Governor's Report - December
Greetings Tribal People!
As the weather is changing and winter is approaching, we hope that everyone
is checking your heaters. Please address all your maintenance calls to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office so they can process your work order.
It was nice to see everyone at the 82nd General Council Meeting held on
October 27, 2018. We had about 87 plus tribal people that attended. It is always
informative to us elected officials to hear concerns that you have for us, as this
is your right to express those concerns. The Community Meetings will start up
again after the holidays, which will be January 26, 2019, @ 10:00 am in the
Multi-Purpose Building on the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Complex.
Absentee Shawnee Tribal Children Christmas Gift
Please make a note; there will not be a Saturday set aside for a movie as we
will be doing something different this year. The AST Tribal children, birth to 18
years of age will be receiving a $25.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card along with a movie
pass at the Jones Theatre in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The first 150 AST to pick-up
their gift card will receive a movie pass.
You will need to have a current (up to date) tribal CDIB card. If you do not
have updated CDIB cards, you will be asked to go to enrollment to get an updated
card for your child or children before receiving gifts. Only parents, grandparents
and individuals that have legal custody of a child or children will be able to receive the gifts cards and movie passes. So please do not ask to pick other tribal
child or children’s gift cards.
With the elections for the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
has come and gone I will be attending the State of State Address in February to
hear the new Republican Governor Kevin Stitt’s address. We also have a new
Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, Republican. I look forward to hearing their
comments on the Gaming Compact which expires in 2020. We, as Tribal Leaders, will need to put this on our “high priority” list. I hope that Governor Stitt has
an open door policy for all tribal concerns.
Native American Month
I was asked by the Westmoore High School Counselor Ms. Carol Carter, and
Sponsor of the Native American Student Association to be a speaker at their
Native American Heritage Assembly on November 8, 2018. I was asked by Ms.
Carter to hit on just being American Indian and some of my experience that I
faced in my early years and being a woman as a tribal leader. As I finish my
speeches to young students I always finish with treats to those who can answer
my questions I ask them. I was very impressed with how they paid attention to
my speech. But when I asked questions about their own tribe they could not answer. So that leads me to believe that not much is said at school or at home about their own heritage.
After my morning speech Tresha Spoon, Education Director of the Absentee
Shawnee and I attended a Fall Pre-Tribal Consultation at Moore Public School
Administration Building. The consultation was for the Spring 2019 Oklahoma
City Metro Indian Education Tribal Consultation for March 13, 2019. The Public
Schools are required by the Federal “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to
have consultations with Tribal Leaders. The school districts in the OKC Metro area include these listed public schools: Edmond Public Schools, Mid-Del
Public Schools, Moore Public Schools, Norman Public Schools, Oklahoma City
Public Schools, Putnam City Public Schools, Western Heights Public Schools
and Yukon Public Schools.
Governor’s October and November Meetings:
20th Travel: National Congress American Indian Conference Denver, Colorado
21st – 25th NCAI
26th Halloween Activity Absentee Shawnee Police 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
27th 10:00 am General Council
28th Travel to Washington DC
29th – 31st Transportation Meeting, Washington DC
1st 1:00 pm Meeting in OKC discussion of upcoming meeting (ATOKA)
3rd 10:00 am ATOKA Meeting (AST Complex)
5th 1:00 pm Norman City Commissioner Meeting (Rod Cleveland) American Heritage
6th 10:00 am Tribe and Health Budget Meeting
7th 10:00 am Sac and Fox Nation Grand Opening CTSA Head Start Program
8th 10:30 am Westmoore High School Speaker Native American Assembly
1:00 – 7:00 pm Consultation and Tribal Meet & Greet Moore Public School
11th 1:30 pm Veterans Parade Norman, Oklahoma
12th Veterans Day – NO WORK
13th Community Action Silent Auction/Dinner at the Shawnee Expo 6:00 pm
14th 9:00 am Tribal Perspectives Focus Group - State Capital
15th 6:00 pm OKC Reception for Harvey Pratt sponsor by the Cheyenne &
16th 9:00 am CTSA Board Meeting
17th 10:00 am Elders Meeting
6:30 pm White Turkey Bingo Horseshoe Bend
19th 9:00 am Monthly Directors Meeting
Present: Media, Court, Thunderbird Casino, Absentee Shawnee Housing,
Domestic Violence, CCDF/After School, Building Blocks II, Building Blocks III,
Education, Health, Indian Child Welfare, Tax, Gaming Commission, Police,
Social Service, Enrollment. Executive Committee Present: Lt. Governor
Blanchard, Secretary Johnson, Treasurer Ellis, Representative Fletcher and I.
Not present: Maintenance, Finance, Procurement, OEH, Reality, Cultural
Preservation, Human Resources, Title VI.
Representative Fletcher gave an update on Human Resources and Cultural
6:30 pm TEC Board Meeting
20th 11:00 am Oklahoma Historical Society Event OKC (Speaker Donald Fixico),
21st 10:00 am Executive Committee Meeting
12:00 pm Tribal Office Closed Thanksgiving Holiday
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.
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.
Help me make a difference - stand beside me and Let us Build for the Future (BFF)