Election Public Notice
TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Article X of the Constitution of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Laws of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, a General Election will be held for the offices of Chief, Assistant Chief and Council Members on July 8, 2017,
The candidacy filing period is May 1, 2017, through May 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in the Election Board Office.
Polling location sites are:
Sasakwa Community Building (Sasakwa, OK)
Strother Community Building AKA Thomas Little Community Center (Strother Community)
North Community Building (Mekusukey Mission)
Glorieta Baptist Church (7308 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK)
Sac and Fox Multi-Purpose Community Center (215 N. Harrison, Shawnee, OK)
Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Pursuant to Title 10, Chapter 4, Section 405(b), voters may vote at any polling location in any election.
In order to vote in the election an individual must be a Tribal member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and at least 18 years old. A valid Tribal membership card or another form of photo identification issued by a governmental authority must be presented at time of voting.
Absentee ballots shall be available to voters unable to vote at a polling location site. Absentee ballot requests are being accepted in the Election Board Office until close of business (5:00 p.m.) on June 8, 2017. The Election Board Office is located on the north side of the North Community Building, Mekusukey Mission, telephone numbers are 405-716-6024/6025. The absentee ballots for the said primary election must be received by the Election Board no later than the last mail run on July 8, 2017.
TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the election of Chief and Assistant Chief shall be at large. No candidate for Chief or Assistant Chief shall be considered elected unless he or she has received the majority of the votes cast. If a candidate for Chief or Assistant Chief does not receive the required majority of votes cast, a run-off election will be held on August 5, 2017. In the event of a Run-Off Election, ballots will be cast in the same locations used for the primary election from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Absentee ballot requests for the Run-Off Election must be received in the Election Board Office by close of business (5:00 p.m.) on July 17, 2017. Absentee ballot requests shall be automatically mailed to those who requested an absentee ballot in the primary election. The absentee ballots for the said run-off election must be received by the Election Board no later than the last mail run on August 5, 2017.
TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that election of Council Members shall be by band, and Council Members shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast. Tie votes for Council Members shall be decided by their bands.
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Student Achievement Program
The Seminole Nation Student Achievement Program is a PILOT PROGRAM for tribal members between 4th and 12th grade who attend one of the ten schools in Seminole County, Bowlegs, Butner, Justice, Konawa, New Lima, Sasakwa, Seminole, Strother, Wewoka, and Varnum. The intended purpose of this program is not only to begin the process of an incentive to reward and promote academic achievement among our young Seminole tribal members but to also gather data to determine the estimated cost of an incentive program that reaches beyond the boundaries of Seminole County. One that all young Seminole tribal members may take part of.
For more information call 405-257-7261 and to download the APPLICATION see below:
Native youth apply NOW for the 2017 Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit!
Applications due April 11!
The Summit brings American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth to the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus for a ten-day educational experience.
The students, who represent tribes across Indian Country, engage in classroom learning and field trips, and received specialized legal and land use training geared toward Native farmers and ranchers.
The leadership building curriculum allows students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, to enable them to continue their journey to becoming an advocate and leader for a resilient, robust and interconnected future in Indian Country food systems.
For more information and/or to apply click here.
International Women in Media Scholarship
Premise of the scholarship
All too often, women have to work extra hard to gain the same respect / status as a man in a similar position, especially those in foreign countries. To this end, we at Everipedia have created a list of female reporters and journalists that we believe deserve recognition for their work. The International Women in Media Scholarship aims to bring awareness and recognition to women working tirelessly across the globe in search of the truth.
For more information and/or to apply click here.
The G. William Rice Memorial Scholarship
One $2,500 award
To a deserving 2nd or 3rd year law school student who intends to practice Indian law in Oklahoma.
Click here for applications details.