News & Notes

Little Turtles - The Annual GatheringLittle Turtles 2018 Registration

Registration for Little Turtles is now live! The camp will be June 22-24 and is open to all Wyandotte tribal children through age 15. The camp begins at 10am on the 22nd and ends at noon on the 24th. Meals will be provided. If lodging is required, the River Bend Casino and Hotel phone number is 1-866-447-4946. Please email Loretta for the special rate code (lcombes@wyandotte-nation.org). Registration will close June 8. To register Click Here. If you have any questions regarding registration or the event itself, please email Loretta at lcombes@wyandotte-nation.org.

Town Hall Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado

The Wyandotte Nation will be hosting a Town Hall meeting for Wyandotte Nation Citizens residing in the state of Colorado, on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Town Hall meetings are replicas of the Annual Meeting held each year on the second Saturday of September at the Tribal headquarters in Wyandotte, OK. Adult enrolled Wyandotte Citizens (18 and over) who attend will receive $50.00 to assist with the expenses associated with attending the meeting. Spouses and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting will also allow Wyandotte Citizens to meet the Chief, 2nd Chief and staff members, to learn about the current status of the Tribe and to ask specific questions. Lunch will be provided after the meeting as well as social time to visit with staff and other Tribal Citizens. We look forward to seeing you there.

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.- Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Stapleton
4444 North Havana Street
Denver, CO 80239
303-375-0400
RSVP: Please respond by Friday, April 13, 2018 to: Dana Butterfield 918-678-6319 or
dbutterfield@wyandotte-nation.org

Reminder:

For Wyandotte Nation citizens who received new Benny cards and are trying to activate them, you will use your 4 digit roll number. If your roll number is 1, 2 or 3 digits you will add zeros at the beginning of the number to make it 4 digits, for example, if your roll number 5 you will enter it as 0005. If you have additonal questions please feel free to call the Family Services offices at 918-678-6329 or 918-678-6319 or CoreSource at 800-990-9058 x42086.

Supplemental Health Information (Benny)

With the end of the year approaching we are receiving several calls and emails regarding Benny card balances. While we are happy to assist, we wanted to remind tribal citizens of the other options available with 24/7 access. Balances can be viewed at the www.mycoresource.com website and there’s a great new app from CoreSource that will allow you to view balances AND claims, including the location/vendor. The app is titled “myCoreSource FSA/HRA” and I have included a photo for easy identification. The first time you log into the app your username will be your CoreSource MemberID which is WY000(your 4 digit roll number) and your password is your zipcode+your 4 digit roll number. After you have logged in the first time you can change both the username and password for easier access if you choose. If you have any questions regarding the app or the website feel free to call us at 918-678-6319 or 918-678-6329 or CoreSource at 800-990-9058 x42086.

Also be watching for replacement cards coming in December for those cards expiring this year.

This document will assist you with setting up your mobile app access.

Member Num Mobile and Website flyer_ (002)

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Town Hall Meetings: Arizona (March 10) and Colorado (April 28)

Town Hall Meeting – Tempe, Arizona, March 10. (Photo by William Swaim)

The Wyandotte Nation held the first of its annual Town Hall Meetings Saturday, March 10, in Tempe, Arizona, for tribal citizens in that region.

Tribal citizens were able to meet and talk with Chief Billy Friend, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand and key Wyandotte Nation staff (Chief of Staff Kim Harnar, Education Director Tammy Charles, Family Services Director Dana Butterfield, and Tribal Heritage Director Sherri Clemons), hear the state of the Tribe, enjoy lunch, and make connections with family members and other citizens who reside in their area.

In addition, tribal citizens got to meet and have their picture taken with new Princess Sara Wright and the Chiefs.

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 in Wyandotte, and weren’t able to attend the Annual Meeting held each September in Oklahoma.

The second Town Hall Meeting for 2018 is set for Aurora, Colo., April 28. The meeting will begin at 10 am. Tribal citizens who reside in Colorado will receive post card invitations with additional information. However, if you are a tribal citizen who feel you are within driving distance of the meeting and would like to attend please contact Dana Butterfield to RSVP at 918-678-6319 or dbutterfield@wyandotte-nation.org.

Meeting location information:

Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton
4444 N Havana St
Denver, CO 80239
303-375-0400

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Wyandotte Nation and 7th Street Casino donate to Wyandotte County Museum

Attending a $10,000 check presentation from the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to the Wyandotte County Museum today were, left to right, Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart, Rebecca Meditz, president of the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum, Unified Government Commissioner Mike Kane, Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma Chief Billy Friend, Kansas City, Kansas, Unified Government Mayor David Alvey, Unified Government Commissioner Melissa Bynum and Wyandotte County Museum Director Trish Schurkamp. (Courtesy Photo)

Preserving the future of their past has been one of the themes of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, according to Chief Billy Friend.

As part of that historical preservation effort, today the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma presented the Wyandotte County Museum a check for $10,000. The museum is located at 126th and State Avenue inside the Wyandotte County Park at Bonner Springs.

Friend said one of his goals as a tribal leader is to make sure the next generations of the Wyandotte Nation know their history. For the past 10 years or more, he has brought busloads of Wyandottes to the museum to learn about their history, he said.

To read the full article, click here.

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Reminder to all Bearskin Clinic Tribal Patients

All appointments, including optometry, dental, audiology and PRC (Purchased/Referred Care), x-ray, laboratory, etc., must be approved prior to visit!
Failure to do so will result in denial of payment.

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Honor Guard looking to add youth  program

The Wyandotte Nation Honor Guard is exploring the opportunity to create a Junior Warrior Program. Participants can be either male or female, ages 12-17. The program will focus on mentoring of youth by using discipline, respect, tradition and community service. Participants will be asked to participate in a weekend training event and then support the Honor Guard at Pow Wows and other ceremonies. Members will be required to participate in quarterly community service events. Ribbon shirts and other items will be supplied at no cost to the participants.

We are looking for young people who have a strong desire to give back to the Nation and who will be good role models for their fellow youths.

For more information or to volunteer contact Dave Culver at dculver1740@yahoo.com

 

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 Attention Tribal Citizens:

Changes to benefits offered through Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center.  As of October 1, 2017, to be eligible for clinic services, including Wyandotte Adult Dental, Optometry, Audiology, Children’s Dental or Adult Emergency Dental, patients must be seen by a Bearskin Healthcare Provider once every three years.  The initial visit must take place before patient may become eligible.

If you have any questions, please call 918-678-3222.

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SUPPLEMENTAL HEALTH (AKA BENNY) NOTICES AND REMINDERS:

*The program year began on January 1st and all active accounts were renewed. You will use your existing card until the expiration date at which time new cards will be sent.
*You can not use your Benny card for expenses that were incurred in 2016. If you have remaining funds from 2016 you have until February 28, 2017 to file a claim for reimbursement for eligible expenses. No exceptions. Claim forms can be found on the CoreSource website or by contacting the Family Services Department.
*Benny cards that were issued in December had an incorrect number. The correct number to call CoreSource is 800-990-9058 and ext 42086 will get you directly to a representative on our account. New cards WILL be sent to replace those at a later date.
*You can check account balances by calling the above CoreSource phone number during business hours or through the website 24/7 by setting up online access at www.mycoresource.com.
*Over the counter medications such as pain relievers and cold remedies can’t be purchased with the Benny card. However, some OTC medications are reimbusable if found medically neccessary by a physician.
*Statements are mailed quarterly with balances. If you aren’t receiving your statements please contact the Family Services Department to update your address.
As always the Family Services staff is available to assist you with the program, but there instances where we will need to refer you to CoreSource if we don’t know the answer. Please feel free to call and visit with us if you have questions about this program or any other programs facilitated by the Family Services Department.
Dana Butterfield, Director 918-678-6319
Tara Gragg, ICW Supervisor 918-678-6355
Leeanna Radabaugh, Assistant 918-678-6329
Tiffany Garner, ICW Worker/DV Advocate 918-678-6324

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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!

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