Pyle, Gregory E. | 2007
- Birth and Death Year | 1949 – Present
- Induction Year | 2007
- Profession | Choctaw Chief
- Oklahoma Connection | Pyle settled in Hugo, Oklahoma with his family in 1966 and graduated from Hugo High School in 1967.
- Hometown | Hugo
Chief Pyle believes in embracing the native Choctaw language, and as a result, classes began in a few communities and expanded to interactive Internet classes. Now accredited as a foreign language, classes are offered in public schools, colleges, and universities statewide.
"He leads in a very quiet way, in a humble way. Greg Pyle gets things done because he shares the credit with so many other people and in that he is an extraordinary and an exceptional leader." - David L. Boren
Chief Pyle became chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1997, after serving more than 13 years as Assistant Chief of the tribe. He has been active in Choctaw government since 1975, when he was elected by popular vote to the Agricultural Board to oversee the Choctaw Nation Ranch at Tushka Homma, Oklahoma. Education always has been a priority for Chief Pyle. During his tenure, Chief Pyle initiated the Choctaw Language Program, the Choctaw scholarship program was expanded to serve 5,000 students, and a new career development program began. Chief Pyle’s sincere interest in the history and culture of the Choctaw people has encouraged enthusiastic participation in heritage-based events such as the annual commemorative Trail of Tears Walk, Pow-Wows, Choctaw signings, stickball games and other Choctaw gatherings. Also under his leadership, a new hospital was constructed in Talihina, including a diabetes wellness center, a hospitality house, a recovery center and a women’s treatment center. In addition, independent living communities for elderly have been constructed in six towns, four child development centers have been opened and five community centers have been built. Chief Pyle received the SBA Region VI Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year, was named Distinguished Alumni at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and was named an honorary member of the Oklahoma State Troopers Association.
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