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.

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EPO Important Links:

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Oklahoma Energy Resources Board

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Start 2 Native American Resources

Oklahoma Flood Plain Managers Association

US Fish and Wildlife Service

United States Department of Agriculture

USEPA Waste Management in Indian Country

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

Domestic Violence

Offering services to both Native and Non-Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or dating violence.

Mission Statement

The Seminole Nation Domestic Violence Program mission is to empower both Native American and Non-native families in breaking the cycle of violence through helping families understand the different types of abuse, finding safe housing, and obtaining healthy relationships that do not involve manipulation or control of another person.

Types of Services Provided

  • Victim Advocacy
  • Housing Assistance
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Transitional Living Assistance
  • Court Advocacy
  • Utility Assistance
  • Referral Assistance
  • Shelter Placement Assistance

Transitional Living Assistance

Assistance can be provided to victims and their families if currently residing in a domestic violence shelter and are financially ready to transition into obtaining a residence of their own. A shelter verification letter showing that shelter was the primary residence for the last 20 days is needed along with income verification prior to filling out the application. Any additional items that may be needed will be discussed at the time of intake.

Housing and Utility Assistance

Assistance can be provided to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. All applicants must have income verification along with the most recent bill or letter stating who will be receiving the funds and the amount owed. If needing housing assistance a letter from the landlord will be needed. Once all information has been gathered an application needs to be filled out in the Seminole Nation Domestic Violence office. Any additional items that may be needed will be discussed at the time of intake.

Victim Advocacy

Assists victims by offering educational classes that focus on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Each victim is helped with emotional support, recognizing resources in and outside the community, and referrals whenever services are not provided through SNDV.

Court Advocacy

Helps assists victim who are in need of filing an emergency protective order. An SNDV advocate will help with filling out all necessary paperwork in obtaining an emergency protective order and prepare the victim for following court proceedings.

Shelter Placement Assistance

Currently the domestic violence program is finishing its completion of a newly constructed safe house. The safe house will provide emergency housing to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or dating violence. The mission of the safe house program is to help and improve the lives of both Native and Non-Native victims. The shelter program is committed to providing shelter, safety, and advocacy for individuals victimized by violence. The Seminole Nation Domestic Violence believe empowerment is possible when self esteem is raised and will endeavor to incorporate personal as well as cultural self worth and pride into our living experience at the safe house.

Sexual Assault Program

The sexual assault program provides a trained Advocate who offers services to victims of sexual abuse. This program provides educational classes as well as referrals to a Licensed Professional Counselor for survivors who are in need of therapeutic services. The Sexual Assault Advocate provides crisis services by supporting victims who choose to receive rape exams and will also provide court advocacy for those involved in seeking prosecution of the offenders (s) in the courts. Clothing, short term medical due to the sexual abuse and gas financial assistance also is provided to victims participating in the program.  Informational tables and community education can also be requested at any time.

Shelter Program

The shelter program provides short-term housing for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and/or dating violence. This particular program is to help victims who are fleeing from an abusive relationship or family member who is in need of immediate safety and confidential housing. In order to access this program the crisis line needs to be contacted at 405-382-3762 and a short questionnaire will be asked of the caller in order to assess whether the request meets the criteria of the shelter program. Due to federal mandated guidelines the shelter program is not for any person who is homeless but only for those who are victims of any of the following: domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and/or dating violence. Staff can be reached on the crisis line at 405-382-3762 24 hours a day.

Batterer’s Intervention Program

The batterer’s intervention program is a new upcoming service that will be offered at the Domestic Violence Program to provide the monitoring of offenders convicted of domestic abuse who have been court ordered to receive 52 weeks of BIP groups. The Batterer’s Coordinator will provide these weekly group sessions and work closely with Tribal Courts as well as the local non-Tribal court system in providing information pertaining to the offender(s) court compliance. This program will be available late in the summer of 2012. More information can be obtained by calling the Domestic Violence Program at 405-382-3762.

Domestic Violence Files
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This Diabetes Program is funded out of “The Special Diabetes Program for Indians” grant that is currently a $150 million per year grant program that provides funding for diabetes treatment and prevention services at 399 IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs in all 12 IHS Areas across the United States.The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Community-Directed Diabetes Programs for American Indian and Alaska Native communities:

  • Provides grants to 338 IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian health programs in 35 states to implement diabetes treatment and prevention services and programs.
  • Focuses on effective evidence-based intervention strategies using the Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices.
  • Uses a broad, community-based public health approach to diabetes treatment and prevention for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Identifies and develops services and activities that address their own specific local concerns and needs.

The Diabetes Prevention Project targets American Indians and Alaska Natives at high risk for developing diabetes. This project focuses on preventing diabetes through lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss.

Objective and Activities:

The diabetes program’s goal is provide an opportunity to educate diabetics, pre-diabetics, hypertensive, and high-risk individuals on healthier choices to live healthier functioning lives with the help of education classes and lifestyle coaching.

The diabetes program will:

  • Increase awareness related to the incidence of diabetes

Distribution of program brochures and prevention materials, conduct an annual spring health fair and seasonal adult support group events within the Seminole Nation service area.

  • Reduce diabetes related risk factors

Provide individual counseling with three month, and six month, and one year follow ups consisting of A1C management, weight management counseling, daily activity consulting, and conduct fitness assessments with referred and screened individuals.

  • Promote healthy behavior

Staff will conduct 2 monthly diabetes screenings, provide prevention education for school age tribal youth, host a weeklong summer diabetes prevention youth camp, hold diabetes prevention education classes using the Lifestyle Balance curriculum, promote a community exercise program, and hold fitness activity camps for all ages throughout the program year.

  • Early detection of persons at risk for complication of diabetes

The diabetes team will offer needs assessments to patient during counseling sessions, offer diabetes risk assessments to newly diagnosed DM patients and their families, provide eye wear for patients referred from the Wewoka Clinic, and issue new or update patients glucose monitors and strips

  • Reduce complications associated with diabetes

Provide diabetic shoes and inserts and socks for patients that are experiencing foot complications, provide eye glasses for patients that have lowered/or maintained A1C levels to 8% or lower, reduce hypertension among diabetic, pre-diabetic and high risk individuals by providing exercise prescription and exercise classes.


The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Diabetes Program operates only on the annual funds out of the Indian Health Services- Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention that focuses on evidence based intervention strategies using the Indian Health Best Practices. The current selected best practices for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma SDPI are Community Diabetes Screenings and Physical Activity for Diabetes Prevention and Care.

Physical Activity for Diabetes Prevention & Care Goals:

  • Implement Best Practice approaches to physical activity for individuals with diabetes or at risk for diabetes and increase the percentage of people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes who follow the recommended guidelines for physical activity.
  • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and co-morbidities associated with physical inactivity.
  • Provide effective strategies for clinical and community programs to integrate and expand physical activity and fitness education services, to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes in AI/AN communities.



      Community Diabetes Screenings Goals

  • To increase identification of those at risk for developing diabetes.
  • To increase the percent of individuals at risk of developing diabetes who receive further diagnostic testing.
  • To increase the number of community members who receive education about diabetes risk factors.


Program Services

The Seminole Nation Diabetes Program provides services listed below for current diabetic patients residing within Seminole and Hughes counties and provides prevention education for ALL individuals referred or screened into the program for services. Education will encompass each individual’s lifestyle choices pertaining to their physical activity, weight loss, dietary education, and their current lifestyle affects their existing conditions.

Diabetes Program Eligibility:

To be eligible to receive support for patient services (diabetic shoes and/or glasses) from the SN Diabetes Program, a person must:

·         Be diagnosed Type 2 diabetic

·         Reside within Seminole or Hughes County

·         Possess a tribal enrollment or C.D.I.B card

·         Medical Chart at Wewoka Clinic or a referral from their health care provider

·         Each person must sign and agree to a Program Participant Agreement Form for an initial follow-up, 3 month, 6 month, and one year follow-up.


Eligibility to receive diabetic shoes, each patient must meet at least one of the below 6 criteria:

·         History of partial or complete amputation of the foot

·         History of previous foot ulceration

·         History of pre-ulcerative callus

·         Peripheral neuropathy and evidence of callus formation

·         Foot Deformity

·         Poor circulation in either foot.


Other Services:

Diabetic Clients can receive diabetic supplies if they need lancets, strips, and other medical supplies. Our Program Nurse can provide clients with updated glucose-meters and supplies, blood pressure monitors, wheel chairs, shower chairs and walkers if the client needs the equipment for outdated or faulty equipment.

Our staff does offer prevention education when it comes to your medications, blood glucose levels, daily physical activity levels, nutrition levels, or any other pertinent information to each individual’s overall health and lifestyle. We are here to help educate anyone that is currently diabetic, pre-diabetic, or high risk of developing diabetes.

Youth Prevention Camp:

The program hosts a weeklong summer Diabetes Prevention Youth Camp at East Central University in July with over 35 tribal youth attending each year. Each child is screened and offered education from educated professionals in dealing with diabetes prevention, exercise, and healthy nutrition on how to incorporate this into their everyday choices. The pre and posttest numbers have proven that we are reaching the youth and increasing their knowledge of diabetes prevention.



2019 ECU Diabetes Prevention Camp still has spots available for boys & girls. The deadline for applications and fitness assessments is JUNE 14TH. Wewoka IHS will be setting aside two days for kids to come in and get their physical clearance forms completed. Those days are May 29th & 30th and you will have to call (405)257-7319 to get a time set up for your camper to be seen. Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our facility we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. (405)234-5246.

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Fitness Classes:

Our Exercise Specialist holds multiple activities throughout the program year for our adults and our youth. One of the most demanded activities is the water aerobics class. He holds three weekly classes at the Seminole St. College pool. Along with the water aerobics, he’s incorporated a boot camp for individuals that are high risk, diabetic, or over weight. On the youth prevention side, we have held basketball and soccer camps for kids to experience a structured environment with experienced professional providing proper instruction. Each youth camper receives a full fitness assessment and is screened for diabetes.

Another youth activity has been to establish a tribal youth running program to help increase daily activity and receive prevention education each month. This program runs from September throughout the year until June.


 To Register:



Alcohol Substance Abuse Program


The Alcohol Substance Abuse Program provides a comprehensive drug and alcohol program to assist American Indians and Non-Indians with the opportunity to resist, reduce and prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

Detox to Rehab

Alcohol Rehab Guide to Recovery

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

Oklahoma Department of Veteran's Affair

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centers in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Drug Treatment Centers



Prevention is a community-base service, which includes the identification of persons at risk or developing problems relating to the use/abuse of alcohol/drugs. Services provided to individuals and /or groups include alcohol/drug education, the teaching of techniques for decision making and constructive processes to deal with stress, recreation, social activities, and cultural activities or events. Community Education is defined as the use of information, media resources, and skills development group to increase awareness of community members and employees of institutions, tribal groups, courts, religious organizations, social agencies and schools. Problems of alcohol/drug use and abuse, the availability of prevention and treatment resources, and techniques for motivating an individual into treatment are stressed.


ASAP will provide the following services

  • Intake, Assessment (SASSI only) & Admission

  • Transportation to and from treatment centers for ASAP Clients

  • Referral to short and long term Residential treatment facilities, Detoxification Centers and Halfway Houses

  • Individual Counseling

  • Outreach to provide prevention and education on substance abuse issues

  • Work with various court systems; juvenile and adult drug courts, community sentencing, community corrections, Anna Mcbride drug courts and Bureau of Indian Affairs court system

  • After Care

  • Treatment planning

Goal Setting & Achievements

  • Working with Juvenile Drug Courts - Counseling - Referrals - Treatment Centers

  • Advocating for Trouble Youths with counseling, or Treatment Centers as opposed to Lock-up Facilities or Detention Centers

  • Working with Schools in Seminole County in Educating Students on Alcohol/Substance Abuse

  • Working with Adult Drug Courts - Counseling - Referrals - Treatment Centers

  • Working with Judges in advocating for Native American to be sent to Treatment Centers instead of incarceration

  • Extending counseling services to individuals in conjunction with AA/NA

  • Educating Community on presence and Services of Alcohol Substance Abuse Program with Seminole Nation

  • Working with community to collaborate services

  • Working with Seminole Nation Programs to collaborate services

Johnson O'Malley


What is JOM?

Years ago, JOM was funded to provide operational support in which schools used funds to buy buses, school equipment, and more. The JOM program was redesigned to be a supplementary program instead of basic support program to provide special services to “meet the unique specialized needs of Indian children attending public schools”. JOM funds are supplementary and are not intended to take the place of federal, state, or local funds.

How does the JOM program work?

To receive contract funds, a state, a school district, an Indian tribe, or an Indian corporation may contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Broad general regulations outline the requirements for the contract, allowing the programs to be developed to meet local needs and differences.  JOM programs have been operated since 1995 under the student count freeze and since no new JOM programs have been awarded contracts.

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Program Goals:

Provide quality servies as the Contractor of Johnson O’Malley (JOM) and student related services to schools located in the area of jurisdiction: 2) manage all activities and their respective funding allotments such that each school receives their services with courtesy, promptness, and accuracy; 3)provide yearly traings to all Indian education committees and coordinators to ensure that all schools comply with Johnson O’Malley  (JOM) guidelines; 4) provide services that each student will be cognizant of their respective tribal entity and its related cultural attributes; 5) support and encourage parents to attend and take part in their respective school activities such as Johnson O’Malley meetings; 6)coordinate with other tribal education entities.

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School Contact List

Contacts for each school are as follows: (Updated JOM Coordinator List as of 10.2.18)

  • Bowlegs - Gloria Stanberry

  • Butner - Shelley Daniel

  • Justice - Kim Harjo

  • Konawa - Leander Yellowfish

  • New Lima - Elizabeth Griffis

  • Sasakwa - Donna Radford

  • Seminole - Joseph Blanchard

  • Strother - Thomas Wolfe

  • Varnum - April Harjo

  • Wewoka - Kevin Roberts Fields