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The Gathering of Little Turtles: Lacrosse and Language

Wyandotte Annual Gathering - Little Turtles

As expected the weather in Northeast Oklahoma was hot and unforgiving for the first annual Little Turtles Lacrosse Camp. With fifteen of our youth participating, and never having played lacrosse, no one really knew what to expect. We were fortunate to have five player/coaches travel from Ypsilanti, Michigan, home of Eastern Michigan University, to teach our kids how to play the Creator’s game. Throughout the two day camp it was amazing to watch our kids slowly bond to Brian, Tyler, Scott, Alec, and Travis. These five coaches are serious lacrosse players, great teachers, and some of the nicest guys you would ever hope to meet. They taught our kids the basic fundamentals of lacrosse, forged a team, and planted an excitement for the game amid little hearts that are obviously dominated by football. All of this was done with only twelve hours of fun, yet intense training.

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Notice of Annual Meeting

On September 12, 2015 the Wyandotte Nation shall hold their Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will be held at the Bearskin Fitness Center Gymnasium, Wyandotte, Oklahoma. The Annual Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. There are no elections for this year.

— Rob Nesvold, Chairperson Wyandotte Nation Election Board

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Wyandotte Nation honors Hildebrands on Memorial Day

(Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

(Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

The Wyandotte Nation Honor Guard honored Earl Hildebrand, who served in World War I, and Bobby Dean Hildebrand, who served in World War II, during a special Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning, May 25.

Wyandotte Nation Second Chief Norman Hildebrand talked about his relatives and their service to our country during World War I and World War II during the ceremony and Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend discussed the importance of remembering those who served on Memorial Day.

To see more photos from the special ceremony, click on this link and visit our Facebook page photo album: www.facebook.com/WyandotteNation.

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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

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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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– 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.”

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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.  www.indiantrust.com/index

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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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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