an honor to be your Chief.

   "It is a bittersweet day. I'm filled with excitement and sadness. I am excited to be able to spend more time with my family and I am sad at the thought of missing my involvement with the Choctaw people."

   Since the beginning of Pyle's administration in 1997, there has been tremendous growth in tribal services, jobs and cultural knowledge.

   Pyle said his future is going to be exciting in a new way. He and wife Pat have plans that include traveling and spending much more time with grandchildren.

   "We are looking forward to using our camper on relaxing trips this summer - and I may even be able to take my grandchildren fishing on the lake. To be able to spend days like that with my family is something I have dreamed of for a long time."

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