Message From The Chair - June
I hope this note finds everyone in good health and spirits. Today is sunny and bright, much needed after the recent weather we have been experiencing in Northern Oklahoma. Kaw Nation has taken a few hits these past few weeks, but we are coming out of the storm stronger than ever.
On May 5th lightning struck our headquarters building and took out the phone system. The system was so old there were no replacement parts available. The phone company was finally able to locate two boards that allowed us to have a few lines available. The good news is that the capital improvement line item that was put in place will provide the funds for a new system.
On the night of May 7th, an F1 tornado struck the town of Newkirk. I am happy to report that there were no injuries. There was damage to multiple buildings, trees, and fences. The roof was blown off the Domestic Violence Office. The Kaw Nation community came quickly together and assisted with the removal and storage of salvageable items. Wi'blaha to KN employees, maintenance, and the Southwind Casino for all of their help.
Duke Energy, a utility company that has a division for renewable energy has been in the local news. Duke built a wind farm east of Newkirk with plans to expand to lands surrounding Newkirk. Natural sources of energy are welcomed as a means of providing the power we need without the harmful effects of fossil fuels. Kaw Nation opposed the placement of turbines near Washunga Cemetery and the White Plum Housing Addition. I am happy to report that those turbines have been removed from the project or pushed back from KN property. Kaw Nation also participated in the negotiation of the roads use agreement with the County Commissioners.
Kaw Nation legal codes and policies continue to be updated with the help of the Attorney General's office. The hope is to have all online by the end of the year as well as having an online law library.
The tax commission has been busy updating the alcohol ordinance and writing regulations to keep within the parameters of the new alcohol law in Oklahoma. Kaw Nation now charges taxes on all sales that are on trust land. This has upset some people, but it is a common practice and will add revenue to the Kaw Nation. The tag office is staffed and has added the sale of farm tags.
Upcoming events are the Kaw Language dance June 1st and Washunga Days June 21-22. Hope to see some of you there.
As we approach Memorial Day to remember it is not just a day off work, but a time to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.