Choctaw Nation Poteau Health Clinic Employee Snapchats Anti-Native Comments

White posted to Snapchat: "Excited to go make sure a bunch of fat natives don’t stroke out playing softball."

Editor Update: On Wednesday September 5, 2018, the Choctaw Nation confirmed the employee was terminated. They issued the following statement to media:

"This past weekend, an employee made disparaging comments on social media while serving as a representative of the Choctaw Nation at the annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival. Choctaw leadership was alerted to the incident and the employee is no longer employed with the Choctaw Nation. Disparaging words, even when joking, are never acceptable. We will continue to share our values and beliefs of faith, family and culture – never focusing on hatred, always standing united in a spirit of love."


A non-Native registered Nurse employed by the Choctaw Nation Health Clinic in Poteau, Oklahoma is under fire for anti-Native comments made on social media.

Jill White Snapchatted the following on her way to work at the 2018 Choctaw Nation Labor Day Weekend Festival. It spread like wildfire amongst Native Americans on Facebook:

“My fake smile. Excited to go make sure a bunch of fat natives don’t stroke out playing softball. With no shoes or shirts on.”

White's friends have to come to her defense enmasse on Facebook.

Chance Menasco wrote a public post branding the person who screenshotted and shared Whites incendiary Snapchat comments a “coward” and claimed it was just “a joke between a select group of people”.

Another of White’s friends claimed to be married to a Choctaw and have Choctaw Children in a reply to her own public offering. Shaunda Prock Noah asserted that Snapchat isn’t like other social media platforms because one can be selective in who sees one’s posts. She insists that White is a “good person” who simply “made a mistake.”

Menasco’s and Prock Noah’s posts seem to have either been deleted or made private after much disagreement in the replies. Additionally, there are reports that Facebook posts containing the screenshot are being deleted from timelines by the organization.

ICT Contributor Martie Simmons, a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, shared the screenshot on Twitter with concerns about how cultural insensitivity goes hand-in-hand with medical racism.

“Jill White an RN at the Choctaw Nation Clinic in Poteau, OK. You don’t deserve to work for the @choctawnationOK with this sick mentality. How could you give your patients proper care? #NativeTwitter.

“Every chart she ever touched, every medication she ever gave out, every interaction she has ever had would need to be reviewed for bias. She is dangerous in that type of position with those views. It’s terrifying to think about.”

There are claims that Jillian White has been fired. Neither the clinic nor Choctaw Nation tribal authorities have verified her employment status as of publication.

Indian Country Today has reached out to Choctaw Nation authorities for comment.

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apelbaumthebull
apelbaumthebull

This nurse Miss White should mind her p's and q's. She should mind her manners. This comment she said is not a joke. It's anti semitic and racist. And I for one don't like it. It's wrong. After all one of God's commandments is LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF. And that people, is the bottom line.

N2017
N2017

I don't know if everyone understands this, but working with the public is very difficult. We often make mistakes & say things we shouldn't, after all we're "only human." This obviously was a joke between friends like they said, she didn't actually mean to offend anyone. You can't honestly say you've never said anything hurtful about anyone else, especially if you're a nurse having a bad day, so shut up. I'm part choctaw, my son is part choctaw you don't hear me crying about this. Y'all are really making a way bigger deal out of this than is necessary. I hope Jill gets to keep her job!

kohala108
kohala108

She is in deliberate violation of the American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics. Devotion and adherence to this code of integrity is taught in every Nursing education program and is expected of all registered nurses. At the least the Board of Nursing needs to take a look at her conduct and order remedial action. ~ a concerned RN/NP who has proudly

served indigenous communities for two decades.

Provision 1 The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.

Provision 2 The nurses primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.

Provision 3 The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.

Provision 4 The nurse has authority, accountability and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions; and takes action consistent with the obligation to provide optimal patient care.

Provision 5 The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.

Provision 6 The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.

Provision 7 The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.

Provision 8 The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.

Provision 9 The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.

Source: American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics with interpretative statements. Silver Spring, MD: Author. Retrieved from

rhiannon E
rhiannon E

a joke that targets a race in a negative light "between select friends" is the epitome of racism. its incredible how many people do not know what racism is.

mpel
mpel

This woman knowingly and willingly accepted the position with the Choctaw Nation. If she had such an issue with those who PAY HER WAGES, she should have packed up her classless white ass and gone elsewhere.