Tahsuda Named

Second in Charge



The “Indian Road” south of Carnegie is now officially the “Native American Veterans Memorial Indian Road. 
Upper echelon officials of Fort Sill Military Base and Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Tribes gathered together to show respect to fallen heroes, as well as all Veterans, by renaming the road in their honor.
The scene was Apache Dance Grounds with well over 400 spectators in attendance , while over 1700 viewed the event on the Kiowa Tribe’s Facebook page.
Cheers and “lulus” rang out as each of the Tribal Chairmen made comments on the event and recited names of the Fallen Warriors in each tribe.
Major General Brian J. McKiernan, Commanding General of Fort Sill, made the key note address and spoke of his pride serving in the military for 30 years and that Native Americans are always aware of their Tribal members in the military.
“When I’m among you, I’m among a community who never forgets and always finds a way to honor their service members, and so I thank you.”, said the Major General.​

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Eight months into President Donald Trump’s term, the Bureau of Indian Affairs lacks a permanent leader, but two Oklahoma Tribal members have been appointed to lower leadership posts.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, joined the bureau earlier this month as principle deputy assistant
secretary, the bureau’s second-in charge.
“I appreciate Secretary for giving me this tremendous opportunity to bring greater prosperity to tribes and their communities,” Tahsuda sid in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with tribal leaders on finding ways to make Indian Affairs programs more responsive to their needs.”
Tahsuda was previously a lobbyist on tribal affairs in Washington, a staffer for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and, before that, the National Indian Gaming Association’s top lawyer.
I’m confident he will be an effective advocate for our tribes,” said Matthew Komalty, chairman of the Kiowa Tribe. “We look forward to working with him.”


      BIA Now Accepting HIP Applications

Carlisle Indian School

Community Workshop

The Comanche Nation will be hosting a team from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.​

The team received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Program (NHPRC) for the project "Carlisle Indian School (CIS) Digital Resource Center-Interrogating and Reclaiming History from Multiple Perspectives." 

Part of the grant objective includes visiting communities that sent large numbers of children to Carlisle, as well as, to conduct workshops which will provide descendants, community members and students the opportunity to explore documents written by and about their relatives.

For a list of the Kiowa and Comanche students please visit the Kiowa Tribe website at 

www.kiowatribe.org. If you would like to know more about the workshop, contact the Kiowa Museum at 580-654-6370 or the Comanche Nations Tribal Historic Preservation Office at 580-595-9618



AARP Honors

AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Indian Elder Honors, celebrating 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their communities, families, and tribal nations. Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 450 elders from all 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma.
The AARP Indian Elder Honors recognizes the extraordinary contribution of Indian elders – many of whom have never been recognized before.  Last year’s honorees from 33 Oklahoma tribal nations included teachers, veterans, nurses, artists, tribal leaders, language and culture preservationists, and even a champion archer and a 10 time world champion female arm wrestler

This year’s Indian Elder Honors will be held October 2, 2018 in Oklahoma City. Nomination applications are online at https:aarp.cvent.com/2018IndianElders.  Nominations may be submitted electronically or mailed to AARP Oklahoma, 126 N. Bryant, Edmond, OK, 73034.  Nominees must be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Oklahoma tribal nation, age 50+, and must be living. Nominees do not have to be AARP members. For more information, please contact Mashell Sourjohn at 405-715-4474 or msourjohn@aarp.org . The deadline for submitting nominations is April 30, 2018.





           Kiowa Indian Council Coordinator-Davetta Geimausaddle

​My name is Davetta Geimausaddle-Domebo, Kiowa Indian Council Coordinator. I am the oldest daughter of the late Melva Gene Tinetiah (Haumpo)-Geimausaddle and my Dad is Dave Geimausaddle. My Grandparents are Julia Tsonetokoy-Lonewolf & Bell Lonewolf; Mom’s Dad is Rev.Elvin Tinetiah (Haumpo) who married my Grandma Mattie Tsonetokoy. Grandpa Elvin’s folks were Florence Geiogamah and Haumpo. My maternal great Grandparents are the late Tshante Tsonetokoy and Isaac Tsonetokoy from the Mountain View-Rainy Mountain-Sugar Creek community. My Dad’s parents are the late Rev.George Geimausaddle and May Apekaum. My paternal great Grandparent is “Old Man” Jarvis Geimausaddle & Tayoodle and Inez (Gouladdle) & Stewart Prentiss. My Grandma May’s father is John Apekaum. They were from the Saddle Mountain-Zoletone community. My parents graduated from Riverside Indian School and Haskell.
Couple of years while living in Sugar Creek, I attended a country school south of Mountain View, Sedan and also attended Mountain View high school, as well as Fort Sill-MacArthur high school, in Lawton. During my school days, my folks appreciated the Indian Relocation programs which moved us to Los Angeles, California. I graduated from Bell Gardens High, California. My higher education started at Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California. I was employed at California State Polytechnic University, Financial Aid Student services, Pomona as Administrative Technical Support, working with students. In 1993, I returned home to Mountain View. I worked at the AOA for the Kiowa Elders for a short time. I also worked at the Kiowa Alcohol Drug Program in Carnegie. In 1994, I returned to college full time at USAO, Chickasha, majoring in Psychology and Native American Studies with Dr. Howard Meredith. I graduated in 1997 with a B.S. degree. I was employed with the University of Oklahoma from 1998 to 2017, as an Academic Counselor, Department of Psychology. I completed my Master’s degree in Native American Studies in 2010. My research was Tribal Constitutions. I graduated with College Distinction, Gamma Beta Phi Society. I retired from the University of Oklahoma in May this year and began working with the Kiowa Tribe, Indian Child Welfare program, as Coordinator. I joined the American War Mothers, Kiowa Chapter 18 when my son enlisted with the US Navy in 1999. I have visited the various Kiowa communities during the years studying Tribal government and appreciate every family I met. I extend Àhós to the Kiowa members for their advice and support and to our Kiowa leaders who participated in constitutional discussions during the years of meetings. Dàuqí àl yá tá:àu:màu gaum, Cáuiqácômbàu (I believe that God will help our Kiowa people.)










The Carnegie Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Orval Williams, James Powers and Terri Johnson joins the Kiowa Vice-Chairman Charles Eisenberger, Oklahoma Senator Anastasia A. Pittman-District 48 Co-Chair of the Oklahoma Native American Caucus, Kiowa Princess Renora Corriveau, Kiowa Tribe Chairman Matt Komalty and Chamber Ambassadors Kelly Williams and Bryce Marshall.
Symbolically Cutting the ribbon is Penelope Williams, Granddaughter of Beth Gooday.


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The Housing Improvement Program is a home repair, renovation, replacement, and housing grant program administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) federally-recognized Indian Tribes for American Indians and Alaska Native individuals and families who have no immediate resource for standard housing. To be eligible for HIP assistance, you must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or be an Alaska Native; live in an approved tribal service area; have an income that does not exceed 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines; have present housing that is substandard, as defined in the regulations 25 CFR, Part 256; have no other resource for housing assistance; have not previously received HIP assistance for repairs, renovation, replacement or housing, or down payment assistance; and have not acquired your present housing through a federally sponsored housing program within the  previous 20 years. Interested applicants should contact Roman Johnson at the Southern Plains Region BIA for an application at 405-247-6120.

A package containing the application, guidelines, and required supporting documentation necessary in order to qualify for eligibility.

Some regulations have changed that may improve your status. If you have submitted an application in the past it is recommended that a new application be submitted for an update. A new category has been added to assist in down payments and the point system had been modified to enhance eligibility.

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