The Seminole Nation hosted a quarterly meting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes January 9-10, 2014 at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee.
Tribal leaders and employees met for two days to discuss a variety of important topics, including housing, cultural preservation, education, employment, tourism, language and energy policies.
Several resolutions were passed, all of them unanimously, at the Friday morning Inter-Tribal Council general session, including:
Res. 14-01 A resolution encouraging the Oklahoma State Legislature to strengthen protections of our Native children through the Indian Child Welfare Act
Res. 14-02 A resolution endorsing Oklahoma legislation designating the Oklahoma Native American Liaison as the Secretary of Native American Affiars
Res. 14-03 A resolution commending Congress for honoring 33 Native American Tribes with Congressional Gold Medals
Res. 14-04 A resolution endorsing Oklahoma legislation modifying the American Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act of 1974
Res. 14-05 A resolution requesting advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service
Res. 14-06 A resolution endorsing the Nunes Bill to promote the general welfare of tribal citizens
Res. 14-07 A resolution commending Congressman Mark Wayne Mullin for his leadership and efforts regarding the Native American Veterans Memorial
Res. 14-08 A resolution supporting Food Distribution Programs of the Five Civilized Tribes Fiscal Year 2014 Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education Grants to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services
Community Information Meetings rescheduled
The Seminole Nation is conducting a Community Input Survey to identify the needs of the tribe, to guide development of services and assist in setting program goals and budget priorities over the next several years.
The survey covers important issues the tribe is facing and the strategic direction of the tribe. There is a section of the survey for what types of services and programs are needed, such as business development ideas, health, housing, elder services, education and culture. Space is provided for your ideas and comments.
You can also provide input in person at the community meetings taking place in the month of February.
Community meetings will take place as follows:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
36633 Hwy 270 Wewoka, OK
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
US 377 & SH 56/39 Konawa, OK
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Mekusukey Mission, 12576 NS 3610 Seminole, OK
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The survey is available for pick-up at the Program Development office in Seminole at 215 E. Evans. For more information contact Andrea Ellis Harrison, Seminole Nation Program Development Office at (405) 303-2135.
Construction to begin on Seminole Nation Health and Wellness Center
In 2013, the Seminole Nation received an Indian Community Development Block Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs, for $800,000. The funds will be used to build a Health and Wellness Center and help to meet the growing demand for preventative health services for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma tribal community.
Seminole Nation Tribal Resolution TR 2011-142 authorized the submittal of the FY 2012 ICDBG application and certified that the tribal council supports and will leverage a twenty percent match for the Seminole Nation Community Health and Wellness Facility, which will be a $1 million multi-purpose facility with offices, conference and exercise rooms and other features.
In June 2011, tribal members were given options for the construction of a new community facility that would satisfy HUD’s requirements for ICDBG funding. About 70 per cent of those in attendance placed a high priority on a new health and wellness facility.
1Architecture, based in Tulsa, Okla. provided the architectural rendering of the wellness center. 1Architecture is a Native-owned company and has developed a national reputation for sustainable design, urban revitalization and culturally sensitive Native American work.
The Health and Wellness center will be located at the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole and will house the Seminole Nation Diabetes Program and Seminole Nation Community Health Representatives Program.
The Seminole Nation Diabetes program is funded through a Special Diabetes Program for Indians grant that provides funding for diabetes treatment and prevention services. Each year, $150 million is allocated to IHS facilities, and Tribal and Urban Indian health programs in 35 states to assist members of the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Seminole Nation Diabetes program staff consists of a program director, exercise specialist, nurse and administrative assistant. Together, they host daily fitness classes, provide diabetic screenings and health and fitness evaluations and engage in community outreach efforts to increase public awareness of diabetes and promote healthy behavior in an attempt to reduce the incidence of diabetes and its related risk factors.
The Seminole Nation Community Health Representatives Program is an Indian Health Service funded and directed program comprised of well-trained paraprofessional health care providers who provide health promotion and disease prevention services within tribal jurisdiction. In addition to health promotion, disease prevention and patient care services, the CHR program also provides home visits and community outreach and training efforts. With public health and safety as a chief concern, the CHR program hosts several community events throughout the year, including an annual child car seat safety event, in which child seats are given out and technicians instruct parents on proper installation and usage.
Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo and Assistant Chief Lewis Johnson met with Steven Wright, president of Builders Unlimited, Inc., a native-owned general contracting firm based in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, January 16, 2014 to finalize construction contracts.
A groundbreaking date has not yet been determined.
The Nak-kerretv Ohhayetv Curriculum Development Sequence Project has completed the Maskoke ‘Punvyvs! Speak Creek/Seminole! Level 1 Language textbook as part of an Administration for Native Americans funded Native Language Preservation and Maintenance grant.
The Curriculum Development team worked in close partnership with linguist, Dr. Jack Martin from the College of William & Mary. The project staff developed the 109-page textbook to assist in Maskoke language revitalization efforts.
The “Maskoke ʻPunvyvs!” Level I Textbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Maskoke Level I Audio CD and the Maskoke Level I flashcards as part of the foundational instructional material for any beginning second-language-learner.
The textbook includes parent/teacher guides that provide instructions for each lesson, including methods and activities.
Also available for purchase – along with the textbook, audio CD, and flashcards – is a set of twelve 24”x 36” full-color posters covering subjects such as Animals of the Plains, Animals at the Lake, Opposites, and the Four Seasons.
The Maskoke language edition is produced and distributed with the permission of The Language Conservancy.
For more information about “Maskoke ʻPunvyvs!” Level I materials, please contact Jeremiah Maylen, Nak-kerretv Ohhayetv Project Administrator, at (405) 765-2502.
Wildlife, Parks, and Recreation
The Wildlife, Parks, and Recreation Dept. of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma supports the goal of service to the community by protecting and preserving our wildlife, natural resources, and Recreational facilities on tribal property. This includes the gymnasium, the softball complex, the campground, ponds, and the wooded area around the mission.
The recreational areas like the gymnasium and the softball complex are open for rental to Tribal and nontribal members to rent for different events, fundraising or other functions. The gym and the lighted field can also by rented out during the week but if you don't need lights the fields can be used free of charge. On all recreation areas the Seminole Nation Departments are allowed to use at no charge and are giving priority.
The softball fields at the mission get better every year, it seems like a slow process but we will continue to keep them in good shape and improve them as funds permit. In the last two years all four fields have been painted and new metal dugouts cover have been installed. In the future we are going to trying to put lights on a second field, replacing the old concession stand, and putting shades up over the bleachers. This year we plan to widen the infields and build two new foul poles for the northeast field before summer.
In the last several years the gym has undergone a couple of minor repairs and one major. We are working with the Executive and Procurement offices to come up with some plans to totally renovate the gymnasium. We started the project last year by completely replacing the roof at the gym and putting up new insulation. At some point this year we are going to start tearing down the women's restroom on the northwest side of the stage and put both bathrooms on that side. During this time the gym will be closed to tribal members and public for renting but will still be available to Seminole Nation Departments depending on the department's needs.
The larger pond at the mission is stocked once a year by the Tishomingo Fish hatchery and is open to the members of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma only to fish. In the last couple of years we have worked on getting a larger part of the pond more accessible to the fishermen. I started out by putting Grass Carp in the pond to clean the algae and aquatic plants that at different times during the year cover most of the pond. This process takes longer but is cheap than chemicals and now it looks a lot better. Second we had the Road Department clear out some of the brush around the pond and contracted a dozer service to clear off the dam . We have replaced the roof on the pavilion and installed a dry hydrant in case of wild land fires. We have also put in a new riser and this will allow the pond to fill up more and add more surface area to the pond.
Campground and Grounds:
We widened the small campground that was there and added 7 RV spots with 30 AMP breaker and put in another water hydrant. We also contracted a construction company to clear out the frontage of the property for the future cemetery. This year the B.I.A.'s Fire team was able to conduct two prescribed burns at the mission, this helped clear out the foliage under the trees and now we can start mapping out some routes for trails.
Sporting Activities In the past we have worked with other programs doing activities like fishing, sports, and nature hikes with the Tribal Youth departments' Spring Break and Summer programs. Our department added a position and as of July '11 has a Recreation Specialist and since then we have started working toward doing our own activities and events which we will continue throughout the year. Our Recreation Specialist has already planned a numerous events this year but has seen little interest. So far our most successful event has been the Basketball Camp we held during Christmas Break. We had 32 kids and 10 volunteers. We as had a 3 on 3 Youth tournament that went fairly well and we are hoping we get enough teams signed up for our softball league starting in the spring.
- Procuring Grants: During the last couple of years I have looked at several grants that might fit into our department but for some reason or the other it just didn't work out. On the wildlife grants, before we even started writing, I was told by the funding agencies that we didn't qualify based on the land requirements. We didn't qualify for some just because they were match funding. We did get one wildlife grant for Chronic Wasting Disease on White-tailed deer through the APHIS and USDA. We worked on that grant for two years.
The Enrollment Office was established to:
- Assist in the enrollment of members who are descendants of Seminole citizens whose name appears on the final rolls of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, approved pursuant to Section 2 of the Act of April 26, 1906.
- Verify tribal membership of persons seeking services and benefits from other programs of the Seminole Nation - Judgment Fund, Family Services, Indian Child Welfare, WIA/TERO, BCR (auto tags), as well as Federal Programs - BIA, IHS, etc.Maintain all enrollment records related to tribal membership.
- Keep enrollees addresses as current as possible, as this is an absolute necessity for program planning, tribal elections, and emergency contacts.
Requirements for Tribal Membership:
- Request for Application Form - complete with signature notarized.
- Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) - Card and 8xl0" long form showing direct lineage to an original enrollee of the Final Seminole Dawes Roll by blood.
- Original State certified Birth Certificate.
- Copy of Social Security Card.
- Adoption/ Custody Records, if applicable, send legal documentation.
- If enrolling by mail, adult applicants will need to send a clear individual photo, size 3 x 5 or 4 x 6, along with their signature on a plain white sheet of paper.
- Voter Registration form, for those 18 years and above.
Upon receipt of the required documents, and completion of the actual enrollment form the enrollment process begins. The Membership Code allows up to 90 days to process an application. Time can vary; tribes in which the applicant could possibly be enrolled must be contacted for enrollment verification. Prompt response is not always received. This verification is done to prevent dual enrollment.
New Tribal Membership Cards:
Tribal membership cards with a new design are now being issued.
We urge all tribal members to come in and update their address and telephone number.
Photo identification cards are replaced at no cost if you turn in your old card; otherwise, the cost is five dollars ($5.00).
Requirements for Freedman Cards:
- Enrollment application request.
- Copy of Social Security Card.
- Certified copy of "PATENT DEED RECORD" from the Seminole County Clerk, Wewoka, OK
- Unbroken Chain of Original Certified Birth/Death Certificates linked to the Seminole Freedman Descendant on the Patent Deed.
- Application for Membership and Voter Registration form (Age 18 years and above).
- If enrolling by mail, a clear individual photo (passport size).
Administrative Appeals Board - Title 16 - Chapter 7
The Administrative Appeals Board hears all appeals regarding membership.
Applicants are sent a Notice of Issuance of Membership Card as well as Notice of Appeal Rights for Determination of:
Applicants ineligible for enrollment are sent a Notice of Denial of Application for Membership and Notice of Appeal Rights.
Who May Request Hearing Before Appeals Board (Title 22)
Person who has submitted an application and whose enrollment has been denied.
Person receiving a membership card who disputes the Seminole blood quantum or Band affiliation on card.
Person served with notice of disenrollment.
Person who is not permitted to apply for enrollment due to refusal to sign affidavit that he has never been a member of another Indian tribe.
The decision of the Appeals Board shall be final and shall not be subject to further review by any other State, Tribal or Federal government body or court.
Tribal Enrollment Files:
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To provide the safest, most economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of the Nation and Seminole County. The Seminole Nation Transportation Department strives to be an innovative and responsive leader in the transportation field. We are a catalyst in meeting the transportation needs of our tribal members, their neighbors, local businesses and industry in the safest, most proficient manner possible. The Department will plan and program roadway systems for the Seminole Nation to provide better roads throughout the Nation.
The mission is to promote Seminole Nation and the County as a unique and distinctive place with a high quality of life and safe roads for our members. The Department sets goals and makes policies related to coordinating the planning and development of roads for maximum flexibility in the use of construction dollars. The Nation’s Transportation Department works cooperatively with all jurisdictions to plan and program improvements for safe roads and bridges to ensure a good road system. The Department improves on what exists, listens to its Nation and tribal members, and is fiscally and financially responsible.
Mekusukey Mission Water Plan
The purpose of this study is to develop Stormwater Management recommendations for the Seminole Nation by implementing plans for development of land at the Mekusukey Mission Grounds.
The study site is located approximately two miles south and two miles west of the City of Seminole, north of SH 59, specifically in Sections 5 and 6 of T8N, R6E.
MAP-21 stands for Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. It is a multi-year transportation authorization bill that was signed into law on July 6, 2012. It focuses on infrastructure and the rules and regulations for the entire country. It was created to provide funds, transform policy for investments in the transportation infrastructure and to streamline multiple programs.
Within the bill, there are sections which refer to tribal lands involving both transportation and transit programs. These tribal sections can be found when reading the PDFs regarding MAP-21 by searching for the word “tribal” within the document. The PDFs provided are both the full legislation and a summary version of MAP-21.
Construction in Progress Gallery:
Snake Creek Environmental Assessment Download Below
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The Seminole Nation Transit Service is funded through the Seminole Nation.
The Mission of the Transit Department is to provide safe, reliable transportation to all citizens of Seminole county. We dedicate ourselves to serve with pleasant attitudes in a manner consistent with our stewardship of the communities' and tribe's trust and resources.
The vision of the Transit Department is to continue to help the citizens of Seminole county access employment, health care, nutrition, education, recreation and social and human service. We strive to be recognized as a primary contributor to the happiness and quality of life of our customers and our employees.
The Seminole Nation Transit system is a public system that provides rides for all people in Seminole County.
We run demand response and one deviated-fixed route. We have miscellaneous trips transporting everywhere in the county throughout the day. We run the Konawa/Sasakwa Route four times a day. 7 A.M. - Employment, 12:30 A.M. -OAP, 12:30 P.M. -OAP, and 4:30 P.M. Employment.
One way trip each time you get on the bus.
$1 per trip for Tribal Members *
|$2 per trip for Non-Tribal Members|
|$20 for Tribal Members *|
|$40 for Non-Tribal Members|
All Senior Over 55 - Free
All People With Disabilities - Free
Seminole Nation Service Offices/Programs and IHS - FREE round trip from your home to the office/clinic and back home. Additional trips will be charged as a standard rate. Does not include employees traveling to work at those offices.
Service attendants - Free with seniors or disabled passengers
Children Under 12 - Free with paid or eligible adult (limit two children per adult)
*Tribal members must have membership verified.
Passenger Eligibility and Rules
- This is a Public Transit System that is open to the General Public.
- All requests for rides require a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice.( All rides are subject to availability)
- Must be at least 18 years of age unless accompanies by a parent or legal guardian.
- Medical transports must be non-emergency.
- All passengers will be scheduled on a first call, first serve basis.
- Parents transporting children under 5 years old must provide a child safety or booster seat.
- Allow up to one hour before or after your scheduled pick-up time for your driver.
- Driver will only wait outside your residence for 3 minutes.
- In order to complete the driver’s manifest/schedule for the following day, ALL requests for rides will not be accepted after 3PM.
*Must call at least two hours in advance to cancel a ride.
*Must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
*Neither profanity nor harassment of drivers and/or passengers will be tolerated.
*Violation of these rules could result in suspension of transit services.
Please leave a detailed message, including :
- Your name
- A good contact phone number
- Address of Origin
- Name and address of destination
- Time of your appointment
- Any other pertinent information
Again, ALL requests for rides require a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice (Subject to availability)If you need a ride on Monday, you must call before Friday at 3:00 p.m. to be placed on the schedule.