The Seminole Nation hosted a quarterly meting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes January 9-10, 2014 at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee.
Tribal leaders and employees met for two days to discuss a variety of important topics, including housing, cultural preservation, education, employment, tourism, language and energy policies.
Several resolutions were passed, all of them unanimously, at the Friday morning Inter-Tribal Council general session, including:
Res. 14-01 A resolution encouraging the Oklahoma State Legislature to strengthen protections of our Native children through the Indian Child Welfare Act
Res. 14-02 A resolution endorsing Oklahoma legislation designating the Oklahoma Native American Liaison as the Secretary of Native American Affiars
Res. 14-03 A resolution commending Congress for honoring 33 Native American Tribes with Congressional Gold Medals
Res. 14-04 A resolution endorsing Oklahoma legislation modifying the American Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act of 1974
Res. 14-05 A resolution requesting advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service
Res. 14-06 A resolution endorsing the Nunes Bill to promote the general welfare of tribal citizens
Res. 14-07 A resolution commending Congressman Mark Wayne Mullin for his leadership and efforts regarding the Native American Veterans Memorial
Res. 14-08 A resolution supporting Food Distribution Programs of the Five Civilized Tribes Fiscal Year 2014 Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education Grants to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services
Community Information Meetings rescheduled
The Seminole Nation is conducting a Community Input Survey to identify the needs of the tribe, to guide development of services and assist in setting program goals and budget priorities over the next several years.
The survey covers important issues the tribe is facing and the strategic direction of the tribe. There is a section of the survey for what types of services and programs are needed, such as business development ideas, health, housing, elder services, education and culture. Space is provided for your ideas and comments.
You can also provide input in person at the community meetings taking place in the month of February.
Community meetings will take place as follows:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
36633 Hwy 270 Wewoka, OK
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
US 377 & SH 56/39 Konawa, OK
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Mekusukey Mission, 12576 NS 3610 Seminole, OK
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The survey is available for pick-up at the Program Development office in Seminole at 215 E. Evans. For more information contact Andrea Ellis Harrison, Seminole Nation Program Development Office at (405) 303-2135.
Construction to begin on Seminole Nation Health and Wellness Center
In 2013, the Seminole Nation received an Indian Community Development Block Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs, for $800,000. The funds will be used to build a Health and Wellness Center and help to meet the growing demand for preventative health services for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma tribal community.
Seminole Nation Tribal Resolution TR 2011-142 authorized the submittal of the FY 2012 ICDBG application and certified that the tribal council supports and will leverage a twenty percent match for the Seminole Nation Community Health and Wellness Facility, which will be a $1 million multi-purpose facility with offices, conference and exercise rooms and other features.
In June 2011, tribal members were given options for the construction of a new community facility that would satisfy HUD’s requirements for ICDBG funding. About 70 per cent of those in attendance placed a high priority on a new health and wellness facility.
1Architecture, based in Tulsa, Okla. provided the architectural rendering of the wellness center. 1Architecture is a Native-owned company and has developed a national reputation for sustainable design, urban revitalization and culturally sensitive Native American work.
The Health and Wellness center will be located at the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole and will house the Seminole Nation Diabetes Program and Seminole Nation Community Health Representatives Program.
The Seminole Nation Diabetes program is funded through a Special Diabetes Program for Indians grant that provides funding for diabetes treatment and prevention services. Each year, $150 million is allocated to IHS facilities, and Tribal and Urban Indian health programs in 35 states to assist members of the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Seminole Nation Diabetes program staff consists of a program director, exercise specialist, nurse and administrative assistant. Together, they host daily fitness classes, provide diabetic screenings and health and fitness evaluations and engage in community outreach efforts to increase public awareness of diabetes and promote healthy behavior in an attempt to reduce the incidence of diabetes and its related risk factors.
The Seminole Nation Community Health Representatives Program is an Indian Health Service funded and directed program comprised of well-trained paraprofessional health care providers who provide health promotion and disease prevention services within tribal jurisdiction. In addition to health promotion, disease prevention and patient care services, the CHR program also provides home visits and community outreach and training efforts. With public health and safety as a chief concern, the CHR program hosts several community events throughout the year, including an annual child car seat safety event, in which child seats are given out and technicians instruct parents on proper installation and usage.
Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo and Assistant Chief Lewis Johnson met with Steven Wright, president of Builders Unlimited, Inc., a native-owned general contracting firm based in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, January 16, 2014 to finalize construction contracts.
A groundbreaking date has not yet been determined.
The Nak-kerretv Ohhayetv Curriculum Development Sequence Project has completed the Maskoke ‘Punvyvs! Speak Creek/Seminole! Level 1 Language textbook as part of an Administration for Native Americans funded Native Language Preservation and Maintenance grant.
The Curriculum Development team worked in close partnership with linguist, Dr. Jack Martin from the College of William & Mary. The project staff developed the 109-page textbook to assist in Maskoke language revitalization efforts.
The “Maskoke ʻPunvyvs!” Level I Textbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Maskoke Level I Audio CD and the Maskoke Level I flashcards as part of the foundational instructional material for any beginning second-language-learner.
The textbook includes parent/teacher guides that provide instructions for each lesson, including methods and activities.
Also available for purchase – along with the textbook, audio CD, and flashcards – is a set of twelve 24”x 36” full-color posters covering subjects such as Animals of the Plains, Animals at the Lake, Opposites, and the Four Seasons.
The Maskoke language edition is produced and distributed with the permission of The Language Conservancy.
For more information about “Maskoke ʻPunvyvs!” Level I materials, please contact Jeremiah Maylen, Nak-kerretv Ohhayetv Project Administrator, at (405) 765-2502.