Indian Child Welfare

Parents are expected to provide a minimum standard of care for their children. When parents fail to meet this standard, through abuse or neglect, the court may become involved.

In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 25 USC § 1901 et seq., which provides a legal basis for protection and services for Indian families and children. The ICWA establishes provisions for placement of such children.


Indian Child Welfare (ICW)

When state courts become involved with families and children are removed from their parent(s)’s care, the Tribe is notified. A child must be an “Indian child” - a child must be under 18 years of age, a member of the Tribe, or eligible for membership and the biological child or a member.

ICW attends court hearings, advocates for Indian children, verifies tribal enrollment, assists with services to the parents and assist with the placement of children.


Promoting Safe & Stable Families (PSSF)

Formerly called Family Preservation and Support, PSSF promotes to enhance family strengths. Services are designed to help families at risk and/or to keep the family together. Client support is also available to ICW clients only to help facilitate reunification.


Foster Home Recruitment

The Seminole Nation maintains a State/Tribal foster care agreement with the Department of Human Services. Persons who are Seminole tribal citizens and reside in the State of Oklahoma; or citizens of a federally recognized tribe and resides in Seminole County may apply to be a foster home for the Seminole Nation.

For information about the Indian Child Welfare Program, call 405-257-9038. The office is located in the Older American Program (OAP) building. The entrance is at the NW corner of the building.

Head Start

The Seminole Nation Head Start/Early Head Start Program is a comprehensive program for low-income children and their families. Our program is funded to serve 123 Head Start children, 50 Early Head Start infant and toddlers, and 8 pregnant mothers. At least 10% of our enrollment opportunities are made available to children with disabilities. We serve 6 weeks to 5-year-old children at designated centers. Head Start receives 80% of the cost of the project budget from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the remaining 20% (called non-federal share or in-kind) is generated locally from the grantee, parents, communities and organizations.


Seminole Nation Head Start/Early Head Start Mission Statement

Our priority as the Seminole Nation Head Start/Early Head Start Program is to provide a safe, loving, family-focused environment that supports a positive atmosphere and offers children the opportunities to explore, learn, and prepare for school-readiness.


Seminole Nation Head Start/Early Head Start Philosophy

Seminole Head Start/Early Head Start dedicates itself to providing a comprehensive child development program for eligible children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.  The program is designed to meet each child’s educational, emotional, social, health, and nutritional needs enabling him/her ability to learn and succeed.

The Head Start Program believes in the direct involvement of parents, guardians, and community volunteers as an integral part of the program. They give their time as well as donations of goods and cash.  This experience is beneficial to the program, the children, the families, and the volunteer.


 

Seminole Nation Head Start Annual Report

Seminole Nation Head Start has provided a comprehensive annual report for the public. Please click the link below to see this report which includes student progress, proposed budget, and kindergarten readiness information.

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Judgement Fund

General  Information

On September 12, 1990 the General Council approved a plan for use of the Judgment Fund Award. This plan, identified as the Usage Plan, states the monies shall be used to establish tribal programs and services for the people. (Title 18-A of the Code of Laws, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma).

It is the General Council's responsibility to develop an annual budget for funding all programs and services. It should be noted that the principle amount cannot fall below $35 million unless approved by two-thirds of qualified voters in a referendum election.

What types of Judgment Fund programs are available?

Established  Date

Programs

May 15, 1991

Burial Assistance

July 01, 1991

Elderly Assistance

August 15, 1991

School Clothing Assistance

September 01, 1991

Higher Ed/Vocational Scholarship Act

(Vocational Training & Advanced Degree / Post Graduate

Continuing Education Portion – (Suspended)

Undergraduate Degree Scholarship  - Available

January 01, 1993

Household Economic Assistance Program (Suspended)

The Seminole Nation will continue to operate each program form year to year, providing that sufficient funds are available and the General Council budgets the funds for the programs. Programs are not designated to provide benefits to each individual each year. Instead, the programs have a limit for the amount of assistance, which may be received by an individual.


Who is eligible for Judgment Fund program benefits?

In order to receive judgment fund program benefits, a person must:

Be an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation; and

Be determined to have descended from a member of the Seminole Nation as it existed in Florida on September 18, 1823

In addition to these basic requirements, each program has its own eligibility requirements.


Charlotte Harjo Scholarship   AWARDED (Spring Semester) AS FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE 

The Charlotte Harjo scholarship may be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher or at least 15 credit hours while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher for each semester in college. The award is based on enrollment and classification. The following documentation is required:

  1. Scholarship Application
  2. Seminole Nation of Oklahoma membership card
  3. Typewritten essay (500-600 word - Size 12 font – Name typed and signed in top right corner of first page) describing your past accomplishments, future goals, tribal involvement, community involvement, etc.
  4. Official sealed college transcript

Clothing Assistance Program (CAP)

Effective March 1, 2014 the Clothing Assistance Program allowance amount has been reduced & application process dates changed. All eligible participants in Pre-K -12th grade will receive Clothing benefits in the amount of $100 as funding permits.

Applications can only be requested between the months of July 1 - September 30 and will only be accepted between the months of August 1 - September 30. You can only apply once per school year.

The student must be an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and must provide a copy of their Tribal Enrollment card, front & back copies are needed, if not already on file

The student must provide a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card, if not already on file.

*NOTE: If this is your child’s first time applying, we will not have a card copies on file.  Please attach copies to application when submitted.

The student must be at least (4) four years of age by September 30th.   No older than (19) nineteen years of age in the 12th grade.

The student must be enrolled and attending school.

Public or Private School

- Public School:

- School Information Section of the application must be completely filled out.

- Authorized School Signature

- Private School/Preschool/Head Start:

- Provide a copy of school license if the school is not associated with the public school system

Home-Schooled

- Must submit the curriculum currently being followed.

- Certificate of Training for the Instructor.

- School accreditation.

A copy of legal custody/guardianship papers if the child is in your care temporarily or if you are the non-custodial parent.  A notarized statement written by the legal parent is required if you are acting on the behalf of the parent.

If the child was adopted and/or has a name change, you must submit copies of the adoption papers and copies of the new Tribal Membership Card and CDIB cards with their new names.

Grants are in the form of a VISA Store Value Card and will be used for purchasing SCHOOL CLOTHING for that STUDENT ONLY.  Use the card as a CREDIT purchase, NOT a debit purchase, no PIN # will be provided.

  • Allowable items: shirts, sweaters, blouses, dresses, skirts, shorts, pants, undergarments (bra, panties, briefs, boxers), shoes, boots, socks, coats, belts, winter gloves and scarves, uniforms (upon approval)

Non-allowable items: groceries, makeup, jewelry, perfume, lotion, hair products and accessories, tobacco, alcohol, purses, gasoline, hats, ball caps, backpacks, lunch boxes, umbrellas, bandannas, robes, sleepwear, swimsuits, school supplies, costumes, sports gear, cell phone, cell phone minutes, ATM withdrawal, Fast Food, donations, membership fees, blankets, ETC.

RECEIPTS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED.    ALL TRANSACTIONS WILL BE MONITORED for misuse or non-compliance.  Grantees may be placed on suspension and will not be eligible to receive a clothing grant or any other grant from the Judgment Fund Programs for the upcoming year.

There will be a $15.00 fee deducted from Clothing Award Amount to replace any lost/stolen VISA card.  

ONLY Expired cards will be REPLACED AT NO COST

Allowance amount has been Reduced & Application Process Date Changed.   Effective Date: March 1, 2014.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2014-02.'

 


Household Economic Assistance Program - SUSPENDED

The Household Economic Assistance Program (HEAP) provides financial assistance per person with a one-time payment of $1,000 to eligible tribal members who reach the age of 21 years.

Effective October 27, 2012. 


Elderly Assistance Program - AVAILABLE

The Elderly Assistance Program will provide financial assistance to persons who are at least 62 years of age with a one-time payment of $2,000.


Burial Assistance Program - AVAILABLE

The Burial Assistance Program provides a grant for funeral expenses of eligible deceased tribal members. In some cases the deceased may be eligible for benefits even though they were not a tribal member at the time of death, such as persons eligible for membership who had membership applications pending and children eligible for membership under the age of one year.

The grant amount for a stillborn or deceased under the age of one year old is the actual cost of the funeral expense not to exceed $800. The grant amount for a deceased over the age of one year is $3,000, unless the deceased was cremated, in which case the grant amount shall be in the amount of the actual cost of the burial, not to exceed $3000. A grant of $300 will also be paid to the responsible member of the family to cover miscellaneous funeral expenses.

Applications must be made within ninety (90) days from the date of death of the deceased.


Higher Education and Vocational Training Scholarship Act - (Vocational Training & Advanced Degree / Post Graduate Continuing Education - SUSPENDED

Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01


Undergraduate Scholarship AwardsAVAILABLE (FULL-TIME STUDENTS ONLY - 12 HRS OR MORE)

The total of all Undergraduate Degree Scholarship awards to an applicant shall not exceed $4,800.

Full-time students payments will be determined according to their status (ex: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) and according to class schedule. (Semester, Trimester, or Quarter.) See back of application.

Full Time Students Only & Award Amount Reduced           Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01.


Incentive AwardAVAILABLE

In addition to a standard award, an incentive award is available to eligible undergraduate students. An applicant must carry fifteen (15) credit hours and have at least a current 3.0 GPA.

An applicant must apply after each grading period (semester, trimester, or quarter). Total of all Incentive Awards shall not exceed $4000. Amount of awards depends on status of grade period. See back of application.

Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01.


Advanced Degree / Post Graduate Continuing Education Award - SUSPENDED

Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01.

 

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Food and Nutrition

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is a Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma. [Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 10.567.] Our service area is Seminole County, Oklahoma.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Food & Nutrition Files:
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Food & Nutrition Links:

Environmental Protection Office

What is the Seminole Nation Enviromental Protection Office?

We are a tribal program federally funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Our main objective is to protect the environment for our tribal members by gathering data and monitoring environmental media such as the land, air and water for any long term subtle changes or immediate abrupt changes. For example we sample and monitor 42 surface water sites including the North and South Canadian Rivers , Seminole, Wewoka and Konowa Lake and major and minor creeks and streams in Seminole County Oklahoma in an effort to monitor existing problems or identify possible problems.


What services do you provide for the tribal people?

  • We assist our tribal members with oil and gas production concerns such as regulatory non- compliance, spills and damages on their property by utilizing technical assistance provided by the correct agencies available to address those problems.
  • We assist in open dump cleanup sites in partnership with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs on restricted property across Seminole County pursuant to available funding.
  • We hold various public workshops dealing with our natural resources.
  • We assist the Seminole Nation with real property issues concerning housing, tribal enterprises and trust property owned by the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

American Red Cross

Click the image below to learn more about the American Red Cross.

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EPO Important Links:

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
    www.deq.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Corporation Commission
    www.occ.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Water Resources Board
    www.owrb.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
    www.oerb.com

United States Environmental Protection Agency
    www.epa.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency
    www.fema.gov

Start 2 Native American Resources
    www.cowboy.net/native/index.html

Oklahoma Flood Plain Managers Association
    www.okflood.org

US Fish and Wildlife Service
    www.fws.gov

United States Department of Agriculture
    www.usda.gov

USEPA Waste Management in Indian Country
    www.epa.gov/tribalmsw/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service (IHS)
    www.ihs.gov