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Governor’s REPORT - October 2019

Hello Tribal People!

It seems Fall Season is here but it does not feel like it as the temperature is still in the high eighties and low nineties. The General Council Meeting is scheduled for October 19, 2019, at 10:00 am at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Complex. Hope to see everyone there!

GAMING COMPACT

Since the release of the September newsletter, Tribal Leaders have met and sent
another letter out on September 10, 2019, to the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney
General – Mike Hunter (AG). As this issue continues, most, if not all tribal nations in Oklahoma, are still standing together as one. The Tribal Leaders Meeting was held at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 10, 2019, at 1:00 pm.  Tribal Nations that were in attendance:

  • Absentee Shawnee Tribe
  • Pawnee Nation
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe
  • Ottawa Tribe
  • Sac and Fox Nation
  • Kickapoo Tribe
  • Iowa Tribe
  • Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe
  • Alabama Quassarte Tribe Town
  • Quapaw Nation
  • Delaware Nation
  • Comanche Nation
  • Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
  • Fort Sill Apache
  • Otoe-Missouria Tribe
  • Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • Osage Nation
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Seminole Nation
  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Choctaw Nation
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Kaw Nation
  • Tonkawa Tribe
  • Seneca-Cayuga Nation
  • Shawnee Tribe
  • Wichita & Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma
  • Apache Tribe
  • Wyandotte Nation
  • Peoria Tribe
  • Kiowa Tribe
  • Ponca Tribe

The Office of Attorney General Mike Hunter has hired a law firm from Michigan
to aid the state in gaming conversations. The State is looking for assistance from
this firm in terms of renegotiating the tribal gaming compacts. As this issue continues to fold out, we will keep you, the Tribal People of our Great Tribe - the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, updated.

OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY

As everyone is aware, there has been construction on I-40 Interstate Highway
due to a turnpike being built. It is nearing completion with this expansion crossing
the lands of three sovereign nations: the Kickapoo Tribe, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

It has been practiced that segments of the turnpike extending across tribal nations have been named in honor of those tribes whose land the turnpike crosses. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is committed to continuing this practice in order to honor the nations whose land they cross, as well as to increase public awareness of Oklahoma’s tribal nations.

With the majority of the facility falls within Kickapoo tribal jurisdiction, trust lands
were acquired for the construction of the turnpike with the support of the Kickapoo Tribe. The OTA would like to recognize the turnpike in naming the turnpike “The Kickapoo Turnpike”.

Letters were sent out from the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to the Absentee
Shawnee Tribe and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for our approval. We did send in a letter of approval in support of the naming of “Kickapoo Turnpike”. We congratulate our neighboring tribe, the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, for great honor and recognition of the State.

Governor August and September Meetings

August

21st 6:00 pm United Indian Nations Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas Board
Member Meeting In Pawnee, Oklahoma

22nd 1:00 pm Tribal Leaders Gaming Compact Meeting at the Grand Casino

29th 2:00 pm meeting with EC

30th AST Day (Closed)

31st Senior Games OKC Played 3 on 3 Basketball

September

2ND Labor Day (Closed)

6th Walkthrough at new CTSA Building 10:00 am

7th Tribal Leaders invite from OU President attend OU Football

9th 9:00 am Tribal Court

10th 1:00 pm Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Tribal Leaders Meeting
Gaming Compact Osage Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma

11th 6:00 pm Traveled to Osage Casino for Reception for Fawn Sharp running for
NCAI President

12th 8:00 am United Indian Nations Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, Inc., Meeting
at the Osage Casino Tulsa, Oklahoma 

13th 2:00 pm Finley and Cook Meeting – CTSA Financials

16th 9:00 am Directors Meeting Lt. Governor and I took Directors out to
breakfast as there were a few that showed up for Directors Meeting.

Present at Meeting: CCDF Coordinator/After School, Absentee Shawnee Housing,
Courts, Maintenance, Social Service, Domestic Violence, Media.

It has been bought to my attention that directors that are not oversight of the Lt.
Governor or The Governor was told they do not have to attend the directors' meeting that is called on every 3rd Monday of each month.

18th 10:00 am Executive Committee Meeting I was not present due to a
presentation I planned 5 months ago. It was a personal presentation so 8 hours
of leave was taken. This was the First Executive Committee Meeting that I was
not present in 6 years.

EXPRESSIONS

For those families who may have lost a loved one this month, I offer my sincere
condolences to you and your family on your loss.

CONCLUSION

I appreciate Tribal Members that have come by my office or called with their
concerns. My door is open unless I am in a meeting or attending a meeting elsewhere. My office is not behind locked doors. 

Help me make a difference and stand beside me and let us “Build for the Future” (BFF)

Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe
405 275-4030, Ext: 6308
405 481-0397 Tribal Cell Number

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