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The Gathering of Little Turtles

REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE – Go to Community-Tribal Heritage- The Gathering of Little Turtle

The Gathering of Little Turtles will be held June 26, 27 and 28 this year for tribal citizens from age 5 on up. Activities are geared toward our youth but for the entire family, including grandparents. The event starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 and ends Sunday, June 28 noon to 1 p.m.  See the Little Turtles page for more information.

Wyandotte Nation Citizens:

The hotel information for The Gathering and Pow-Wow:  Indigo Sky has rooms available for Wednesday, September 9-Saturday, September 12, at a rate of $79.00.  As of this time there are no rooms available at Indigo Sky for Saturday night the 12th.  Tribal citizens can be placed on a waiting list as rooms will be filled from the waiting list if rooms become available. There is also a block of rooms at the Best Western in Neosho, Missouri (13 miles) at a rate of $89.00 for Wednesday, September 9th through Sunday, September 13th.  The code to access room blocks at both hotels is “Nation 2″.  The hotel number for Indigo Sky is 888-992-SKY1(7591) and for the Best Western is 417-455-2300.

UPDATE:  A block of rooms has been added at the Holiday Inn Express in Miami, OK at a rate of $89.00.  The hotel number is 918-542-7424.

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2015 Chief Leaford Bearskin Memorial Preschool Pow-Wow


The Wyandotte Nation Preschool held its 2015 Chief Leaford Bearskin Memorial Pow-Wow Tuesday evening, April 14, in the Wyandotte Public High School Gym (location moved from pow-wow grounds due to weather).

Students took part in the Grand Entry and Introduction of Tribes, sang “Kweh, Kweh, Kweh!” and a numbers song before dancing a Round Dance, Snake & Buffalo Dance, and an Intertribal Dance to highlight the event.

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend gave the invocation and Wyandotte Nation Princess Emilee Wills signed the Lord’s Prayer while the Colors were presented by the Wyandotte Nation Color Guard.

The Host Drum was the Operation Eagle Singers.

Shawn King of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe leads the preschoolers in dance. (Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

Shawn King of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe leads the preschoolers in dance. (Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

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Upcoming April Events

Superheroes racing in Wyandotte April 18

On Saturday, April 18, Superheroes will show their super strength, agility and speed as they converge on Wyandotte, Okla., for the annual Bearskin Strongman Competition and Superhero 5K run at the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center, 1 Turtle Drive. The events aim to raise awareness for the Wyandotte Nation’s Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative.

The strongman competition, which is open to both men and women, will start with a weigh-in at 7:30 a.m. to determine division placement in the competition. The competition starts at 10 a.m. with events such as truck pulling, tire flipping and deadlifting – to name a few.

The 5K race and 1K walk, where runners and walkers dress up as their favorite superheroes, kick offs at 8 a.m.

Nearly 400 people participated in last year’s events.

Registration is now open for the strongman competition at The entry fee before April 13 is $35 for each division and $50 on the day of the event. Registration for the superhero 5K and 1K is free, but to guarantee a shirt for the event, registration must be completed by April 9.


Wyandotte Nation hosting Environmental Festival April 24 & eWaste event April 20-23

The 8th Annual Environmental Festival will kick off April 24th at the Wyandotte Nation Pow-Wow grounds, located approximately 5 miles east of Wyandotte on Hwy 60.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the festival would move to the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center gymnasium, 1 Turtle Dr., in Wyandotte.

The event will feature a number of booths providing educational opportunities for area students and the general public. Everyone is welcome.

Leading into the festival, the Lost Creek Recycling Center will be collecting electronic waste to keep it out of landfills. E-Waste collection includes TVs, computers, printers, toasters, electric heaters, and small appliances with cords. Large appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers) can NOT be accepted.

E-Waste will be collected daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-23 at the Lost Creek Recycling Center, 4 Lost Creek Drive in Wyandotte.

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The Gathering of Little Turtles

The Gathering of Little Turtles will be held June 26, 27 and 28 this year for tribal citizens from age 5 on up. Activities are geared toward our youth with age appropriate activities split into two groups, ages 5 to 12 and 13 and up. The event starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 and ends Sunday, June 28 noon to 1 p.m.

Events include crafts, dancing and language – just to name a few. Meals during the event will be provided. Overnight lock-in lodging will be available in the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center gym. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult to stay overnight.

Families, teens in high school and elders are encouraged to save the date and attend this fun-filled weekend. The youth are our future and elders, come meet our youth, our future, as you too can participate.

Registration will start the beginning of May. Look for more on the event on Facebook, the Wyandotte Nation website and the next Turtle Talk.

Questions, suggestions or comments, please email the Culture Committee at or Marilyn Young at
If you do not have access to a computer to submit questions or register please contact the Tribal Office at (918) 678-2297 or (800) 256-2539.

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– NEW For Our Kids & Youth In 2015 –

If you are interested in playing lacrosse, the Wyandotte Nation wants to form a team, and we want you to be a team player. We have an open invitation from the coach at Eastern Michigan University to hold a one day FREE Lacrosse Camp here in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. The date is yet to be determined and is dependent upon your interest. Please contact the tribal heritage department at 918-678-6344 and let us know you would like to play lacrosse and attend the free camp.

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Supplemental Health Benefit Renewed

The Supplemental Health Benefit (aka the Benny card) will be renewed once again for 2015.  January 1, 2015 each Wyandotte Nation adult citizen account will be reloaded with $1,000 and each family account with $2,000.  The definition of a family account is an adult enrolled Wyandotte Nation citizen with enrolled dependents under the age of 18.

If you have any questions regarding specific approved items or vendors please contact CoreSource directly at 800-990-9058 x42086.  If you have questions regarding eligibility you can contact the Wyandotte Nation Family Services Deptartment at 918-678-6319 or 918-678-6329.

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EPA Recognizes Wyandotte Nation

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality recognized the Wyandotte Nation for its work on Tar Creek projects.

“This was specifically for our yard clean-up efforts and we brought them (EPA) to Wyandotte, to our tribal areas, to sample for lead and we didn’t have any high hits in lead thankfully,” said Christen Lee, Wyandotte Nation Environmental Director. “We are happy to work with them and we continue to work with them on different aspects of the project.”

For full story, click here.

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Indian Trust Settlement

The Garden City Group with the Indian Trust Settlement is seeking out tribal citizens who may be eligible members of this class action law suit.  Please check out this link to see if you or family members are listed.  This is only a list of those citizens of whom they don’t have good addresses.  It is not a complete list of those eligible.

If you received a letter from the Settlement asking for your Individual Indian Money (IIM) Account number, please contact the Office of the Special Trustee at 918-453-5714.

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We’re on Facebook!

Stay up to date: Visit the Wyandotte Nation Facebook page. Click on the button below and ‘Like Us.’ There you will have the opportunity to connect with fellow Wyandottes, Wyandotte Nation staff, family and friends, as well as see all the latest news, photos and video from various tribe activities. FB

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Wyandotte Nation Supplemental Healthcare Benefit

For questions about this program please contact Dana Butterfield at x6319 or Tara Gragg at x6355.

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