Gregory E. Pyle

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Gregory Pyle
Rep. Dan Boren and Chief Gregory Pyle.jpg
Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
In office
June 9, 1997 – April 28, 2014
Preceded byHollis E. Roberts
Succeeded byGary Batton
Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
In office
1984 – June 9, 1997
Succeeded byMike Bailey
Personal details
Born (1949-04-25) April 25, 1949 (age 69)
Fort Bragg, California
Political partyDemocratic

Gregory Eli Pyle (born April 25, 1949) was a long-term political leader of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was elected as Principal Chief in 1997 and re-elected since by wide margins. He resigned effective April 28, 2014. [1] Prior to serving as Principal Chief, he had served as Assistant Chief for 13 years. He began to work for the Choctaw Nation in 1975 as personnel officer.

Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma[edit]

Pyle was sworn in on June 9, 1997 as Chief of the Choctaw Nation.[2] He promised to see that all Congressional actions continue to be closely monitored and that the tribe has a direct input into all legislative acts that affect the Choctaw.

Chief Pyle announced his resignation from office at a party to celebrate his 65th birthday, with an effective date of April 28, 2014. Gary Batton, Assistant Chief under Pyle, assumed the role of Chief of the Choctaw Nation.[3][1]

Public service[edit]

  • 1982 – Hired as Personnel Officer
  • 1982 – Appointed to Arkansas Riverbed Board
  • 1983 – Became Tribal Program Monitor to oversee and assure contract compliance of all federally funded programs being run by the tribe.
  • Testified before Congress for the Arkansas Riverbed case, which was won by the Choctaw, Cherokee and Chickasaw nations.
  • 1984 – Elected as Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation
  • Appointed by Secretary of Interior Manuel Lujan to serve on a national Task Force to reorganize the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Two years later reappointed by Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt and headed up several subcommittees on the Task Force.[4]
  • 1994 – Appointed to the Inter Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes.
  • 1996 – Served as the President of the Oklahoma Area Health Board and was also a member of the National Health Board.[4]
  • 1997 – Served on Board of Directors of Landmark Bank and Durant Chamber of Commerce.


  1. ^ a b "Choctaw Principal Chief announces retirement", Native Times]
  2. ^ Faiman-Silva, Sandra (2000-06-01). Choctaws at the Crossroads: The Political Economy of Class and Culture in the Oklahoma Timber Region. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 224–. ISBN 978-0-8032-6902-6. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. ^ Associated Press, "Choctaw Chief Pyle to announce retirement", Washington Times, 22 April 2014, accessed 6 December 2014/
  4. ^ a b "Chief Gregory E. Pyle to formally announce retirement", The Telegraph, 22 April 2014