Tribal leaders, employees and members of the community gathered at the Mekusukey Mission on Friday, February 6, 2015 for the official unveiling of the new Cvfeknē Wellness Center.
The following is a list of comments made at the event:
Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo:
We hope that the facility, and ability to put CHR and Diabetes together, will encourage people to get more active in the prevention of a wide range of diseases, but diabetes in particular.
Diabetes Program Director Dewayne Tiger:
I'm grateful for our accommodations and the goal and objectives we are going to be meeting the next year of our grant...This building has brought a lot of attention, and a lot of people want to come work out.
CHR Program Director Jerome Harrison:
Having the building here is a great opportunity for our community. We haven't changed a whole lot, and the building has attracted a lot of new participants.
Seminole Nation preparing to disburse Household Assistance payment
WEWOKA, Okla. – The General Council of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma has authorized a payment from settlement proceeds held in federal trust TO ALL LIVING ENROLLED SEMINOLES BY BLOOD BORN ON OR PRIOR TO MAY 6, 2013 FOR HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANCE. To receive this payment all members MUST submit a completed “UPDATE FOR ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION” form (dated 02/03/2015).
Anyone having legal guardianship over minors or persons unable to handle their own financial affairs, will need to complete the form titled “APPLICATION FOR MINORS OR INCOMPETENTS” (dated 03/25/2015). Both of these forms are available on The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma website www.sno-nsn.gov.
Completed forms can be mailed in to Tribal Enrolment, P.O. Box 1498, Wewoka, OK 74884 or delivered in person to the Tribal Complex, 36645 Hwy 270, Wewoka, OK 74884.
- April 15, 2015 -Distribution of these will begin
The first group of Household Assistance payments will include qualifying applications received in Tribal Enrollment by April 2, 2015.
- July 15, 2015 - Deadline to update address
Qualified applicants who have not turned in an updated application by July 15, 2015 will not receive payment.
Career Services holding Summer Employment Program for Native Youth
Applications are being accepted through May 7 for the Career Services Summer Employment program, open to Native youth between the ages of 16 and 21. Applications can be picked up at the Tribal Complex in Wewoka or at the WIA Office at Mekusukey Mission. They can also be downloaded below.
For more information, call (405) 234-5249 or (405) 234-5252.
On Saturday, November 22, 2014 the Seminole Nation Veterans Cemetery Dedication was held at the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole.
Seminole Nation Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo gave the introduction and proceeded with the short version of the dedication due to inclement weather. The dedication began with the posting of the American flag by the Seminole Nation Honor Guard. Following the posting of the colors, Seminole Nation tribal members Walter Factor and Dorsey Nero sang a song and gave the invocation.
Former Assistant Chief Mary Ann Emarthle sang the National Anthem in the Mvskoke language.
Seminole Nation Assistant Chief Lewis Johnson gave his reflection and said, “It is a day of celebration because of the task that was set before the past and present leadership of the Seminole Nation, including the Seminole Nation General Council, Executive Department, Seminole Nation Cemetery Committee, Seminole Nation Veterans Committee, the distinctive tribal departments, contractors and architects who committed so much time and effort in executing their plans throughout the course of this project.”
“Because of the contributions of many, the dream has become reality. Together we can continue to honor the Veterans and their families with a final resting place specially designated for the brave and courageous men and women of the armed forces of the United States of America. May the Seminole Nation Veterans Cemetery Memorial be a lasting tribute that commemorates their service and sacrifice to this Nation,” Assistant Chief Johnson added.
The Seminole Nation Honor Guard gave a 21 gun salute, with Taps played by Scott Harjo. Dorsey Nero gave the prayer and benediction.
A luncheon followed the ceremony at the Seminole Nation Grisso Mansion.
The builders on this project were One Architecture, LLC and Builders Unlimited.