Family Services

Changes to Family Service Programs as of October 1, 2014.

1.  A tribal citizen who has an outstanding balance of more than 60 days due to any Wyandotte Nation department/program will not be eligible for any tribally funded services from the Family Services Department.  Those who have outstanding balances will receive a letter from the Family Services Director with details of their account(s) and will be given information about repayment options.

2.  The age of tribal elder consideration has been lowered to 55 for all Family Services programs.

3.  The Winter clothing program will begin November 1st instead of December 1st.

Tribal Operations & Family Services

Tribal Enrollment (Membership)

Criteria for Membership: By the Constitution Ratified Sept. 29, 1999:

ARTICLE 5
MEMBERSHIP OF THE NATION

SECTION 1. Membership
The following persons shall be eligible for membership in the Wyandotte Nation: PROVIDED, That such persons are United States citizens and not enrolled members of any other federally recognized tribe, nation, band, group or, community.

(a) All persons whose names appear on the official Census Roll of the Nation as of January 1, 1937;

(b) All issue by blood of a Wyandotte Nation tribal member listed in Section I(a), of this Article; and

(c) The degree of blood quantum of an individual proven to possess Wyandotte blood will not be a factor in determining Wyandotte membership.

SECTION 2. Membership by Council Vote
A person of Wyandotte Nation ancestry who does not meet the requirements of Section 1 of this Article may be accepted for membership by a majority vote of the Nation Council.

SECTION 3. Voluntarily Withdrawing Membership
Any adult member voluntarily withdrawing his or her membership from the Wyandotte Nation does so forever. For purposes of this Section, voluntarily withdrawing membership shall include persons who lose their United States citizenship or who enroll in any other federally recognized tribe, nation, band, group or community after becoming a member of the Nation.

SECTION 4. Rules Governing Membership
The Board of Directors will enact rules governing voluntary withdrawal of membership, termination of membership, the membership application process, provisions for appeal of denial of membership and adoptions.

SECTION 5. Council Decision on Membership
The Board of Directors shall provide in the rules governing membership that the Nation’s Council shall make final decision on the Nation’s membership. The decision of the Nation’s Council shall be final. There shall be no appeals.

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Membership Application Process:
New members are added one time a year during the Wyandotte Nation Annual Meeting.  Completed applications must be received in the Enrollment office by August 15, 2015 in order to be considered for enrollment at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

1. Log into the Members Only area to download an application or contact the Wyandotte Nation Family Services Department.
2. The membership application must be completed and returned to this office with an ORIGINAL State Certified Birth Certificate. For applicants who cannot trace his/her ancestry to the 1937 base roll, proof of ancestry lies with the prospective enrollee. All membership applicants are subject to review by the Enrollment Committee.

Membership Record Updates:

1. To report a name change: Send a copy of your marriage license, divorce decree or a court order changing name.
2. To report an address change: Submit your request in written form, via postal service, email or fax statement by tribal member.
3. To report a death: Acceptable documents: death certificates, obituary or memorials.
4. To request a replacement membership card contact this office.

Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card:

What is a CDIB card? A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood certified that an individual possesses a specific degree of Indian blood of a federally recognized Indian Tribe. There are some programs and services based upon your status as an American Indian, which require you to furnish this card before services are rendered. A CDIB card does Not establish membership in a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and it does not prevent an Indian Tribe from making a separate and independent determination of blood degree for tribal purposes. Prior to 1989 the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued these cards to Wyandotte Indians. After 1989, the Wyandotte Nation issued Tribal-issued CDIB cards.

To apply for a CDIB card:

1. Click here to download an application or contact the Wyandotte Nation Family Services Department. Submit completed application along with all Birth Certificates tracing an ancestor to the 1937 base roll. The enrollment department may have some documents. If additional information is required you will be notified.
2. Replacement CDIB cards may be issued upon request.

FAMILY SERVICE PROGRAMS:

Senior Citizen Energy Assistance Winter: effective October 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015, senior citizens ages 55+ that reside within the states of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas are eligible to apply for $100.00 utility assistance.  Applications may be requested by mail, or at the tribal headquarters. The winter program will run from October 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015. 2015 Senior Energy Application

 

Child Passenger Safety Seats:  The child passenger safety seats are currently available at the tribal headquarters from newborn-booster.  Safety first, buckle in. Car Seat Application

Promoting Safe & Stable Families:  The “PSSF” program provides family preservation and support services designed to prevent the breakup of our Indian Families.  This program may be able to provide at risk families with emergency assistance, need based social services, outside referrals, or other tribal programs to ensure the health, well-being and safety of your family.

Indian Child Welfare:  The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act was designed to protect the Indian Family from unwarranted interference by the Anglo culture.  When a child is involuntarily removed from his/her home, it is the intent of the “Act” to place a child with an immediate family member, an extended family member or a member of the child’s tribe/or other Indian Families.  If your family is involved in a State Court proceeding, the Tribe may be able to assist your family during this difficult process.

Children’s Christmas Party:  This year’s annual Christmas Party is scheduled for December 13, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Bearskin Healthcare and Wellness Center gymnasium.  We hope you will note your calendar and plan to attend.  If you’ve never been, your child is missing a wonderful morning with Santa, toys and sweet things to eat.

WINTER LIHEAP-(Low Income Home Energy Program) Contingent upon Federal funding. Income guidelines apply.  Tribal citizens who believe they are eligible for this program please contact Family Services staff after December 1, 2014 for an application.

New Enrollee Benefit:  Enroll your child before his/her first birthday and you will receive a $100.00 gift card and a baby blanket with the tribal logo.  An enrollment application and birth certificate are required.  This is a nationwide program.

Burial Assistance:  This Nationwide program allows $1,500.00 payment toward the burial expenses of a tribal citizen.  An application, death certificate and itemized funeral bill are required.  Burial Assistance Guidelines

Winter School Clothing: Effective November 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015, a $100.00 clothing allowance is provided to tribal members age pre-K through the 12th grade.  No income guidelines apply:  Must reside in the states of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.  Tribal citizens can either apply for direct reimbursement or for a Walmart gift card.  Please complete the appropriate form and submit to Family Services staff.

Elders Assistance: No income guidelines apply: Benefit $250.00.  Begins October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015.  This benefit is for senior citizens 55+ age:  Must reside in the states of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas to qualify for this assistance. 2015 Elders Assistance

Children’s Extracurricular Activities: No income guidelines apply: Four states residents are eligible (Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas): $100.00 per school age child (pre-K through grade 10)effective for the 2014-2015 school year.  Receipts MUST be dated within the fiscal year of October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015. 2015 Children’s Extracurricular Activities Application

Junior/Senior Assistance: No income guidelines apply: Four state residency required (Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas): $250 per school/fiscal year (October 1-September 30). 2015 Junior Senior Assistance Application

Supplemental Health Benefit (Benny card):  Family Services staff can assist with basic questions regarding this program, but may, at times, refer tribal citizens to CoreSource (the company who manages this program for the Wyandotte Nation). They can be reached directly at 800-990-9058 x42086.  Each adult tribal citizen is eligible for a $1000.00 benefit for medical/health related expenses.  The maximum family benefit (adult tribal citizen with enrolled children, spouses are not covered) is $2,000.00.  The “Benny Card” can only be used at entities who have an approved IRS inventory control system in place.

Tribal Enrollment and Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood Cards:  Please keep in mind that enrollment closes August 15th, 2015.  Applications will be taken up to that date.  New members are voted on during the Nation’s annual meeting scheduled for September 12, 2015.  “CDIB” cards are not automatically issued during the enrollment process.  A separate application is required.

If you have any questions pertaining to the tribal programs listed above, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Certain radius and income restrictions do apply.  Please watch for new and improved social service program announcements.  The Nation is continuing to expand services to meet the needs of our tribal citizens.

Wyandotte Tags (Oklahoma Indian Territory Only): Private passenger, motorcycle, handicapped and recreational vehicle tags are all available. 

The Tribal Members name MUST be on the Title at the time of assignment if there is a lien on the vehicle.  The Tax Commission staff can not add or remove names to the title without the permission of the lending agency.

For New Tags you must have the following:
1. Original State Title
2. Insurance verification
3. Wyandotte tribal membership card. (not CDIB)

For renewals you must have the following:
1. Insurance verification

Handicap Tags:  Effective January 1,2010, individuals who are interested in receiving a handicap license plate should either come by the office or call to obtain a form.  The form will need to be completed by your primary care physician.

Hours of Operation: The tag office is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call the tag office at 918-678-6319 or 918-678-6329.

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Kate Randall; Director of Family Services
 
Family Service Programs, Indian Child Welfare 918-678-6324

Dana Butterfield; 
Family Services Manager (Tribal Enrollment, CDIB Cards, Individual Indian Money Accounts & Tag Office) 918-678-6319

Tara Gragg; Tribal Social Worker, Foster Family information, ICW, Family Services Programs. 918-678-6355

Leeanna Radabaugh; Family Services Assistant.  918-678-6329

 

 

 

 

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