With proud enthusiasm, I support my younger brother, Adrian Johnico as your candidate for District 7- Choctaw Nation Tribal Council. Adrian exemplifies to his community, selfless volunteer work, dedication to a good cause, and generosity to those that need a helping hand. Adrian has a strong commitment to his community and he will bring all of these qualities to the Tribal Council. He knows the past, the present, and has positive ideas for the future. Most importantly, he plans to dedicate many hours to help protect our tribe's history, culture and traditions. -Melody johnico
I am Adrian Johnico a proud Choctaw and have lived in Clayton for 27 years. I am the youngest of four children. My mother passed away when I was 5 months old. For a short time, my brother and my twin sisters, lived in a small Indian home in Talihina with 9 people. My aunt, Ella Shattuck, took me in but could not afford to care for my brother and sisters so they went to Jones Academy. Most Choctaws in our area remember my sisters, Felicia and Melody Johnico, also known as "Double Trouble" as they were outstanding basketball players at Talihina High School. I started Head Start in Talihina, then moved to Buffalo Valley and went there for 6th and 7th grade, and then moved to Clayton and went there from 8th grade until I graduated in 1996. My Aunt Ella passed away in 1999. My Aunt took me to the Indian Church at the Sardis Narrows for all night singing's and I grew up learning the culture of our tribe and eating our traditional foods.
I have been married to Jessie Pugh Johnico for 17 years. Jessie teaches Kindergarten at Tuskahoma. We have three children: a 16-year-old son, Carson; a 12-year-old daughter, Maggie; and an 8-year-old son Aidan, who has Down's Syndrome.