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Wyandotte Annual Gathering

ǫmakyehstiʔ
(we are gathered together)

REGISTER TODAY
For the 12th Annual Wyandotte Nation Gathering
September 9-11, 2015

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REMINDERS

THE ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 IN THE BEARSKIN GYMNASIUM AT 10:00 A.M.  CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR AGES BIRTH TO 12 IN THE CARLA CULVER EDUCATION CENTER.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER THE MEETING AT THE ARTIE NESVOLD COMMUNITY CENTER (TITLE VI BUILDING).

TRIBAL CITIZENS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT THEIR MEMBERSHIP/CITIZENSHIP CARD TO RECEIVE THE MEETING HANDOUTS.

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.

If you attend the Annual Meeting you will be required to show your tribal membership/citizenship card.

— Rob Nesvold, Chairperson Wyandotte Nation Election Board

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26th Annual Wyandotte Nation Pow-Wow

Save the date, check out the flyer and plan to attend our 26th Annual Wyandotte Nation Pow-Wow!

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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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Annual Fireworks Display

(Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

(Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

The Wyandotte Nation hosted its annual Fireworks Display Thursday, July 2, at the Pow-Wow grounds.
An estimated 2,370 people gathered to witness the fireworks show, listen to great music from the Diversity Band, and enjoy food from various vendors. Youth also had the opportunity to play on inflatables leading up to the fireworks show.
Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend addressed the crowd beforehand, thanking the community for supporting the Tribe’s various local businesses (SONIC Drive-In, Turtle Stop, Wyandotte Nation Casino) as the free fireworks event was a way for the Nation to show its thanks for that support.
Following Chief Friend, tribal citizen Abby Baldwin sang the National Anthem leading into the fireworks show.

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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.  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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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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benny

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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