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Tulsa Area School Supply Distribution

Family Services staff will be in Tulsa to distribute school supply cards to area Wyandotte Nation students.  Walmart gift cards in the amount of $100.00 per child will be available for students aged preschool through grade 12.  Please bring a copy of your child’s Wyandotte Nation Membership/Citizenship card.  No income guidelines apply. Receipts are required and need to be sent to the Nation on or before September 30, 2016.  If you have questions please call Dana at 918-678-6319 or Leeanna at 918-678-6329.  If receipts for the 2015 program were not returned you will be required to use the cost reimbursement program.

DATE:    SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016

TIME:    9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.




The deadline for Wyandotte Nation enrollment is Monday, August 15, 2016.  Applications must be received or postmarked by this date to be considered by the General Council for enrollment at the 2016 Annual Meeting and must be accompanied by an original state certified birth certificate.  If you need an application or have questions please contact Family Services at 918-678-6319 or 918-678-6329.

Wyandotte Annual Gathering - Little Turtles

The 2016 Gathering of Little Turtles will be held Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26 2016, at the new Cultural Center. This year will once again be filled with many activities for the entire family to have fun and make new friendships, or catch up with old friends.

Dr. Steckley will be returning with his wonderful stories and new words.  Other activities will include: weaving, beading, social dancing, games and Lacrosse.  Singing around the camp fire will be a new addition this year.  Youth attending will also help leave their mark at the new Culture Center by designing a tile that will be placed on display at the grand opening during the September Gathering.  Each youth attending, and registered prior to the deadline, will receive a special Little Turtle T-Shirt.

This is a free event for all tribal citizens, hosted by the Tribal Heritage Department and Culture Committee.   Meals will be provided.  We will once again offer a Lock-In for families to come spend the night both Friday and Saturday nights.  All you will need to bring is your own bedding and personal items.

The Gathering of Little Turtles allows families, grandparents and all citizens, additional time to come learn, have fun and socialize with other Wyandotte families.  In order to plan for food, supplies and T-Shirts, please complete the registration before June 5, 2016.  If you have any questions, please email Marilyn Young at or call Debbie Dry at (918) 678-6315.

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Smoking Ceremony at new Wyandotte Nation Cultural Center

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend discusses the importance of the smoking ceremony in the new multi-purpose room. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend discusses the importance of the smoking ceremony in the new multi-purpose room. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend smoked the new Cultural Center Monday, April 11, during a special ceremony as the it’s nearly ready to move into. The Cultural Center is located near the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center and Lost Creek Recycling Center.

“The Wyandotte Cultural Center will offer a world of opportunity to learn and connect with Wyandotte history,” said Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend during the groundbreaking last year. “It will give our Wyandotte citizens the opportunity to walk through our past and look to our future – all in one unforgettable experience.”

The entryway of the new Cultural Center. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

The entryway of the new Cultural Center. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

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Supplemental Health Benefit Renewed

The Supplemental Health Benefit (aka the Benny card) will be renewed once again for 2016.  January 1, 2016 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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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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Traditional Stories on iTunes

We are pleased to announce that some of our talented summer youth have been working hard to illustrate some of our traditional Wyandotte stories. Two of these stories are available now on iTunes. They are currently only available for Apple devices. We are in the process of making those available for android users. Will post when these are available. The book is entitled “Wyandotte Traditional Stories Vol. 1”.

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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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