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Gary Batton Sworn In As New Choctaw Nation Chief

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Gary Batton succeeds Gregory Pyle, who recently retired from the post. [KXII] Gary Batton succeeds Gregory Pyle, who recently retired from the post. [KXII]
DURANT, Oklahoma -

The Choctaw Nation has a new chief.  Gary Batton was sworn in as chief of the tribe during a ceremony Monday in Durant.

Batton succeeds Gregory Pyle, who recently retired from the post.

Batton has served as the tribe's assistant chief since 2007. Before that, he served the tribe in various capacities, including deputy director of the Choctaw Nation Housing Authority and executive director of the Choctaw Health Services Authority.

Batton told KXII, the CBS TV affiliate in Sherman, Texas he will do his best to preserve the heritage and traditions of the tribe so that everyone can understand and appreciate its history and future.

"I want to become the number one employer in Oklahoma and love for the Choctaw Nation to become world renown in the future," said Gary Batton.

The Choctaw Nation has nearly 200,000 tribal members and its jurisdiction covers Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pontotoc and counties in southeast Oklahoma.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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