Higher Education Program - RE: Fall 2019 Scholarship Application

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will soon resume the BIA Higher Education Scholarship Grant. Students who have previously filled out BIA Scholarship forms last semester will need to complete the new Seminole Nation Scholarship forms. We apologize for any inconvenience, however we need the information for our records. Forms that are not completely filled out will not be processed. Forms not returned by the upcoming deadline date will result in loss of funding. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE! 

Please return the documents to:

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Higher Education Program

PO Box 464

Seminole, Oklahoma.  74818


If you have any questions you may call (405) 716-6400 




The Associate Home Loans Scholarship was created with our future leaders in mind.

Here you can find the entry URL to share: https://www.associateshomeloan.com/scholarship/

Scholarship Amount: $1000
Essay Question: “What is your dream career?”
Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Eligibility Requirements: 

  • High school seniors who have been accepted into a college or university
  • Current college and university students who attend at least part-time

Indian Child Welfare New Numbers

We are all very excited for the ICW Department's new building. With the increase in functionality of their internal systems and and limited functionality of a service provider's we had to get new phone numbers. Please see below a list of Indian child welfare's new phone numbers.

Main Line: (405) 257-9038

Fax Line: (405) 257-9036

Contact Directory

Alcohol Substance Abuse Program

405 382 2743

BCR Commission

405 382 8617


405 303 2126

Child Care

405 382 2416


405 382 2265


405 382 1010

Community Services (Roads)

405 257 7266

Cultural Resources

405 584 9375


405 382 3761

Dialysis Center

405 382 9809

Domestic Violence

405 382 3762

Environmental Protection Office

405 303 2683

Food Distribution

405 382 3900

Gaming Agency

405 382 0046

Head Start - Barking Waters

405 257 6583

Head Start - Konawa

580 925 5750

Head Start - Mekusukey Mission

405 382 5264

Higher Education

405 257 7264

Historic Preservation

405 303 2683

Housing Authority

405 257 6604

Human Resources

405 257 7218

I-40 Casino

405 382 3218

I-40 Travel Plaza

405 382 7467

Indian Child Welfare

405 257 9038

Job Placement

405 257 7200

Judgment Fund

405 382 0549


405 584 9375

Lighthorse Police

405 382 4302


405 257 5580

Older Americans Program

405 257 7257


405 257 7200

Program Development

405 303 2135

Rivermist Casino

580 925 3994

Seminole Nation Division of Commerce

405 382 3562

Social Services

405 257 6257


405 257 7200

Trading Post

405 257 2010


405 303 2683


405 303 2683


405 257 7213

Tribal Courts

405 303 2251

Tribal Enrollment

405 257 7244

Tribal Youth

405 303 2755

Wewoka Casino

405 257 3737

Wewoka IHS

405 257 6282

Wildlife Parks & Recreation

405 303 2831

Workforce Investment Act

405 257 7200

Human Resources 2019

Mission Statement

To be a knowledgeable, approachable, professional resource in providing quality HR services.  We develop and communicate sound policies and procedures that balance the needs of employees and the needs of the Seminole Nation while ensuring compliance with federal and tribal law. We provide strategic leadership and model excellence, honesty, integrity, and teamwork. We will seek out and provide solutions to workplace issues that support and optimize the operating principles of the organization. We deliver our services in support of the Seminole Nation’s mission.

Vision Statement

To be a respected, trusted and responsive resource of HR information, viewed by staff and citizens as a valuable and strategic partner in the ongoing development and management of the Seminole Nation (SNO).

Values Statement

Promote Honesty, Integrity and Trust: We honor our commitments and conduct business in a manner that promotes fairness, respect, honesty and trust.

Encourage Communication: We solicit the input of others and strive to be open, constructive and inclusive.

Produce Quality Results: We believe those we serve deserve excellent service, a positive work environment and quality results.

Embrace Change and Innovation: We are open to possibility and foster creativity to support continuous improvement.

Celebrate Teamwork: We encourage the diversity of thoughts, experiences, and backgrounds and celebrate participation and partnership in all of our endeavors.   

Stewardship: We ensure responsible stewardship of the human, financial, informational and natural resources entrusted to us.

Model Leadership: We lead by example and advocate equitable treatment in our behaviors, policies and practices.

Commitment: We ensure that the policies and procedures as set forth by the Personnel Board and the Executive Office; and the laws duly established by the Tribal and Federal government are observed and applied in a consistent and equitable manner.

Statement of Goals

Ensure that HR policies are documented and communicated in a timely and comprehensible manner.

Alignment of HR policies and processes with the organization’s needs and goals.

Ensure a positive experience with the Human Resources staff.

Foster a culture of respect, equal treatment, innovation, and accountability.

Supportive and respectful interactions are the standard.

Improve performance through the use of innovative technologies.

Engage in life-long learning to cultivate our competencies.

Recruit the best quickly.

Exceed the service delivery expectations of internal and external customers and perform at the highest level of competence.

Operational excellence in the delivery of all HR services and functions.

Seminole Nation Tribal/Indian Preference:

  • Qualified Seminole Tribal Member/Indian Applicants will receive preference over Non-Indian Applicants. Priority in selection will be given to Indian candidates who present proof of eligibility for Indian preference.
  • Verification in the form of a Tribal Enrollment Card or Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) must be provided with the application of a candidate who claims Indian preference.

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the online application page on this website. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
An electronic application must be received by noon on the closing date of the announcement.


If you have a Computer:

  • Visit our careers portal here
  • If you are a new applicant you can view open positions as well as register an account to keep track of positions you have applied for and your online application.
  • If you have applied with us before you can update your application and personal details as well as easily apply for other open positions.
  • If you have any questions or need help using our careers portal please contact the HR office at 405 257 7218 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you do not have access to a computer:

Application Kiosks are located in the Human Resources Offices at the Tribal Complex located in Wewoka, Ok as well as the Job Placement and Training office at Mekusukey Mission south of Seminole OK. A representative of HR can assist you in completing the application if needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:  The Seminole Nation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Other than Seminole Nation Tribal Member/Indian Preference, selection for this position will be made without regard to race, sex, color, age, marital status, national origin, or any other non-merit factor.



Seminole Nation TERO

TERO acronym for Tribal Employment Rights Office • Enforces the Seminole Nation TERO Ordinance. Title 11 Sec. 401 • Creates Awareness of Indian Preference in Employment and Contracting opportunities. • Serves as a Liaison for EEOC • Funded by the Equal Opportunity (EEOC).

Legal Basis

On January 23rd, 1993, the Seminole Nation General Council passed Ordinance No. 93-05, amending Title 11 Of the Code of Laws of the Seminole Nation which added Chapter Three, known As the Seminole Nation Employment Rights Act.

This Ordinance enables the Seminole Nation to exercise its inherent sovereign powers by allowing the Seminole Nation TERO office to assist in and require the fair employment of members of the Seminole Nation and other Indians, to prevent discrimination against Indians in employment practices of employers who are doing business within the territorial jurisdiction of the Seminole Nation.

In addition to a tribal code of law, TERO programs use a variety of legal tools to ensure that Indian/Native people receive their rightful share of employment and other economic opportunities on or near a tribes reservation or tribal jurisdictional area.

Legal Framework Supporting TERO

• Title VII-Section 03 (I) Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended • Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action) • Public Law 94-148 US Forest Service Native American Co-op Agreement Program • Inter-model Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) • Buy Indian Act of 1910 • Higher Education Impact Aid Public Law 81-815 & 874 • HUD Revised Indian Housing Regulations • Public Law 93-638 Indian Education Assistance & Self Determination Act 1974 • Tribal Contracts & Lease Law

This set of employment rights provides Indian people with more protection than any other Americans and entitles them to a large share of jobs and business opportunities on and near Reservations & Tribal Jurisdictional areas. Within the past 4 decades, Tribal governments have taken great strides in identifying and protecting the rights, resources and opportunities of their people. This type of advocacy is being brought to the protection and assertion of Indian and Native Employment and contracting rights by approximately 300 Tribal and Alaska Native village governments that have established Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances and TERO enforcement programs. There are currently 9 TERO programs in Oklahoma.

What does the TERO Ordinance do?

• Sets Conditions:Mandates the tribal requirements for Indian Preference that all covered employers must comply with in order to be eligible to perform work within the tribes jurisdictional area. • Establishes Authority:Empowers the TERO Commission & Staff with sufficient authority to fully enforce all provisions of the TERO Ordinance. • Assigns Responsibility:Delineates the duties and Responsibilities of TERO staff and commission. • Enforces Sanctions For Violations:Clearly spells out penalties employers may face for violations of tribal law. • Provides Due Process of Law:It provides principles of legal fairness to all parties involved in compliance or violation dispute issue.

TERO monitors and enforces the Seminole Nations TERO Ordinance to protect employment rights. TERO staff, includes the Director who performs on-site inspections to ensure that employers are complying with Indian preference requirements. Potential Contractors bidding on construction contracts for the Seminole Nation are informed of the Nations TERO Ordinance upfront so that there are no surprises. Once a bid has been awarded to a contractor, a TERO Compliance Plan is then established and signed by the Contractor and the TERO Director. The TERO Compliance Plan details the specific steps employers will take to meet their Indian/Native employment and contracting responsibilities. The TERO Compliance Plan includes a requirement that employers mustuse the TERO skills bank for recruiting, hiring and sub-contracting purposes as well as establishing a payment schedule for TERO fee.


Most tribes have enacted a TERO fee or tax that is designated to cover the cost of operating the TERO program as well as cover costs associated with the many services the program provides to both employers and the tribal community. The TERO fee comes from a percentage of the total contract amounts Below are a few examples of services provided by TERO:

• Recruiting, Screening, Referrals • Compliance, Investigations, Charge Processing • Job Counseling, Coaching, • Supportive Services (limited financial assistance for clients) • Education and Technical Assistance for Community, Employer • and Federal/State Agencies in Awareness.

TERO fees vary from tribe to tribe, ranging anywhere from .05% to 5%. The Seminole Nations TERO fee is currently set at 2%. Contractors cannot by law increase their bids to cover the cost of the TERO Fee.

Job Skills Bank

The employers are required to utilize the Seminole Nations Job Data Bank as outlined in the TERO Compliance Plan when filling job openings. Once an employer contacts the TERO Office, the TERO Office has 48 hours to locate and refer a qualified Indian for such vacancies and positions, except when circumstances require that the position be filled sooner. It is for this reason that it is very important that we have as many Indians as possible listed in our Job Skills bank along with their respective work skills and up-to-date contact information. TERO Applications are available in our office.

In the past we had as many as 16 Direct Hires as a result of our Job Skills bank. Most of them are still employed. We anticipate more as we continue to work closely with other community agencies, companies, businesses and business owners.