Town Hall Meetings set for Texas, Colorado
Deadline to register for Texas meeting is Friday, March 14
In 2013 the Wyandotte Nation started a new tradition of hosting off-site Town Hall meetings to be able to make connections with tribal citizens who live away from the Tribal headquarters.
The meetings were held in Seattle and in California (Sacramento, Irvine). At these meetings citizens were able to meet the Chief, Second Chief and key Wyandotte Nation staff, hear the state of the Tribe, and make connections with family members and other citizens who reside in their local areas.
This year there will be two meetings and the first of these will be held in Grapevine, Texas. The meeting will be at the Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Bass Pro Court, Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Lunch will be provided after the meeting and there will be a question and answer session and photo opportunities following lunch.
Postcard invitations were mailed the end of February to all tribal citizens who reside in the state of Texas with a request for an RSVP so the staff will be able to plan for the proper number of attendees. The deadline to register is this Friday, March 14.
All Citizens age 18 and over will receive a $50 gift card to help offset travel expenses. Spouses and children are welcome to attend all activities.
The second Town Hall meeting will be held in the Denver, Colo., area April 26. Invitations will be mailed the week of March 24 for this meeting to everyone who resides in the state of Colorado. More information coming soon on the second meeting.
If you have any questions regarding either meeting, please contact Dana Butterfield at (918) 678-6319.
A number of events are coming up in Wyandotte, Okla. and Kansas City. Check them out! Click on the link to find out more.
April 12: Stride for Life
April 19: Superhero 5K
April 19: Bearskin Strongman Competition
Preserving History: Plans for new Wyandotte Nation Culture Center progressing
An idea that has been in the works for years can finally come to fruition as the Wyandotte Nation received a key grant to move forward on plans for a Culture Center.
The 6,620-square foot Culture Center will be located on the old Indian school site just south and west of the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center.
“This is a giant step for our Nation,” said Sherri Clemons, Tribal Heritage Director. “The dreams we and those before us have had to not only house the many artifacts the Nation already has, but also the ones people are holding onto until there was a place to safely keep them.
“This is so wonderful for the future of our history.”
To read the full article for the Culture Center, click here.
Tribal exemptions from Health Insurance Marketplace Fee
If you don’t already have health coverage, the Health Insurance Marketplace offers a way to find and buy health coverage. Starting in 2014, every person in the U.S. must have minimum health coverage or must pay a fee on their federal tax return.
Members of federally recognized American Indian tribes or those eligible for services through an Indian Health Services provider may be eligible for an exemption from the fee.
Use this application if you or anyone in your tax household is a member of an Indian tribe or another individual who’s eligible for health services through the Indian Health Service, tribes and tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations. Complete the application and send it to the address on page 3 of the application.
For help with the application, call Health Insurance Marketplace Help Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
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.
For full story, click on the link:
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.
For the full story, click on the link:
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.
For full story, click on the link:
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.
To read more, click on the link for the full article and photos:
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
We’re on Facebook!
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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 x6319 or Tara Gragg at x6355.