Phone: (918) 968-3526
The Nation’s Website: sacandfoxnation_nsn.gov
Vol. 31 No. 4 • April 2009
Chief Addresses the Nation March 9, 2009 – Sac and Fox Nation Learning Center, Stroud, OK The Sac and Fox Nation in partnership with the Pawnee Nation College started the first class for college credit with “Introduction to Tribal Sovereignty” which is being offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight weeks. Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), Weatherford, Ok. in partnership with Sac and Fox Nation will start college credit classes this summer via teleconference (long distance learning). Future classes are being scheduled March 7, 2009 – Tulsa City/County Central Library, Tulsa, OK The with Pawnee Nation College and “American Indian Festival of more information for both schools Words” was an event that I was able to may be obtained by contacting the attend that was hosted by this library. Learning Center at (918) 968-0509. Tribal member Washington was a gracious host to Sandra Massey March 13, 2009 – Shawnee and myself as I was asked to briefly Public Schools, Shawnee, OK. speak to the audience in attendance. I Superintendent Marilyn Bradford, was very much impressed with tribal Indian Education Director Graham member’s art projects displayed by Primeaux, and officials of Shawnee Jennie Bemo’s delegation of artists: Public Schools met with a contingency Jacob Gatlin, Leah Hanson, Chevaun of the Sac and Fox Nation; Language Gibson, Trey Bemo, Josh Gibson, Director Jacob Manitowa Bailey, Stephen Wapskineh, Angel Bemo, and IT Boyd Cummings, and myself, Tanea Mack. Congratulations on the to discuss developing an Indian display of your talents, representing Studies curriculum and offering Sauk the Meeker Public Schools and Sac language classes within the school system. Plans were initiated to offer and Fox Nation.
Haw Thakiwaki nihkanetike! (Hello, my Sac and Fox friends!) Kemenwipematethipwa (How are you)? Menohkamiwi (It’s Spring) and time for many of our kikenoweni (clan feasts), menwikenwi (so it’s good). Nemamatomo (I pray) wapanwi (each morning) nothenate (God, our Father) ketemakeshaki George Thurman, Principal Chief kihineneta (you think of us, take pity on) Thakiwaki (our people, Sac and Fox). Keep our people and leaders in your daily prayers!
I will be reporting on two topics this
month: Education and Language. March 2009 Long Distance Learning arrives at Sac and Fox Nation Capitol, Stroud, OK. The long awaited equipment finally arrived and was installed during the first week of March. This equipment consists of 2 monitors and a camera that will allow our Nation to offer college credit courses through partnerships with many higher education institutions via video conference (long distance learning). We will be able to offer Sauk language classes to various locations that have the video conferencing capabilities such as high schools within our jurisdiction.
My dream is to have Sac and Fox tribal communities within towns in our jurisdiction as well as out of state receiving these telecasts so that more tribal members will have the opportunity to learn our Sauk language! Dreams become realities whenever we work together to accomplish these goals.
S A C & F O X N AT I O N P O L I C E Looking out for your kids... According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, 876,213 persons reported missing to law enforcement agencies are under 18 years of age. If you were to visit the missing kids website you would find that there are currently 59 kids in Oklahoma that are classified as missing. Many of the kids that are missing are runaways, many are abducted. For those that are abducted the reasons and persons doing the abducting are strangers, family members and even parents. The reasons for the abductions vary from custody disputes, to the terrible predatory abductions we here about on the news. Whatever the reason abductions are becoming more common. According the the KLASS KIDS foundation
website there was a 468% jump in missing kids reports from 1982 to 2000. The Sac & Fox Nation recently experienced our own missing kid report. On March 3, 2009 Sac & Fox Nation Police Officer, Lt. Ken Ticknor took a missing persons report from Sac & Fox tribal member Sharyl Ann Allen. She reported that her 4 year old daughter had been allowed to go on a 12 day church trip where she was due return on February 26, and never returned home. Lt. Ticknor began his investigation on March 5th and was able to track the child through five states. On March 8th Lt. Ticknor determined the possiblity that the suspect and the child were located at a residence in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ticknor contacted and requested the assistance of the Albuquerque Po-
lice department and at the request of the SF Nation Police Dept., the child was taken into protective custody. The following morning Lt. Ticknor and our ICW (Indian Child Welfare), worker Tracy Haney traveled to New Mexico to take custody of the child. The child was returned to the mother on March 10. Officer Ticknor has been with the SF Police Department for Seven years, and is a Criminal Investigator and is also the Probation and Parole Officer.
Sauk Language classes beginning the second semester of the 20092010 school years. A curriculum is to be developed to teach Indian Studies consisting of tribal history and customs and tribal governments. Language could be incorporated eventually within this course. Plans are to possibly offer this course in the first semester of the 20092010 school years. These courses would be offered via Long Distance Learning through the new system installed at our Learning Center on the Capitol grounds in Stroud, Ok. These same goals can be reached working with other high schools within our tribal jurisdiction that have the equipment. I will be instructing our Tribal Administrator to work with the Education and Language Departments to contact the schools in Shtowateki / Stroud, Koshineki / Cushing, Chenineheki / Chandler, Pwekeki / Prague, Mikeheki / Meeker, Agra, and Ripley, in addition to Shaniheki / Shawnee to check if they have the capability for long distance learning. March 14, 2009 – OSSAA Class 2A State Championship Basketball, Oklahoma City, OK The Jim NorickArena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds has played host to
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Sac & Fox News The Sac & Fox News is the monthly publication of the Sac and Fox Nation, located on SH99, six miles south of Stroud, OK. Mailing address: Rt 2, Box 246, Stroud, OK. 74079. Phone: 918-968-3526. Fax: 918-968-4837. The Sac & Fox News is the official publication of the Sac and Fox Nation. Our mission is to meet all tribal members information needs concerning the Nation. The Sac & Fox News is mailed free, one per address, to enrolled Sac and Fox tribal members. Paid subscriptions are available for $12.00 annually. Editorial statements, guest columns, and letters to the editor published in this newspaper contain the opinions of the writers. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Sac and Fox News staff or any elected official or department of tribal government or administration. The Sac and Fox News reserves the right to refuse publication of letters to the editor. All editorials and letters to the editor become the property of the Sac and Fox News. Submissions for publication must be signed by the author and include an address and contact phone number. They are limited to 300 words. The staff will not edit editorials or letters to the editor to fit the 300-word limit. Deadline for May 2009 publication is Monday, May 25, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Reprint permission is granted, with proper credit to the Sac and Fox News, unless other copyrights are shown. Articles and letters may be hand-delivered to the newspaper or mailed to the address provided above, or email: [email protected]
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Managing Editor, Vacant Publisher, Sac and Fox Nation Member of Native American Journalists Assn - Since 1988 ~~~~~~~
Tribal Officers: 918-968-3526 or 800-259-3970
Principal Chief: George Thurman Telephone Ext. 1004 [email protected]
Second Chief: Cheryl L. McClellan Telephone Ext. 1005 [email protected]
Secretary: Gwen McCormick Wilburn Telephone Ext. 1007 [email protected]
Treasurer: Michael Hackbarth Telephone Ext. 1006 [email protected]
Committee Member: Stella Nanaeto Telephone Ext. 1011 [email protected]
Business Committee Mailing Address Route 2 Box 246 Stroud, OK 74079
Obituaries Beyond this vale of tears, there is a life above. Unmeasured by the flight of years, and all that life is love.
William Jacob (Jake) Tiger
Shawnee resident William Jacob (Jake) Tiger died Wednesday March 11, 2009 in Shawnee at the age of 36. He was born Aug. 23, 1972 in Lawton, Okla., to William A. Tiger and Wanda Sue (Wood) Tiger. He attended Fort Yates Public School North Dakota. He was married to Marion Ellis. Jake was a general laborer. He was a member of First Indian Baptist Church, very active in tribal cultural activities; member of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma, Singer with many drum groups from Oklahoma to Canada. Jake and Don Marland, traveled to Connecticut to Schumitzn Pow-Wow. Their drum took 3rd place. He was so proud to be on the CD and video. Jake also loved his many mission trips he took with his family and different churches. He was preceded in death by his parents, William A Tiger and Wanda Sue (Wood) Tiger; brother, Mark A. Tiger; grandfathers Ewnah J. tiger and Freeland Wood; grandmothers, Lorena Mack Wood and Lillian Foster; uncles, Freeland “Woody” Wood Jr., Eddie Wood, Jim Wood and Bob Wood; aunts Betty Hernandez, Bill Jo Wood and Katie Louise Harjo. Survivors include his sister, Leona M. Tiger of Shawnee; brothers, Charles E. Tiger and Abbey Tiger of Florida, Boyd and Lori Tiger of Prague, Jimmy and Mike Dover of Shawnee, Robin Tiger and Gene Kemp of Shawnee, Tony and Brenda Tiger of Tahlequah, George Tiger of Meeker, Channa Tiger and Edgar Butlar of Drumright; uncle H.D. and aunt Katie Wood of Meeker; aunt Pat of Shawnee; double cousins, Lorena K. Wood-Bynum and Stephanie Wood of Shawnee; nephews, Kyle Gipp of Shawnee, C.J. and Chand Laundreaux of Shawnee, Dylan and Pvt. 1st Class Devon Fixico of Drumright, Okla., Isiah Marshal of Davenport Okla., Alec Tiger of Tahlequah, and WambdiSka Tiger of Shawnee; nieces, Chasid Laundreaux of Shawnee, Alexadria Marshall of Shawnee, Alexandria Marshall of Shawnee, Alyssa Fixico and Alexis Tiger of Drumright, and Markie and Andie Tiger of Fort Yates, N.D. The wake was held Friday, March 13, 2009 at First Indian Baptist Church, Shawnee, OK. The funeral service was held at noon on Saturday March 14, 2009 also at First Indian Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Anderson and the Rev. Duane Pratt Sr. officiating. Burial was at the Johnson Family Cemetery.
George R. Swtich “Fooze”
Shawnee resident George Robert (Da Fooze) Switch, 61, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009 at his place of residence. He was born Sept. 1, 1947 in Shawnee, Okla. to Thomas Alfred Switch and Mary Nancy Walker (Switch.) He attended College to obtain an Engineering degree. George married Liza Cerbito-Switch. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. U.S. Postal Service as a Letter Carrier in Tecumseh for 28 years. He was a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe and the Thunder Clan. He enjoyed sports, bowling, horse racing and dog racing. George was Preceeded in death by his parents. Survivors include wife, Liza Cerbito-Switch; two daughters, Zinena Switch of Shawnee, Venice and husband Curtis Loveless Jr. of Shawnee; grandchildren, Kayla Masquas, Jordan Masquas, Eric Masquas, Taliah Switch, Brandon Switch, Amaya Loveless all of Shawnee, Tomi A. Calderon, Anthoni M. Calderon; brother, Curtis Wakolee of West Covina, Calif.; nieces, Shirleen Wakolee, Briana Wakolee, Annette Wakolee; and numerous other relatives and friends. Traditional Tribal Rites were Saturday evening March 21, 2009 at the Nancy Walker home. Burial was Sunday morning March 22, 2009 at Wakolee Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.
Herbert “Toney” Couteau Jr.
Herbert “Toney” Couteau Jr. passed from this life Friday, March 13, 2009. Toney was born April 13, 1930 in Drumright, Okla., to Herbert Couteau and Della Brown. He spent most of his life in Shawnee and was married to Mary Pollard. Toney joined the U. S. Marines early in life, was a Drill Sergeant during part of his career, and after 30 years of service retired as an E-7 (SSG) Gunny Sergeant. He was very proud of his military career, and after retiring he became a member of the V.F.W., D.A.V., and American Legion. Toney was preceded in death by his parents and half-brothers, William Morefield and James Morefield. He leaves behind, his wife, Mary; sons, Adrian Pollard and Larry Pollard; daughters, Tanya Couteau and Vicki Chase; half-sisters, Madge Hallman and Lorene Johnson; grandchildren, LaCinda Nicole Reeser, Sarah Elizabeth Reeser, Douglas Drake, Todd Drake, and Heidi Hodgson; several great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2009 at Resthaven Funeral Home in Shawnee. Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dan Marker officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee, Okla. The Sac and Fox Office of Environmental Services will host an open house on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2009 to promote the development and utilization of their latest projects; the event will be held from 11:00 – 2:00. More information will be provided in the April issue of the Sac and Fox News.
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Helen Marie (Walker) Parnacher, Linda Y. Beene
Tribal member Linda Y. Beene passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, at a Local Hospital. She was born August 7, 1949, in Pawnee, Okla. to Rodney John Snodgrass and Cecilia Lois Wakolee. Linda graduated from Shawnee High School, and married Herman Floyd Beene who preceded her in death in 1971. Linda was also a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe. She made her home in Shawnee, OK. She is survived by her mother, Lois Washington of Shawnee; one brother and sister-in-law, Wayne Gordon Snodgrass and wife Terry of Shawnee; one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Rimer and husband Clayton of Shawnee; several nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Graveside services were held Friday, March 6, 2009, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee, OK under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.
New Castle resident Helen Marie (Walker) Parnacher, 74, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009 at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born Dec. 8, 1934 in El Reno, Okla. to Harry B. Walker Sr. and Laura (Kishketon) Walker. She attended school in McLoud. She married Floyd Parnacher in 1962. Helen worked as a Bus Aid for the Board of Education in Oklahoma City. She was a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe, and a volunteer for the Chickasaw Senior Site in Purcell. She enjoyed making key chains, etching glass and going to the casino. She was preceeded in death by her father; and a daughter, Bobbie Jean Murdock. Survivors include husband, Floyd Parnacher of New Castle; five children, Francene Wolfe of Shawnee, Gloria Foster of OKC, Gail Lynn Depue and husband David of OKC, Vicky Harley and husband Gary of New Castle, Steven Parnacher of OKC; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; mother, Laura Walker of Shawnee; one brother, Harry B. Walker Jr. and wife Dean of Phoenix, AZ.; one sister, Mary Georgie Rolette of Shawnee; many nieces; nephews, and other family and friends. Service were held 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Chapel of Walker Funeral Service with Harry Walker Jr. and Ben Little officiating.
Jack Elba Tiger
BOSSIER CITY, LA - Jack Elba Tiger was born September 12, 1926 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Jack was full-blood Native American (half Sauk and Fox and half Euchee). Following in the footsteps of his father he served in the Navy at age 17. He served in the Admiralty Islands on the destroyer USS Bache in WWII. In 1955, Jack enlisted in the U.S.A.F. where he attended air training command to be certified in aircraft mechanics. He volunteered and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam Conflict where he served as C-123 crew chief with the 19th Special Operations squadron and his tour of duty was cut short when his plane was shot down and he remained the only surviving member. In April of 1974, after 22 years of service, he retired with many honors, including a certificate of merit to the mission of Strategic Air Command for the 2d Bombardment Wing. Jack served as Trustee in the Sergeants Association and chaplain for the VFW Post 5951. His love of flying continued on after retirement where he was employed with Boeing Aircraft and Northrop Air and belonged to the Barksdale Aero Club. In 1994, he was selected by his Indian tribe, the Sac and Fox Nation, as Senior Man of the Year. He was the eldest of six siblings. He is survived by three sisters: Dorothy Tiger of Albuquerque, NM, Yvonne Goodeagle and Corrine Tsoodle of Cushing, OK and one brother, Herschal Tiger of Stroud, OK. He was the proud Father of two sons, Jack Allen Tiger of Anchorage, AK and Phillip Andrew Tiger of Bossier City, LA. He was also the respected father of three daughters: Jackie Ann Jones and husband Jimmy of Anchorage, AK, Sherry Tiger-Dennis and husband Jeremy of Benton, LA and Shawnda Flores and husband Larry of Bossier City, LA. He shared many tears of joy with all 5 of his grandchildren: Chris and Corey Jones, Katy Tiger, all of Anchorage, AK, Valencia and Olivia Flores both of Bossier City, LA. Jack passed away resting peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 8, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Maxine Tiger. Jack was laid to rest with full military honors and full traditional Sac and Fox Burial Rites at the Tiger Cemetery in Cushing, Oklahoma on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his father Elba Tiger and mother, Florence Conger Tiger and one brother, Lloyd Tiger.
Thank you from the family of Jack Elba Tiger
On behalf of the family of Jack Elba Tiger, we would like to thank the Sac and Fox Nation for all of the support we received. A Special Thanks goes to Raymond Massey for officiating the services, Marilyn Spoon, Larita Ponkilla, Vera Grant, Lisa Fixico, Sandra Kay, Austin Grant, Jr., Jay Paul Wilson, Jeffrey Wilson, and Bud McClellan. From the deepest part of our hearts we thank each and every person who assisted in our loved one’s preparation for his last journey. Thanks to Palmer-Marler Funeral Home for their professionalism and promptness in this time of grief and mourning. The family would like to thank the young Bass boys, they delivered a truckload of firewood that helped keep our fire going! Much appreciation goes to the Sac and Fox Honor Guard and Vance Air Force Base Honor Guard for their honorable services, we know Jack would have been proud of all of the events that took place in his honor. In our time of need, you was there.. With open arms and hearts, you was there.. To heal our deepest hurts and pains.. Even though our tears fell like rain..
Thank you from the family of Stephen Daniel Ortega
Thank you all who were so very helpful and understanding in the untimely loss of our beloved son, grandson, nephew, and dear family member, Steven Daniel Ortega. To Pastor William Haley who assured us, by God’s Holy Word, that through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, we will see each other again and have an awesome and wonderful future to look forward to in Thank you from The Jack Elba Tiger Family in Oklahoma and Bossier City, Louisiana God’s Kingdom; to Forrest “Kisko” Walker for the Sac and Fox traditional services; to Principal Chief George Thurman who gave a comREQUIREMENTS forting Prayer for Steven and the FOR family at the funeral service; to the SFN VEHICLE TAG SAC AND FOX TAX COMMISSION cooks; the servers; the gravediggers; Requirements to purchase a vehicle tag REVENUE from Sac and Fox Nation you will need to and dear family members, relatives, March 2009 provide the following documentation and friends who were there for us Tobacco Tax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .$29,462.40 when you come to the Tax Commission with comforting words and prayers; office: Motor Vehicle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,440.25 cards; letter; food; and the lovely Proof of Sac and Fox Nation Tribal Sales Tax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .$8,991.41 flowers and plants. Membership Treasury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.00 Proof of residency in Sac and Fox Nation We are encouraged and grateful Jurisdiction. Oil & Gas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $390.30 for your loving support every mo(Driverís License, Utility Bill or Notorized Gaming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .$214,178.24 ment that helped us at this most difDocumentaion, etc.) Proof of Insurance ficult time. We shall always rememFor additional information please call the TOTAL . . . . . . . $255,178.24 ber you and we love you too. Sac and Fox Tax Commission office at 918-968-3526.
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Happy April Birthday to the Following Elders! Elizabeth Ahkeahbo Wallace H. Allen Tina Jean Blackburn Wanda Yvonne Brown Gerald Bushyhead Kenneth Clark Thelma Mae Coker Herbert Couteau Michael Harry Deer Alice April Eason Sharon L. Ebbinga Beverly sue Gibson Leo Elmer Gokey Francis Grant John Grass Ralph Hamblin Edith Lucille Harjo Raymond Lee Harris Ruby Cox Harris Ernest L. Hocker Kenneth E. Hocker Robert V. Hocker Carol Ann Holmes Dorene Katherine Keo
Charles Dewayne Lasley Gene W. Lasley Merlin McClellan Wallace B. McClellan William Scott McCoy Naomi Shognosh-McCoy Clifford Farrell Monday Donald Chad Monday Annetta Harris Monsen Carol B. Patterson Charles A. Poitras Harriet Oresa Rice Richard W. Rice Ramona Harjo Rico Barbara T. Smith Lawanna Jean Sugar Rose Thompson Marvin Thurman Ruby Mae Vandever Jessie Lee Walker Jimmy Kent Waller David Jan Whistler Donn Whistler Annabelle Wiseman
We apologize if we left anyone off the list. Please let us know so we add you to the next issue. Please call the Sac & Fox News. Thank you!
SAC & FOX NATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES The following is a list of job vacancies with the Sac & Fox Nation: Accounting Technician Landscaper Assistant Cook Managing Editor Health Director registered nurse CHR I Executive Assistant Historical Researcher Licensed Clinical Social Worker Physical Therapist Resident Advisor Surveillance Observer maintenance tech custodian (as of April 7, 2009)
Applicants must successfully pass an OSBI/National background check and drug screen. Preference in hiring is given to qualified Native Americans. Applicants claiming Indian Preference must provide a copy of their CDIB. For more information and to learn how to apply please visit our website at: www.sacandfoxnation.com or contact Human Resources, Sac and Fox Nation, Rt. 2 Box 246, Stroud, OK 74079 or by phone (918) 968-3526
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300 YEARS OF AMERICAN HISTORY PRESENTED FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE WE SHALL REMAIN is the groundbreaking five-part television series from American Experience that spans 300 years to tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective. WE SHALL REMAIN shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. American Experience: WE SHALL REMAIN represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involved Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective beginning Monday, April 13 and running Mondays through May 11, 2009. WE SHALL REMAIN is scheduled on Oklahoma City OETA at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009. Check TV guide for possible schedule changes. To see a complete listing of the 5 episodes, details on each, and air dates, go to (cut and past this website address: http:// www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/beyond_broadcast/ coalitions_oklahoma For local broadcast times check your local PBS channel. In the Oklahoma City area you may go to: http://oeta.onenet.net/
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SFN RODEO COMITEE
Earth Day Article Submitted by: Wiyanna Morris
Earth day started in 1970 as a means to build awareness on environmental issues. Nearly 20 million Americans participated in nationwide events that focused on a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment. Today, Earth Day is an international event to provide visibility on year round efforts to improve the environment. The environmental issues facing the first Earth Day participants in 1970 are still relevant today. To celebrate the 39th annual Earth Day, the Sac and Fox Nation’s Office of Environmental Services will host an Open House on April 22, 2009 between 11:00 and 2:00 pm. The Open House will showcase the development and utilization of our latest projects to improve the environment. One of our projects is a recycling program. The program will collect numerous items to recycle on behalf of the Nation. Last month Ginger Standing discussed sustainability. This month we will elaborate on a tool of sustainability, recycling. A good portion of what you throw in the garbage each day is paper. The U.S. EPA estimates that paper and paperboard account for almost 40 percent of our garbage. The average American household receives more than 500 pieces of advertising mail each year and the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. Advertising mail and office paper are highly recyclable. In 2006, the recycling of plastic b o t t l e s reached a record high of 2.3 billion pounds. Despite this high number, the recycling rate for plastic bottles is only 24 percent. In the United States, plastics are made primarily from domestic natural gas. By recycling plastics, we make that energy available for new products or for other purposes like heating and cooling our homes. For example, over 4 billion pounds of plastics were recycled in the United States in 2006, saving enough energy to heat over 2.1 million homes. Every ton of plastic bottles recycled saves about 3.8 barrels of oil. Recycled plastic bottles are used to make hundreds of everyday products, ranging from fleece jackets and carpeting to detergent bottles and lumber for outdoor decking. Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial airline fleet. The energy saved from recycling one aluminum can will operate your television set for three hours. The aluminum can is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled indefinitely. Aluminum cans are unique in that in 60 days a can is recycled, turned into a new can and back on store shelves. Beyond resource conservation and managing solid waste, recycling creates jobs in Oklahoma. Recent studies show that there are more than 5,000 jobs in Oklahoma created from recycling related processes. These jobs represent over 300 million dollars in payroll each year. Recycling is good for the Earth and good for the economy of Oklahoma. Come check out our recycling program on April 22, 2009 from 11:00 - 2:00 pm during our Open House.
The Sac and Fox Nation Rodeo Committee announces thier current officeers: Rowe Kishkton-Chairman, Greg Morris - Vice Chairmain, Marilyn Wood - Secretary, April Marble - Treasurer, Marvin Thurman - Rodeo Coordinator, G.K. Morris-Assistant Rodeo Coordinator. The Rodeo Committee has several members and welcomes anyone interested in helping put on a variety of Rodeo events at our new and upcoming
Rodeo Arena. Thus far we have planned a Rodeo on Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th during this years Annual Sac and Fox Pow-Wow, with more announcements to come. Anyone interested in bringing Region 8 All Indian Rodeo Association back to Oklahoma, then please come and join us at our next Rodeo Meeting scheduled for: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 2:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Multi-Purpose Building.
C HI E F T H U R M A N the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association Basketball State Championships for many years and I have attended watching Sequoyah Indian School, Tahlequah, Ok. and Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, Ok. coached by tribal member R.G. Harris. This year, the Panihaki / Pawnee, Ok. Black Bears captured the 2A State Championship in a thrilling overtime game and what makes this game stand above all other games that I have watched is the roster had tribal member Caleb Tiger listed. This young man has brought honor to the Sac and Fox Nation and his family, not by just wearing the championship medal around his neck and hoisting the championship trophy above his head, but by the way he has fought adversity and came back to ehpakahatoweyani (play ball) his senior year in high school. Please read his story in the March 2009 Sac and Fox News and
you will see how this athlete didn’t think akwi kehkenetamanini (I don’t know) netahto amokwiweni (I’ve got cancer), but instead dedicated his comeback to a friend who died of cancer, Jared Traylor! Caleb is a Christian and knows that prayers are answered. Take the time to meet this young man and listen to his testimony, you will be blessed. Tribal members that are athletes in any sport please use Caleb as a role model and remember to give God the glory and praise whenever you accomplish the goals that you set for yourselves. I will close with this Scripture: Psalm 100:4-5 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Sincerely, George Thurman, Principal Chief
The Sac and Fox Office of Environmental Services will host an open house on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2009 to promote the development and utilization of their latest projects; the event will be held from 11:00 – 2:00. More information will be provided in the April issue of the Sac and Fox News.
Sac and Fox Nation Office of Environmental Services 918-968-0046 Located between the Courthouse and Juvenile Center
Sac and Fox Elders
handyman-appliance program The SFN Elders Handyman/Appliance has started. Any tribal member 55 years of age or older may apply. However, if an elder received assistance last year, he/she is not elegible to apply again this year. Call Elders Coordinator Jean Lynam for information at 918-9683526 x1054 or drop by her office at the SFN Capital Complex.
WILLS CLINIC Oklahoma Indian Legal Services will be available at the Sac and Fox Justice Center on May 29, 2009 to assist individuals in completing their wills. The Realty Department no longer assists with wills. Contact the Sac and Fox Judicial Offices, Office of the Court Clerk at 918-968-2031 or 800-404-3189 to schedule an appointment or for more information. Important: Please make an appointment prior to May 29th with the Court Clerk so that Oklahoma Indian Legals Services will know how many attorneys to bring.
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Seaman Recruit Bryan Beau Bowers
Seman Recruit Bowers,(Bryan B.) walked with his fellow recruits in the U.S. Navy’s Recruit Graduation Ceremony on December 5, 2008, in Great Lakes, Illinois after 6 months of training and preparation. Bryan, age 20, is the son of tribal member Deanna Goke and Dad Beau Bowers, and the grandson of tribal member Shirley Masquat Salway and the late Darrell Gokey all Sac and Fox tribal members. The family is extremely proud of Seaman Bowers as he follows in a long line of servicemen.
A T T E N T I O N TRIBAL MEMBERS ONLY! SAC AND FOX NATION EXCESS PROPERTY AVAILABLE AT THE “BARN” (Located on the Rodeo Grounds) APRIL 30, 2009 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MAY 1, 2009 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONTACT LETHA CARTER PROPERTY & PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT 918-968-3526
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term expiration date of September 30, 2010. (Vote: George Thurman-yes, January 6th, 2009 The following mini-minutes are official actions approved by Cheryl McClellan-absent, Michael the Business Committee in a Special meeting held the 6th day of January 2009 and are to Hackbarth-absent, Gwen McCormick be followed up by the Director and/or Coordinator whose department they pertain to: Wilburn-yes, Stella Nanaeto-yes.) 1. The December 22, 2008 Emer- tion authorizing and approving an 7. Tribal members Jamie Barse, gency Special Business Committee agreement between the Sac and Fox Crystal Nanaeto, and Jacklyn WilMeeting minutes were approved. Nation Black Hawk Health Center liams were appointed to the Sac and 2. Resolution SF-09-109, a resolution and National Pharmaceutical Servic- Fox Nation Activity Committee. authorizing and approving an agree- es, per agreement Contract #2008- 8. Applicant numbers 162-165 for ment between the Sac and Fox Na- 12-11. (Vote: Gwen McCormick the Tribal Emergency Home Repair tion Black Hawk Health Center and Wilburn-yes, Stella Nanaeto-yes, list as identified in a memorandum Health Net Pharmaceutical Services, George Thurman-yes, Cheryl Mc- dated January 6, 2009 were approved per agreement Contract #2008-11-07. Clellan-absent, Michael Hackbarth- as presented. (Vote: Cheryl McClellan-absent, Mi- absent.) 9. An update to the Attorney Work chael Hackbarth-absent, Gwen Mc- 5. Resolution SF-09-112, a resolu- Request form was approved with the Cormick Wilburn-yes, Stella Nanae- tion approving the United States En- stipulation that the footer be changed to-yes, George Thurman-yes.) vironmental Protection Agency Clean to v.1. January 6, 2009. 3. Resolution SF-09-110, a resolu- Air Act Section 203 Ozone and Mete- 10. Resolution SF-09-114, a resotion authorizing and approving an orological Project Budget Modifica- lution authorizing and approving an agreement between the Sac and Fox tion #2 in the amount of $107,084.00 agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation Black Hawk Health Center with the funding source identified Nation and Loretta Ponkilla, per Conand Fidelity Healthcare Consultants, as the United States Environmental tract #2009-01-01, the funding source Inc., per agreement Contract #2008- Protection Agency, XA-96653701-0. is identified as FY-2008 Revenue Al11-01, to provide comprehensive (Vote: Stella Nanaeto-yes, George location Plan Carryover for the Audit physical and rehabilitation therapy to Thurman-yes, Cheryl McClellan- of Enrollment line item; the contract patients. (Vote: Michael Hackbarth- absent, Michael Hackbarth-absent, is dated retroactive to December absent, Gwen McCormick Wilburn- Gwen McCormick Wilburn-yes.) 17, 2008. (Vote: Stella Nanaetoyes, Stella Nanaeto-yes, George 6. Resolution SF-09-113, a resolu- yes, George Thurman-yes, Cheryl Thurman-yes, Cheryl McClellan- tion appointing Shawna Spoon to the McClellan-yes, Michael Hackbarthabsent.) Sac and Fox Nation Health Advisory absent, Gwen McCormick Wilburn4. Resolution SF-09-111, a resolu- Board Position Number Three with a yes.)
Bu s i n ess C o m m i t tee A ctions The following mini-minutes are official actions approved by the Business Committee in a Special meeting held the 20th day of January 2009 and are to be followed up by the Director and/or Coordinator whose department they pertain to:
January 20, 2009
The following mini-minutes are official actions approved by the Business Committee in a regular meeting held on the 20th day of January, 2009 and are to be followed up by the Director whose department they pertain to: 1) Approved Resolution SF-09-116 designating George Thurman, Principal Chief, Cheryl L. McClellan, Second Chief, Michael Hackbarth, Treasurer, Gwen McCormick Wilburn, Secretary, and Stella Nullake Nanaeto, Committee Member of the Sac and Fox Nation as the Business Committee members authorized to complete and sign Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment. (VOTE: George Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 2) Approved the demolition of the old courthouse building, the immediate source of funds being RAP with the possibility of offsetting expenses with IRR funds. Directed the Interim Tribal Administrator to pursue the removal of the old courthouse. 3) Accepted the immediate resignation of Randle Carter from the Tax Commission, declaring a vacancy. 4) Approved Resolution SF-09117 (with corrections) approving a Memorandum of Understanding, identified as Contract #2008-12-13, that sets forth an understanding relating to the maintenance responsibilities and improvements of roads and bridges in the foreseeable future with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and authorizing the Principal Chief to execute the Memorandum of Understanding with the
Oklahoma Department of Transportation. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 5) Approved Resolution SF-09-118 (with corrections) approving, authorizing, adopting, submitting, and directing the Bureau of Indian Affairs to accept and include the Memorandum of Understanding between the Sac and Fox Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation regarding road/bridge maintenance responsibilities and improvements to be officially included as a part of the Nation’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and to be officially included into the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservation Road Inventory System on behalf of the Sac and Fox Nation. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 6) Authorized the Principal Chief to issue a letter of support to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in their 2009 grant application for Rehabilitation Services Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians with Disabilities. 7) Denied the request for funding by a tribal member to build a cover for a sweat lodge. 8) Approved Resolution SF-09119 authorizing and approving an agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation Black Hawk Health Center and Medtrak Pharmacy Services per Contract #2008-12-04. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes)
9) Approved Resolution SF-09120 authorizing and approving the agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation Black Hawk Health Center and Idealscripts Network Pharmacy per Contract #2008-12-05. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 10) Approved Resolution SF-09121 authorizing and approving an agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation Black Hawk Health Center and Eagle Imaging Management Group, LLC per Contract #2009-0102. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 11) Approved Resolution SF09-122 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Tribal Capitol Security budget modification #1 in the total amount of One Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-One Dollars ($125,461.00) with the funding source identified as Indirect Cost. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 12) Approved Resolution SF-09123 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Tribal Police Operations budget modification #1 in the total budget amount of One Hundred SeventyFour Thousand One Hundred Two Dollars ($174,102.00) with the funding source identified as Sac and Fox Nation Treasury Appropriations. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 13) Approved Resolution SF-09124 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Indian Health Services Compact budget modification #2 in the total budget amount of Five Million Eight Hundred Forty-One Thousand
11. Resolution SF-09-115, a resolution authorizing and approving an agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation Black Hawk Health Center and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., per agreement Contract #2008-11-08. (Vote: George Thurman-yes, Cheryl McClellan-yes, Michael Hackbarthabsent, Gwen McCormick Wilburnyes, Stella Nanaeto-yes.) 12. HRPA #2009-27 was approved as presented. 13. HRPA #2009-28 was approved as presented. 14. HRPA #2009-29 was approved as presented. 15. Addendum #1 dated January 6, 2009 to Contract #2008-09-20 dated September 30, 2008 for Chapel/Interior Construction, with additional funds to be paid from 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Chapel Committee and Chapel Committee CD investment funds with the scope of work dated January 5, 2009 in the amount of $99,187.00 was approved.
Seven Hundred Sixty-One Dollars ($5,841,761.00) with the funding source identified as the Indian Health Services Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Funding Agreement. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 14) Approved Resolution SF-09125 approving the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program budget in the total budget amount of Thirty-Four Thousand Fifty-Nine Dollars ($34,059.00) with the funding source identified as the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs Grant #G09JOOKLIEA. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 15) Approved Resolution SF-09126 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan On-Site Technology Management budget in the total funding amount of EightyTwo Thousand Eight Hundred SixtyThree Dollars ($82,863.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 16) Approved Resolution SF-09127 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Realty budget in the total funding amount of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/ GC-09-05 carryover monies from Fiscal Year 2008. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 16) Approved Resolution SF-09-
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Bu s i n ess C o m m i t tee A ctions The following mini-minutes are official actions approved by the Business Committee in a Special meeting held the 6th day of January 2009 and are to be followed up by the Director and/or Coordinator whose department they pertain to:
128 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Tribal Court budget in the total funding amount of Eleven Thousand Eight Hundred Thirteen Dollars ($11,813.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 18) Approved Resolution SF-09129 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Tax Commission budget in the total funding amount of Forty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($49,400.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolutions SF/GC-09-05 and SF/ GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 19) Approved Resolution SF-09-130 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Copiers Lease budget in the total funding amount of Thirty Thousand Six Hundred Thirty-Two Dollars ($30,632.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolutions SF/GC-09-05 and SF/GC-0906. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 20) Approved Resolution SF-09131 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Education Department budget in the total funding amount of Three Hundred Seventy-Eight Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-Nine Dollars ($378,469.00)
with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolutions SF/GC-09-05 and SF/ GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 21) Approved Resolution SF09-132 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Attorney General budget in the total funding amount of Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($7,875.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 22) Approved Resolution SF-09133 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan NAGPRA/ Historic Preservation budget in the total funding amount of SeventySix Thousand Two Hundred Eight Dollars ($76,208.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/ GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 23) Approved Resolution SF-09-134 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan ICDBG matching funds for the Lagoon Cells Grant budget in the total funding amount of One Hundred Fifty-One Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($151,200.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-06 for Fiscal Year 2009. (VOTE: George – Yes;
Bu s i n ess C o m m i t tee A ctions Please be advised that the following are official actions taken by the Business Committee in a Special Business Committee Meeting held the 11th, 12th & 13th days of February, 2009. These actions are to be followed up by the appropriate departments.
The Following actions took place in a Special Business Committee Meeting held on the 11th day of February, 2009. All resolutions & correspondence should reflect this. 1) Approved the minutes of the July 8, 2008 Special Business Committee Meeting. (Vote: Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes) 2) Approved the minutes of the December 5, 2008 Emergency Special Business Committee Meeting. (Vote: Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent) 3) Approved the minutes of the January 6, 2009 Special Business Committee Meeting. (Vote: Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Abstain) 4) Approved the minutes of the January 20, 2009 Regular Business Committee Meeting. (Vote: Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes)
5) Approved the lease agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation and Sauk Business Enterprises, Inc. that includes the 5 year term with option to renew and does not include any impairment clause language. (Vote: George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes) 6) Approved payment for the cost of the Tribal Court Assessment in the total amount of $700.00. (Vote: Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes) 7) Approved Resolution SF09-141, a resolution approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Sac and Fox Nation Rodeo Committee Budget in the total funding amount of Twelve Thousand Seventy-Seven Dollars ($12,077.00). (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes) 8) Approved Resolution SF09-142, a resolution authorizing and approving an agreement between the
Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 24) Approved Resolution SF-09135 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Information Technology budget in the total funding amount of One Hundred Fifty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty-Eight Dollars ($156,858.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolutions SF/GC-09-05 and SF/ GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 25) Approved Resolution SF-09136 approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Newspaper budget in the total funding amount of Fifty-Eight Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty-Two Dollars ($58,762.00) with the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-05 and SF/GC-0906. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 26) Approved Resolution SF-09137 supporting the United States Decennial Census. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Yes; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) 27) Authorized the Principal Chief to sign the Letter of Intent to the Children’s Bureau Regional Program Manager regarding the Nation’s plans to apply for a one-time development grant of up to $300,000. The purpose will aid in the forward movement of Title IV-E direct funding access. 28) Authorized the Interim Tribal Administrator and the Treasurer to develop a Nation-wide RAP time study plan. 29) Approved Resolution SF-09138 appointing Ruby Withrow to the
Black Hawk Health Center Health Advisory Board Position Number Two (2) with a term expiration date of September 30, 2011. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Absent; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Yes; and Stella – Yes) EXECUTIVE SESSION: 30) Approved Resolution SF-09-139 authorizing the purchase of real property described as surface and surface rights only in and to the SW/4, NE/4 of Section 23, Township 17 North, Range 06 East of the Indian Meridian in Payne County, Oklahoma containing forty (40) acres more or less including the perpetual easement of the road accessing the property with the funding approved and appropriated by Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-06. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Absent; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Absent; and Stella – Yes) 31) Approved HRPA#2009-31 as presented. 32) Tabled HRPA#2009-32 and referred back to the Interim Tribal Administrator to gather more information. 33) Tabled HRPA#2009-33 and referred back to the Human Resources Department to gather more information. NEW BUSINESS 34) Approved Resolution SF-09140 authorizing and approving an agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation and Larry Finch Building Corporation in the amount of Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($13,500.00) per Contract #2009-0106 with the funding source identified as Treasury. (VOTE: George – Yes; Cheryl – Absent; Gwen – Yes; Mike – Absent; and Stella – Yes)
Sac and Fox Nation and Brad Phillips, with the funding source identified as the Veterans Memorial Fund and one additional ‘whereas’ to be added. (Treasurer Hackbarth made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes) The following actions took place in a Reconvened Special Business Committee Meeting held on the 12th day of February, 2009. All resolutions & correspondence should reflect this. 9) Approved Resolution SF-09143, a resolution authorizing the Policy Analyst to develop a position paper and cover letter in regard to the Nations’ opposition of the English only state language law. (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. (Vote: Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Yes) 10) Approved (by consensus) letter to be sent to the Oklahoma Tax Commission to see their evidence from a recent tobacco seizure & requesting a meeting with them. 11) Approved Resolution SF09-144, a resolution approving, au-
thorizing, adopting, submitting, and directing the Bureau of Indian Affairs to accept and include the Sac and Fox Nation Tribal Road and Bridge Priority lists as the official tribal Indian Reservation Road and Bridge Priority Lists to be accepted and included into the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservation Road and Bridge Inventory System as identified at 25 CFR Part 170.420. (Treasurer Hackbarth made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes) 12) Approved Resolution SF09-145, a resolution authorizing and approving an agreement between the Sac and Fox Nation Black Hawk Health Center and MEDCO Health Solutions, Inc., contract # 2009-0107. (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes) 13) Approved applicant #166 to be added to the TEHR applicant list with a retro active date of August 1, 2007. (Vote: George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes)
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“ARE YOU ON THIS LIST OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?” The following list identifies tribal members who have not claimed their 2008 per capita check. We need your help in locating these individuals and getting their addresses updated in the Office of Enrollment. Some of the individuals may be deceased; if so, we need to know. Please call April Marble, Enrollment Specialist, at 918-968-3526 ext. 1015 or 1-800-259-3970 with any updated information. Allen, Rachel Lane McAllister, Donna K Austin, Avis E McAllister, Sharron Barnes, Victor James McCoy, Anthony Blaisdale, Senecah Damian Miles, Nathan Marcus Blaylock, Kara Dawn Moats, Letha Diane Blaylock, Raye Ann Morton, Glenn K Brown, Michelle Star Mulkey-Jones, Melanie Diane Brown, Richard Dean Ortega JR, Luis G Brown, Stewart Matthew Ortega, Hazel Jean Chaney JR, Robert David Osweiler, Devon Crane, Chockatak Osweiler, Jaelynn Crane, Cynthia Ina Pawpa, Gordon Jerome Crawford, Latonni Nicole Pennock, Barbara Colleen Crook, Mary Ann Cummins, Brigette Jean-Marie Petitt, Phillip Joseph Davis, Clyde Benjamin Phillips, Richard Wayne Dean, Rebecca Lea Pipkins, Julia Ann Degraw, Jerre D Ervin, Valeri Denise Eubanks JR, Theodore Wendell Fields, Barbara J
Garson, Brittanie Christine Gregory, Kali Anne Hancock, Georgia Lee Hargrove, Michael G Honeyestewa, V Samuel Wayne Hughes, Regina Carlene
SFNEWS Dear Sac and Fox Council Members: In 2004, the Business Committee was successful in stripping Governing Council of all but a few of our rights. The 2004 Amendment was ‘sold’ to tribal members as giving them a right to vote on all issues rather than allowing, as they expressed, “40 members at Governing Council to Decide Issues.” The effect of the passage of that amendment now allows five (5) members to make desisions on behalf of over 3300 tribal members. Using personal funds, we sent a mailing to tribal members, explaining the true effect of this amendment. However the amendment passed by some 40 votes. Since the passage of the 2004 Amendment, Governing Council as passed numerious resolutions requesting the Business Committee to hold a secretarial election (holding a vote by referendum ballot according to the terms of the Amendment). So in the past four years, how many referendum ballots have you voted on? Not a silngle one. The Revenue Allocation Plan (RAP) provides that “...The Governing Council shall be the sole decision making body as to any action taken upon budget reports and requests and as to the al-
location of funds designated for Tribal Governmental operations and programs.” This provision relates to the Revenue allocation funds which are derived from Casino profits (at this time). Please read an article entitled “7-1/2% Earmark on FY 09 Rap Budgets” in the February issue of the Sac and Fox News, to see how this Business Committee is overrding actions of Governing Council. A budget was approved by Governing Council, without any administrative fee. However, the Business Committee, in a subseqent emergency meeting, took action to freeze those monies approved by Governing Council until the various Committees and Boards provided budgets that included this 7.5% fee. The 7.5% deducts over $200,000.00 from funds available for services and programs for tribal members. Governing Council would not have approved such an exorbitant amount for the Nation to write a few checks. In the alternative, a clerical posistion could be created to administer the budgets at a fraction of the $200,000.00. Further, Per Capita payments are to be made on or before December 17; many tribal members received thir per capita payment in Decem-
Ives, Matthew Sullivan Jones, Henry Lee Jones, William Cliff Kanes, Samuel William Kanes, Wanda
ber 2008, but some did not recieve payment until February. Others have still not received Krueger, James Michael their payment at this Lasley, Gene W Lauderdale, Tracy Zay writing. Since the passage of MacK Mcbride, Dawn Heather the 2004 Amedment, the MacK, Anthony elected officials have MacK, Debra Holly exerted their power over MacY, Ashley Nicole tribal members, regardless of laws, custom or tradition. It is time to do something about this. Therefore, at the request of many ‘disgruntled tribal members’, who include several attorneys, past elected Chiefs, former Business Committee members and other professionals, I am circulating a Petition for a Special Governing Council. The SFN Constituition provides that upon the signature of 50 tribal members, the Principal Chief SHALL (mandatory language) call a Special Governing Council. If you are ready and willing to step up and defend our rights, then I ask that you contact me for a copy of this Petition for your signature and those of your enrolled family members. For a copy of the actual Petition, contact Marjorie Ama Black Roane, 405-447-2406 or e-mail me at [email protected]
Roan, Christina Louise Rogers, Brooks, Christian Rogers, Timothy Paul Schexnider, Diane Rose Setien, Anna Marie Setien, Laura Yvonne Smith, Carrie Patricia Sorensen, Carley Sage Sorensen, Kellie Ann Spoon, James John Staton, Dawn Sherri Stone, Charisse Danielle
Thacker, Brandon Dean Thompson, Helen Jo Troy, Candace Nicole Troy, Jared Scott Troy, Jason Moroni Troy, Mindy Sherre Tyner, Donald Lee Tyner, James Edward Wakole, Thomas Mose Walker, Lester
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Bu s i n ess C o m m i t tee A ctions Continued from page 9 Please be advised that the following are official actions taken by the Business Committee in a Special Business Committee Meeting held the 11th, 12th & 13th days of February, 2009. These actions are to be followed up by the appropriate departments.
14) Approved the low bidder, Earl-Le Dozer Services, for the Oil & Gas Wells project, to be paid from the Oil & Gas Enterprise budget. (Vote: Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes) 15) Approved proceeding on the Tobacco Compact with the state to invoke the ‘Most Favored Nations’ clause with the new $6.65 rate & paragraphs 3 & 4. (Vote: Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent) 16) Approved the Chief Financial Officer to proceed with moving 50% of the Office of Government salaries (BC & Staff) into the Indirect Cost for the Fiscal Years 2008 & 2009 period and to prepare budget modifications for Business Committee approval. (Vote: Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Yes, Mike – Yes) 17) Approved Resolution SF09-146, a resolution approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Sauk Language Department budget in the total funding
amount of One Hundred SeventySeven Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Three Dollars ($177,193.00), the funding source is identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-06. (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes) 18) Approved Resolution SF-09-147, a resolution approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue Allocation Plan Indian Child Welfare Program budget in the total funding amount of Thirty-Seven Thousand Sixty-Six Dollars ($37,066.00), the funding source identified as the approved Governing Council Resolution SF/GC-09-05 & SF/GC-09-06. (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Treasurer Hackbarth seconded. Vote: George – Yes, Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes) 19) Approved Resolution SF09-148, a resolution approving the Calendar Year 2009 Special Diabetes Program for Indians budget in
My Name is Enrique R. Ashley, from Shawnee, OK I’ve been serving on the SFN Pow-Wow Committee for five years and SFN Acivity committee for three years. If you read the March 2009 Issue of the Sac & Fox News on page 15, action #7 for Business Committee Actions on January 6, 2009, you will see where the BC appointed three tribal members to the SFN Activity Committee. The Activity Committee is only funded for five members and that is all. What about the five current members? I called and talked with Tribal Secretary Gwen McCormack Wilburn and she said that she thought the long time members were no longer serving on the committee, and here we had already called a meeting to plan the annual Easter event for the following Monday after my conversation with Gwen. After I had explained all I knew, Gwen said she was not aware of the
planned Monday meeting. I then found out that the BC did not have a copy of the Activity Committee Bylaws. What is worse, the liason for the Activity committee and the PowWow Committee does not maintain contact with either committee. Our liaison’s daughter happens to be one of the three new individuals appointed to the Acitivity Committee. Go figure. So, with this event (the appointing of three new members to the activity Committee at the January 6, 2009 BC meeting) and because the BC has no idea to the day how we operate, they want to replace us with their own family, even though these family members have no idea how we operate either. She asked me, a 26 -year old tribal member, how we run our Activity Committe and for a copy of our by-laws when it supposed to be the other way around. Go figure.... Activity Committee member, Enrique R. Ashley.
the total amount of Four Hundred Sixty-Eight Thousand Two Hundred Seventy-Four Dollars ($468,274.00), the funding source is identified as the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Grant # HID9400238/12. (Committee Member Nanaeto made the motion, Treasurer Hackbarth seconded. Vote: Cheryl – Absent, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes) 20) Approved Resolution SF09-149, a resolution approving the Department of Interior Compact Tribal Integrated Resource Management Plan Development Project Fiscal Year 2009 budget in the amount of Fifty-One Thousand Eight Hundred Fifteen Dollars ($51,815.00), the funding source is identified as the Department of the Interior Compact Annual Funding FY2009. (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: Gwen – Yes, Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – Yes, Mike – Absent) The following actions took place in a Reconvened Special Business Committee Meeting after Executive Session held on the 13th day of February, 2009. All resolutions & correspondence should reflect this. 21) Appointed Rusty Brown as
Interim Tribal Administrator. (Secretary Wilburn made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: Stella – Yes, George – Yes, Cheryl – No, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Yes) 22) HRPA #2009-30 The Business Committee upheld the termination. (Second Chief Tofpi made the motion, Committee Member Nanaeto seconded. Vote: George – No, Cheryl – Yes, Mike – Yes, Gwen – Abstain, Stella – Yes) THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE TABLED: • Complaint Numbering Process was tabled due to the absence of the Second Chief • Tanger Mall Trust Process tabled to the 2/24/09 RBCM – ITA & Realty Director to make corrections to the resolution • HRPA #2009-32 & 33 were returned to Human Resources • A letter will be written to Greg Bigler in reference to Adult Protective Services Guardianships THE NEXT SCHEDULED BUSINESS COMMITTEE MEETINGS ARE: February 24, 2009 RBCM Recording Secretary Jacklyn Williams
Sac & Fox News • April 2009 • Page 12
MISS SAC & FOX NATION JR. MISS SAC & FOX NATION LITTLE MISS SAC & FOX NATION Once again the SFN Activity Committee will be coordinating the selection of the tribal princesses. The selection of the 2009-2010 Tribal Princesses will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the Community Building. A panel of five (5) judges will be selected to judge the competition. Immediately following the competition a reception with food, cake and punch is planned in honor of the outgoing princesses and all princess candidates. The announcement and crowning of the Tribal Princesses will be Thursday night before Grand Entry – Traditional Night of the 46th Annual Sac & Fox Nation Pow-Wow. The princesses will receive SFN monogrammed shawls and banners. A stipend will be available to assist the Princesses with expenses for activities specified below. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE ON THE DAY OF ACTUAL JUDGING – JULY 8, 2009 Guidelines for Princess Selections are as follows: 1. Candidates mu st either be an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Nation or a descendant of an enrolled member (will need to provide proof); 2. Candidates should never have been married, never cohabitated with a member of the opposite sex, and never had children; 3. Candidates must be alcohol-free and drug-free; 4. Candidates will be expected to have basic knowledge of traditional Sac & Fox history; 5. Selected candidates must be willing and able to attend all activities hosted by any Sac & Fox Nation Committee/Board/Commission; 6. Mss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Sac & Fox Nation will be required to attend Red Earth, Tulsa Pow-Wow, IICOT and other events specified by the Activity Committee; 7. Miss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Sac & Fox Nation will be hostesses for any and all visiting royalty at the Nation’s Annual Pow-Wow; 8. Candidates for Miss Sac & Fox Nation must be between the ages of 17-21 years of age before June 30, 2009; 9. Candidates for Jr. Miss Sac & Fox Nation must be between the ages of 13-16 years of year before June 30, 2009; and 10. Candidates for Little Miss Sac & Fox Nation must be between the ages of 7-12 years of age before June 30, 2009. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Georgia Noble at 918-968-3370 or 405-487-7832.
Article & photos by Regina Riley
DAVE NP O RT J O M Students who serve...
Davenport Sophomore Jade Riley, dedicated her spring break, to volunteering at the Stroud Health Care facility. Each morning she arrives at the nursing home to spend time with the elderly residents by reading or just visiting with various individuals. Jade began spending spring break at the nursing home as a “giving back” project two years ago, but now looks forward to spending this time with her new friends each year. Jade found that many of the residents just need someone to listen and care for them, so today Jade invited her younger sister’s softball team, Faster Image, to come and join in on her project time. Four representatives of the Faster Image Teams joined Jade on Wednesday. The girls purchased flowers and delivered them to the residents. One team member Jenny Cartmell who raises miniature schnauzers, brought her pet “Chloie” to come visit too. The dog was a big hit with all the residents bringing smiles to each face that held Chloie. While mentoring these young softball players Jade taught them the importance of respecting elders and gave them an opportunity to hear stories of history from residents who have lived to be over 100 years old. Each girl participating with this “spring break” project gain a new found respect and understanding for local senior citizens that live within our nursing homes. Each girl vowed to return and visit their new found friends and to pay this project forward by continuing volunteer work. Participating Davenport Students were Jade Riley Sophomore, Erin Riley Sixth grade, Jennifer Orr and Kristin Thomas fifth grade, and from Agra Jenny Cartmell seventh grade.
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