Calendar of Events
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 the Seminole Nation Community Health Representatives and Diabetes Program held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Health and Wellness Center project at the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole. The Health and Wellness Center, projected to be completed in October 2014, will be located south of the current Dialysis Center and Diabetes program building.
Tulsa, Okla. based 1Architecture provided the architectural rendering of the wellness center.
Steve Wright with Builders Unlimited Inc. is working on the building and has already begun construction.
“We look forward to getting the project done on time or a little bit ahead of schedule if possible,” said Wright. “The building has some great aspects to it with the finishes inside and the elderly assisted features,” Wright added.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, a reception was held at the North Community Building and Seminole Nation Diabetes director Dewayne Tiger said, “This is the first step in a lot of steps coming to improve and increase the awareness of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and we are going to really try to awaken people’s minds on health and wellness.”
“I know the building is going to give us a greater advantage in helping our community and their overall health,” added Community Health Representatives Director Jerome Harrison.
The wellness center building will contain eight offices, bathrooms, showers, storage closets, a workout and fitness room, a large kitchen for cooking demonstrations, an education room and a conference room.
“This building will bring to the nation some opportunities for health and wellness, just getting out and participating in different types of exercise. This is a foundational piece of that program,” said Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo.
Summer Internship applications available
Seminole Nation Career Services is currently accepting applications for the Native Youth Summer Internship Program.
Internships are available to students ages 16-21. Applicants must live in Seminole County and meet certain income requirements.
Click here to download an application.
Paper applications are also available at the Career Services offices at Mekusukey Mission. Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
For more information, call (405) 257-7200.
Tribal Court to host summer camp
The Seminole Nation Tribal Court will be hosting a Tribal Court Camp on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The camp is open to all students ages 6-16.
During the camp, students will learn about tribal government and the operations of the Seminole Nation's court system. The camp will emphasize leadership, personal growth and cultural growth.
Click here to download an application.
Paper applications are also available at the Tribal Court Administration Building at Mekusukey Mission and the Tribal Complex in Wewoka.
Applications may be returned through mail or in-person at either the Tribal Complex or Tribal Court Administration Building, and must include a copy of CDIB or Tribal Enrollment Card.
All applications are due by Friday, June 6, 2014. However, applicants are encouraged to apply early, as only the first 20 students will be accepted.
For more information, contact Marcus Proctor at (405) 234-5257 or Annie Horton at (405) 234-5253.
The Seminole Nation and the Wewoka Service Unit Health Advisory Board hosted an Indian Country Food and Agriculture Workshop at the Seminole Nation Grisso Mansion Annex Building on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
The keynote speaker for the event was Janie Simms-Hipp. Simms-Hipp is a Chickasaw tribal member currently serving as the Founding Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She most recently served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and advised the Secretary on Tribal Relations. Simms-Hipp served as the Founding Director of the USDA Office of Tribal Relations in the Office of the Secretary.
She discussed the opportunities and challenges of creating a vision and establishing food and agriculture policy for the Seminole Nation.
“The opportunities for food and agriculture have never been better for Indian country,” said Simms-Hipp.
“I think we need people to really think about food and where their food is coming from for their community and for their families,” she added.
Simms-Hipp went on to talk about the importance of food to all societies and the need for Indian Country to focus on how food and agriculture fits into their lives to improve health and tribal communities.
“I personally believe no matter how small or big a tribe is, that they really should be thinking about how to improve our communities,” said Simms-Hipp. “A critical part of that is to set a vision for the Seminole Nation and community at-large, but also set a vision that can accommodate similar visions with other tribes because there are a lot of things that we can do working together inter-tribally around food and agriculture that would benefit all of our tribal governments and their citizens.”
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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|Minor_Relinquishment_Form.pdf||99.77 KB||10/25/2012 00:00:00|
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|Application_for_Duplicate_CDIB.pdf||29.78 KB||10/25/2012 00:00:00|
|ApplicationforCDIBAmendment.pdf||323.78 KB||10/25/2012 00:00:00|
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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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