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.
Tribe begins Household Assistance disbursement
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.
Chief Harjo appointed Intertribal Council President
The latest Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes quarterly meeting was held April 9-10, 2015 at the WinStar Casino and Hotel in Thackerville, Okla., hosted by the Chickasaw Nation.
The ITC meets on a quarterly basis, with each tribe taking turns hosting the event. The event takes place over two days, with seminars and speakers from each tribal department talking about what has been going on in their programs. On Thursday nights of each meeting, the host tribe puts on a banquet, and on Friday morning the ITC meets for a general session to discuss resolutions.
During the April 10 meeting, Seminole Nation Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo was elected president of the organization for the next year.
The ITC formed as a result of various meetings held in 1949 between various leaders and representatives of the Five Civilized Tribes. The Constitution of the Intertribal Council clearly stated the objectives as “to secure to ourselves and our descendants the rights and benefits to which we are entitled under the laws of the United States of America, and the State of Oklahoma; to enlighten the public toward a better understanding of the Indian race; to preserve Indian cultural values; to enhance and promote general educational opportunity among members of the Five Civilized Tribes; to seek equitable adjustments of tribal affairs; to secure and to preserve rights under Indian Treaties with the United States; and otherwise to promote the common welfare of the American Indians.”
The American Red Cross awarded $6.5 million in new grants to communities and tribes in Oklahoma to help homeowners affected by the May 2013 tornadoes install new storm shelters. The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for the construction/installation of safe rooms/ shelters in homes that provide protection from injury/death caused by the forces of extreme winds such as tornadoes or damaging straight-line winds.
Mickey Douglas, Seminole Nation Emergency Manager, submitted a grant application to the Red Cross on behalf of the Seminole Nation Tribal Members who were directly impacted by the severe storms and tornadoes during the incident period of May 18, 2013 to June 2, 2013 (DR-4117).
According to the Red Cross Grant guidelines, priority will be given to tribal members that were directly impacted by these storms. However, the guidelines do not prohibit any tribal member that lives in any one of the nine counties declared under DR-4117 as eligible to also receive a shelter, even if they were not directly impacted.
The counties included are: Canadian County, Cleveland County, Le Flore County, Lincoln County, McClain County, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma County, Okmulgee County, and Pottawatomie County.
The grant application Douglas submitted was approved and the tribe has been awarded a total of $230,000 from the American Red Cross organization to install the storm shelters for tribal members who are deemed eligible. There will be a total of 92 shelters installed at a cost of $2,500 per home. These shelters will accommodate six to eight people and can be installed inside a garage, outside the home, underground, or as a safe room for handicap persons who cannot gain access to an underground shelter.
The criteria to be eligible to receive one of these shelters are as follows:
1. You must be a Tribal Member of the Seminole Nation and have a valid Tribal Enrollment Card
2. You must own your home
3. Live within the following nine counties: Canadian County, Cleveland County, Le Flore County, Lincoln County, McClain County, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma County, Okmulgee County and Pottawatomie County
Please leave a message if needed and your call will be returned as soon as pos- sible.
If you are eligible for a shelter, or know someone who is, contact Douglas to have their name added to the list.