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Choctaw Nation mourns passing of former Chief

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Former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle. (Facebook) Former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle. (Facebook)

DURANT, Okla. -- Gregory Pyle, former Chief of the Choctaw Nation, died on Saturday morning.

His successor, Chief Gary Batton, made the announcement in a Facebook post.

"I will miss him dearly, and he will be missed greatly by all who knew him," Batton said in his written statement. "Please keep his wife, Pat, their children and grandchildren in your prayers."

Pyle was 65 when he retired in 2014 after serving as Choctaw Nation Chief for 17 years.

"A great deal has been accomplished since this administration took office in 1997 and I feel that I am leaving the Choctaw Nation in good hands, " Pyle said in a farewell letter to tribal members. "We have seen phenomenal growth in tribal revenue, created more jobs for tribal members, expanded tribal services and increased cultural awareness of what it is to be Choctaw.

Funeral arrangements for Chief Pyle are pending.

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