Surplus Auction items
A Wyandotte Nation surplus auction features a tractor with loader, a 1998 15-passenger Chevy van, and a Canon Copier. To check out the items, click on the following link:
SONIC now open in Seneca
The Wyandotte Nation opened the doors to its new SONIC Drive-In located in Seneca, Mo., Monday, Nov. 18. Seneca is located about 10 miles from Wyandotte, Okla., where the Tribe is headquartered.
“We’re very excited about the opening. It’s been much anticipated,” said Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend. “We believe it will be another great economic development for the Tribe and we look forward to generating profits that can go back to benefit tribal citizens.”
A pipe ceremony and ribbon cutting marked the opening for the SONIC Drive-In, 2314 Cherokee Ave. (on Hwy 43 and just off of Hwy 60). The opening marks the first for a Native American tribe in the SONIC system.
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Emerging Leaders: Wyandotte Nation members complete national program
The economic development significance that tribally-owned businesses play in Native American communities is one reason the Small Business Administration launched its Emerging Leaders executive level training initiative across the U.S.
Since 2008 the initiative, in 27 cities and communities across the country, has trained more than 1,300 promising small business owners in underserved communities.
Among its most recent participants selected for this training were Wyandotte Nation tribal members Ron Brown and Dalana Rutledge. Brown lives in Grove, Okla., and Rutledge lives in Miami, Okla.
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Bearskin Services awarded two government contracts
Bearskin Services, a 100-percent tribally-owned and SBA Certified 8(a) company, was awarded a $7 million contract with the U.S. Army in Fort Carson, Colo., and a $5.5 million contract with the U.S. Air Force at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.
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Wyandotte Nation Casino unveils plan for renovation and expansion
Over the next year, the Wyandotte Nation Casino will undergo an extensive expansion and redesign to deliver an experience for patrons like no other in the region.
“We’ll offer things no one else in the area has,” said WNC General Manager Gary Johnson. “It gives us the ability to do the things we always wanted to do, but didn’t have the space to do it in.”
The$7 million phase one renovation will give the casino a very modern and contemporary look, and expand it by 25,000 square feet to make room for new features such as a club, VIP lounge, a four-lane bowling alley, rooms for private parties, a billiards and darts area, and entertainment venue that will seat around 500 people.
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Affordable Care Act
“The Affordable Care Act specifies that, beginning in 2014, individuals will need to maintain “minimum essential coverage” – whether through the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) or through another source, make a payment on their tax return (called the “shared responsibility payment”), or obtain an exemption from the shared responsibility payment. However, American Indians/Alaska Natives and other individuals (such as the spouse of child of an Indian) who are eligible to receive services from and Indian Healthcare Provider may apply for an exemption from the shared responsibility payment if they do not have minimum essential coverage. In order to receive this exemption, members of federally recognized tribes may apply through the Marketplace or handle this through their tax return. Individuals who are not members of federally recognized tribes, but who are eligible to receive services from an Indian health care provider, must apply through the Marketplace and provide verification of eligibility to receive services from an Indian health care provider.”
Source: Department of Health and Human Services
Open enrollment begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace Oct. 1 and will run through March 31.
Consumer-oriented news and updates: Healthcare.gov
Marketplace 24/7 Call Center available at 1-800-318-2596
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The Wyandotte Nation Culture Committee has been working with Dr. Craig Kopris to develop a language revitalization program for our citizens. The committee would like to ask as few questions to better prepare tools that can be used for this purpose. Please click here and help by completing the survey.
Wyandotte Nation Supplemental Healthcare Benefit
For questions about this program please contact Dana Butterfield at x219 or Tara Gragg at x255.